Photo caption: This step-by-step art tutorial for beginners teaches you how to make a painter’s palette. Photo courtesy of the Milan Art Institute.
When the words “artist palette” come to mind, you probably think of Bob Ross’s larger than life palette, an old, wooden, paint encrusted, hand-held one, a disposable pad of palette paper, or even (cringe) a paper plate.
Perhaps you’ve used one of the above painter’s palettes yourself, but we’d like to share with you how to make a glass paint palette that is much more practical and versatile and less expensive in the long run.
This is important because your artist’s palette is the one tool you will always work with. This is true whether you become a professional artist or are even a student artist in traditional painting and drawing classes or an abstract art course.
A glass palette is inexpensive to make, easy to clean, and reusable, so in the long run it is less wasteful and you will save money. (Money you can spend on more art supplies!)
Aside from all of these reasons, the artist who can make his/ her own art tools is an empowered artist. Knowing how to set up your artist’s studio allows you to take control of your art career.
To make your painter’s palette, you’ll need the following supplies:
Photo caption: John Milan demonstrates how to adhere the tape to a DIY painter’s palette.
For everyday use, make your painter’s palette at least a 16 x 20“. You can always customize the size depending on its purpose (plein air painting, larger projects, etc.)
If you need extra guidance, watch this video. John Milan offers a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a paint palette.
Video caption: How to make an affordable glass painter’s palette.
Becoming an exceptional artist means that you have mastered every aspect of your art career, including the behind-the-scenes stuff, like making an artist’s palette. This step-by-step art tutorial was intended to empower you to be that kind of artist.
If you’d like some more in-depth art tutorials for students, consider joining the Milan Art Institute Art Club, or if you’re interested in becoming a professional artist, look into the Mastery Program. It’s a one-year professional training program that teaches you how to become a professional artist.
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