Preparing a Wooden Painter’s Palette

Preparing a Wooden Painter’s Palette


I just bought this relatively inexpensive
palette and it doesn’t appear that the manufacturer sealed it very good, I can still feel the
wood grain. I’m going to show you today how I would seal up the wood and get it ready
for painting. I’ve laid the
wooden palette out here on a comfortable flat
surface and I’m going to be working some linseed oil into the palette. Don’t worry
about using any fancy, artistic linseed oil, save that for your paintings. You can just
use the regular, inexpensive, boiled linseed oil from a hardware store.
Instead of using an old shirt or a cheap rag I actually like to go one extra step and use
a lint free rag, these are the types of rags you buy for cleaning glass. I think it’s
well worth the extra pennies. I actually restore a lot of old hand tools
using this same method. Okay, I’m not going to put a real heavy
coat on, I would get a much better result if I wipe off any excess linseed oil that
I’ve added and then just let this dry overnight and then I can add another layer or two. You’ll
be much better off if you add a few thin layers rather than trying to add one heavy layer.
As you can see there’s no pools, there’s not an excessive amount here. So we’ll let
this dry and we’ll come back to it later. Here I am about a week later. I ended up adding
three coats to this palette using the linseed oil and I let each coat dry overnight and
then I gave it a very light sanding with the grain with 400 grit sandpaper and then I let
that last layer of linseed oil dry for several days. This palette looks and feels great.
I can’t feel any of the woodgrain. I can’t wait to put some paint on this and use it.
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27 thoughts on “Preparing a Wooden Painter’s Palette

  1. What if you have one that you hadn't sealed. I didn't even know that was necessary. Can you clean it and then seal it? How come you waited for a week?

  2. Hello, I recently ruined a wooden palette with dried acrylic, I have heat scrapped it off and will sand it back to wood. My question… Can I use this BLO method to bring it back to good? Protect it? And continue to use it again? Also, when I clean off after a painting session with with spirits will this remove the linseed oil? And I have to re apply? Many thanks in advance.

  3. +vengadorsky Perfect timing… I just wrote about wooden palette prep and cleaning today! check out: http://helloartsy.com/wooden-palette/

  4. Thank you for this! I haven't done this in years! I was looking all day for my 'print' instructions, thank you so much! I will look forward to seeing your other videos. 🙂

  5. wow this is easy enough im so glad i found this video since i just bought a wooden palette today oddly enough it was a richeson brand as well

  6. You can also apply a varnish onto the palette to seal it since this method is a bit dangerous due to the friction of the oil, which can combust.

  7. Be careful of boiled linseed oil because it creates heat when it dries so if you leave it on towels and you leave it balled up it could catch on fire

  8. I just have refined linseed oil…is that okay to use? It's for a gift and I'm in a time bind!

    Also, how do I properly dispose of linseed objects to avoid a combustion?

  9. what do you do with your rag when you finish with it? I live in Arizona so I know combustion is an outcome if I don't clean it properly. is regular detergent and water fine?

  10. I didn't know you meant to do that so its already got paint on it so is it ok to seal it when its been used

  11. Since you're coating it with linseed oil I take this palette would be for oil paint not acrylics, correct?

    Would you use a poly or varnish if you were going to use it with acrylic paints? Or is this just not the right kind palette for acrylics?

  12. Hi! I use acrylics. How would I clean the wood? Is ther precautions I should take? Is it bad to soak the wood completely in water? Thanks.

  13. It's important to dispose of your rags properly. There is a fire hazard if you just dispose of them without properly drying the rags first

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