Seems like everything is clear here, but you'll be surprised, how many different types of the palette are there!
To classify paint palette, we can use two criterions:
1. Position of the palette during the painting: tabletop palette or the one that you hold in your hand;
2. Materials palette is made from: Plastic, Glass, Paper, Wooden Palette.
1. The position of Palette during the painting
This palette is resting on the table or secured on the easel or any other working surface.
This palette is designed to be held in the artist's hand and rest on the arm, with the curved shape and hole for your thumb. The holding palette comes in right- or left-handed shape.
There is no right or wrong way, which one to use depends on goals and personal preferences. I like tabletop palettes better because I like both of my hand to be free. also, my hand gets tired of holding. So I only use holding palette when I paint standing.
2. Types op Artist's Palette Materials:
Check this article Plastic Palette for Acrylic Painting to get full information about this type of artist's palette, including the most useful and popular ones: Covered Palette, Sta-Wet Palette, Peel-off, Plastic Paint Tray, Clear Acrylic Plastic, and Plexiglass.
Disposable Palette Pads come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with or without thumb hole. Click here to get the full information about this type of artist's palette.
Wooden Paint Palette
There are many options to choose from... However, I hope this artist's palette guide have helped you to get the idea of all the diversity. IMHO, safety glass and plastic palettes (peel-off or sta-wet) are the best for acrylic painting.
Tip: if you have no artist's palette around, but you really need something to mix paints on, make it up with whatever you might have on hand - plastic plates, magazines, even mirror.
Tell me, what is your favorite kind?