Plastic Palette for Acrylic Painting

Plastic Palette - a great option for acrylic painting. Find out about different types of it in this guide from Smart Art Materials.

Plastic Palette considered to be one of the best artist palettes for Acrylic Painting. The reason is that the plastic these palettes are made from is extra-durable, thick, high-impact and easy to clean.

Some of these palettes are designed especially for acrylic paint and help to improve fast-drying characteristics of this paint. Another important advantage is that plastic palette is pretty safe to use, as it has no sharp edges, it won't break or crack if you accidentally drop it. Last but not least - they are pretty affordable and come in a variety of shapes, designs, and sizes.

Covered Plastic Palette

The biggest thing about acrylic paints is that without adding retarding medium they dry pretty fast. Which is why Covered Palette consists of two parts: palette tray and a tight-fitting lid. It keeps paint moist and workable between sessions (however, it will not keep the moist in forever).

Sta-Wet Plastic Palette

Plastic Palette - a great option for acrylic painting. Find out about different types of it in this guide from Smart Art Materials.
Masterson Sta-Wet

The Sta-Wet Palette is a covered palette (it has a lid), and it's a great option for acrylic painting. It will help save you paint, money, and time by preserving the freshness of paint, both while you are painting and between painting sessions.

Paints will stay moist on the open palette for hours. Once the lid is closed, the paints will stay in workable condition even for days.

These plastic palettes come with a tray, lid, sponge (the fundamental component), and usually palette paper sheets. Moisten the sponge and lay it inside the tray, then place the paper on top. Done!

This way, if you mixed your paint and suddenly need to go away for a few hours, or maybe you just prefer to work slowly -  your paints will not be dried on this palette for a while. Downside: need to buy new palette paper sheets. This Sta-Wet Palette is available from Masterson.

Peel-Off Plastic Palette

Plastic Palette - a great option for acrylic painting. Find out about different types of it in this guide from Smart Art Materials.
Fredi Weber Peel Tray

If you ever tried to clean dried acrylic paint off, you would appreciate the advantages of the Peel-off Palette! It's high-impact, non-porous plastic construction makes it particularly suitable for acrylics.

Dried paint peels away almost like magic, providing you with a clean, fresh palette for every painting session. No more scrubbing! Some peel-off palettes also come with an air-tight lid. Downside: you need to wait until the paint is completely dry to peel it off.

Check out this sectional Martin Universal Mijello Fredi Weber Peel Tray Palette.

Plastic Paint Tray

Plastic Palette - a great option for acrylic painting. Find out about different types of it in this guide from Smart Art Materials.
Fun Express Palette

This one can be either in the traditional palette shape with the thumb hole or just a rectangular shape. Plastic palette trays come with several mixing wells and with or without a surface for mixing.

It's perfect for soft body, fluid, high flow paint, and inks. If this sounds interesting, check out Fun Express Paint Palette.

Clear/White Acrylic Palette

Plastic Palette - a great option for acrylic painting. Find out about different types of it in this guide from Smart Art Materials.
Helan Large Oval Palette

Clear or white acrylic Palette is made of thick acrylic plastic. The edges are smoothly finished with a comfortable grip. The shape may vary, but generally, it's designed to look just like the traditional wooden one with the curved shape and hole for your thumb. 

Another option for clear acrylic is a Plexiglas Palette, also known as acrylic glass, PMMA or Poly. It's made of clear acrylic plastic (methyl methacrylate).
Plexiglass is similar to real glass but safer and cheaper. The disadvantage of this type palette is that it's a little more difficult to clean, especially if acrylics had dried - to remove acrylic paint from acrylic palette you need to use alcohol.  Check out the Helan Large Oval Shaped White Plastic Palette if you like this option.

My favorite

Plastic Palette - a great option for acrylic painting. Find out about different types of it in this guide from Smart Art Materials.I highly recommend all acrylic painting lovers to give good quality plastic palette a try! Out of all mentioned above, I like Masterson Sta-Wet and Mijello Fredi Weber Peel-off Palette the most, although my all time favorite is not on this list, because it's a glass palette.  If you want to know more about it and other types of Artist's Palette, check out this page - Paint Palette - Guide - Types and Differences.

Let me know if you have any questions! 🙂

Cheers,

Olga

6 thoughts on “Plastic Palette for Acrylic Painting

  1. Mat A. says:

    Hi Olga,
    Love your post on plastic pallets for acrylic paints. When I was in high school and college art was my big thing. I did a variety of mediums from drawing to sculpting and even drumming for a few years. Ultimately my favorite was working with acrylic paints.
    20 years later and I decided to pick up painting again. I went out and bought myself a few cheap plastic pallets and of course some brushes and paints. My issue has been that I have limited time to do the painting so I wind up tossing a lot of my paint. I think the Sta-Wet pallet may be just what I need! Thanks so much for the review and providing the information.
    Cheers!
    Mat A.

    • Olga says:

      Hi Mat,

      thanks a lot for your comment! Acrylic paint is my favorite too, but yes, it dries pretty fast, which causes the waste. There are few things you can do about it: get a proper palette – and Sta-Wet is one of the best options so far. Get a retarding medium, it will slow down the drying times. Another option is a water spray bottle – simply spray some water over your paint and palette and it will keep your paint fresh for an extended time.

      Cheers!

  2. Wee Little Worlds says:

    The Sta-Wet Palette sounds perfect! I never finish what I’m doing in one sitting, and a lot of the time I end up trying to recreate a color I’ve already created, and repainting the whole project because I can’t quite match it. (I don’t paint canvases often, I actually use acrylics to paint miniature furniture).
    Thank you for your research!

    • Olga says:

      Hi there, thanks for comments! Yeah, sta-wet is perfect for everyone who’s finishing the painting in more than one session. 

      Acrylic paint is tricky that way, but trying to mix the same color is actually a great practice to do and an awesome exercise for your color vision. I know it can be frustrating at first, but once you get better in it, you will never have this problem again. Also, if you are using low-quality acrylics, they tend to dry in a darker shade, that can also be pretty frustrating and hard to recreate. So even if you are using a student grade paint, try to use a better quality one

      Cheers, 

      Olga

  3. Zack says:

    Lots of palettes to choose from! I took several art classes in high school and the “Fun Express Palette” brings me back. It is almost always the best choice for children if anyone is looking to get there child a set. It may only have 6 sections in this palette but this allows kids to get into the basic colors! The mixing and creativity then follows!

    Love your post! My 2 year old daughter is starting to get into drawing! I’ll be making a visit back to your site once she starts getting in to the painting!

    Thanks,
    Zack

    • Olga says:

      Hi Zack, it’s so nice to hear that this post awakens such nice memories 🙂 You should get back to painting along with your daughter! 

      By the way, feel free to contact me if you ever have questions about any of the art supplies and options for beginners.

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