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Two-fisted drinking is not an option while painting. Where would I put my brush.

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Two-fisted drinking is not an option while painting. Where would I put my brush.

Your mouth. The dextrous ability of mouth painting may surprise you.

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Ah, wet palette. One of my favorite painting tools.

 

nakos, I think the problem you're having is the sponge that you're using. If it is the foam that comes with the minis it's not the best kind to use, works in a pinch but not ideal. From what I understand, the bigger the airholes of the sponge the less water it holds. I prefer low wet palettes, since I have a tendency to jab my brush on the side of deep ones. I used to use sponge cloths (cellulose I believe),

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the same material as the one included in Masterson sta-wet palettes, if I'm not mistaken.

 

My current favorite sponge is the synthetic chamois (PVA sponge). Soaks up more water the cellulose sponges. OK, it's thinner so once I cut it to size (which I had to do wet since it expands significantly) I use 3 sheets to get to a thickness I'm happy with. It could absorb up to 12x it's dry weight in water. Sorry can't find an image of the ones I actually use.

 

You mentioned that in constructing your wet palette, you had to squeeze the sponge to get all the air out. With either the cellulose or the PVA sponge all you have to do is pour water on top and the sponge just soaks it in (well unless the PVA sponge is bone dry then you'd have to squeeze it a little to get it pliable again). I guess just like paper towels. My problem with paper towels is they always end up lumpy.

 

 

 

Stores here stopped selling Reynolds parchment paper, so I turned to Glad brand instead. Then I tried rolls of baking paper from a local baking supply store, cheaper and better permeability (maybe because no silicon(?) coating?). The problem I had with these was that I usually poked holes in them when I get too eager mixing paints.

 

 

My order of W&N Compact Palette Refill arrived last March and I've been using the paper from that.

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I looks about the same as parchment paper but more durable. I've been using the same sheet (again cut to size) for almost 4 months now. I just rinse it off, with a little light scrubbing, if I want to start fresh. That one sheet I've been using is now slightly stained but still in one piece. I'd appreciate it if someone can tell me if there is a stationary store equivalent of this paper, maybe for a cheaper source.

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I had the same trouble you were seeing with parchment paper. I switched over to cheap wax paper. "What?!" you say... isn't wax paper non-porous? I thought so too, until I tried it and got surprisingly great results. Nothing special with the sponge or water levels. Just wet your sponge, lay on the wax paper and give it 3 to 5 mins to wick in moisture.

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I'm an unrepentant heathen. I like it to last longer and I enjoy the smooth transition from straight whisky to 'time for a refill' thinned whisky. Also, I like cold beverages.

 

Also I prefer the 10 year Laphroaig to the 18 year!

 

But I'd share yours as the host serves it, Kris :) I'm a polite guest. At least until the stories start.

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I'm an unrepentant heathen. I like it to last longer and I enjoy the smooth transition from straight whisky to 'time for a refill' thinned whisky. Also,

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Also I prefer the 10 year Laphroaig to the 18 year!

 

But I'd share yours as the host serves it, Kris :) I'm a polite guest. At least until the stories start.

An unrepented heathen no less. Do you think they had ice cubes when they first started making this fine beverage? Now far be it for me to disparage another man's choice of brands, because at least you ate drinking scotch after all, but 18 year old Macallan will put paid to your 10 year old Laphroaig. I won't even let you look at the bottle of the 21 year old scotch. Edited by Heisler
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bah, a splash of water dilutes it more than an ice cube ever will. It's a sipping drink yes, but sipping is not the same as leaving it sit for a half hour while your ice melts.

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bah, a splash of water dilutes it more than an ice cube ever will. It's a sipping drink yes, but sipping is not the same as leaving it sit for a half hour while your ice melts.

Your definition of a splash of water and mine are obviously much different. Just enough to release all the aroma.
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ain't nothin wrong with scotch on the rocks. Water is best served in cube form surrounded by whiskey

Another heathen that does not appreciate good scotch. A splash of water is okay but even a single ice cube dilutes this magical elixir far to much. I'll not be sharing any of my 18 year single malts with you! You probably don't even own a set of scotch glasses.

 

 

Complete agreement here.  A small dash of water perhaps, but NO ICE!  I know the malt I had at ReaperCon didn't even look at a cube of ice....

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bah, a splash of water dilutes it more than an ice cube ever will. It's a sipping drink yes, but sipping is not the same as leaving it sit for a half hour while your ice melts.

Your definition of a splash of water and mine are obviously much different. Just enough to release all the aroma.

 

 

The other problem with ice is that it numbs the taste buds.  Why they want people to drink Budweiser ice cold....

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Budweiser has to be ice cold. In fact frozen is best. Especially if it's frozen to the point the bottles/cans burst and cover the insides of a car belonging to someone you dislike.....yeah, I think that might be the best use for Bud. Which still puts it several steps above bud light, and MGD 

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Wow, I didn't even have to come in here to jack this thread. You guys make me so proud.

 

And not even a hint of the Goblin one either.....hmm better keep it down incase of pitter patter.

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