It can take me weeks or months to finish a floral oil painting depending upon the size of the canvas and the complexity of the composition. Sadly a pallet of oils would dry hard a as a rock if left in the open air.
But, one of the nice things about working with oils besides the luscious colors is I don’t waste a lot of paint remixing colors. Oil paints unlike Acrylic paints can be put in the freezer. Don’t put Acrylics in the freezer they will be ruined.
So how do you put an oil pallet in the freezer and keep it from messing up all of the things in your freezer you ask. Put your pallet in a pallet container like the one in the image below. This container is 16.5″ x 12.5″ and holds my pallet nicely. You can find the Masterson containers at DickBlick.com, but you may be able to find them at other locations.
When I am done painting for the day I put my pallet into the Masterson container and ensure most of the air is out, then put it into the freezer. I take my pallet container out of the freezer when I am ready to paint again and let it warm up before I open it. I have cracked the Masterson pallet containers when I have tried to open them right out of the freezer. I have also found that you get a better airtight seal when you put Vaseline along the edges where the container seals, see the red arrow in the image below. When you store your pallet like this it can last weeks even month before you have to scrape off the pigment and remix. I find that different colors dry faster than other.
If you have any questions or have ideas for a future blog drop me a note. Happy painting.