|Brand Name||John Pike|
|Item Weight||1.4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||15.2 x 10.7 x 0.9 inches|
|Item model number||PMJPP|
|Manufacturer Part Number||PMJPP|
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John Pike Watercolor Palette plastic palette
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- Made of injection molded plastic
- Great for watercolors and acrylics
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This John Pike Palette is especially designed for watercolors and acrylics. It measures 10-1/2 x 15 and is made of injection molded plastic.
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I love the quality of the plastic. It's made of styrene, which is much more heavy-duty than most of the other palettes out there. It doesn't weigh a lot or anything, but it feels really sturdy and substantial in your hand. Many other plastic palettes are so light and flimsy-feeling that you'll wonder how they could sell them for nearly the same price as this one. This thing is built to last. It's really common to see artists who've been using theirs for over 20 years.
The Pike palette also has tons of open mixing space without any barriers or separations, and if you use the inside of the lid, it more than doubles the space you get in the palette. I really love that the wells are big and have only 3 walls, making them open to the mixing area of the palette. I know that some people don't like this, and say that watery color can sometimes leak out, but I find that the open design makes it a lot easier to get a bigger brush in there. The palette also has one side without any wells, so you don't run the risk of dripping color from your brush over any paint wells while on your way to your paper.
The palette is plastic, so two things to keep in mind. One is when you first get it, just like any other plastic palette its surface will be too slick, and your paint will bead up on it. Scrub it with fine steel wool or sandpaper to scuff up the surface a bit and it will help take care of the problem. You could also use a little Ajax. It will also go away on its own as you use the palette more. Second, because it is plastic, it will get stained by your paint, especially if you use a lot of Phthalo Blue or Phthalo Green. There are methods to remove some of the staining if you look online (methods range from using a mild bleach solution to a simple white eraser), but if you want a completely stainless palette, go with porcelain. Porcelain is very expensive and heavy but it will last you a lifetime and will never stain. Alternatively, if you don't care about having specific wells for your colors and if you don't mind a slightly convex palette surface, you can also get an enamel butcher tray, which is cheaper than porcelain and also will not stain.
Overall, this is about the best plastic palette I could have asked for, and I know that this will last me for many years to come.
Thanks for reading my review, and I hope it was helpful to you.
Will try to get it from another seller.
I have gotten used to it, and the cover fits snugly and keeps paints fresh. Overall, a nice product except for unnecessary large size and it's a bit too pricey for basically a hunk of plastic with a lid and a bunch of little wells.