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    Hello folks! I would like to share with you a way of building a simple yet effective palette I invented/discovered last summer, in order to make paint last longer in your palette and saving you some time and money when it's really hot.

    Note: I would like to clarify that even though I came up with this idea on my own (greatly inspired by the good old wet palette) I do not claim to be the inventor or the first one discovering this method. For the same reason this may not be a finished invention, and it's open to critiques and tips. Furthermore, I am posting this in the best of spirits with no other intention than than to share the knowledge and help other painters and crafters around the world deal with the weather.

    Note2:This was created specifically to deal with HEAT (more than 80F –26C) and LOW AIR MOISTURE. As of today, march 13, it is still quite hot and dry where I live, in Chile, the southern hemisphere. IT HAS NOT BEEN TESTED DURING OTHER SEASONS OR WEATHERS and I think it may freeze if the room is too cold. But again, I don't know; anyone willing to try this is encouraged to do so!

    The Ice Palette: (or "How this invention saved my hobby last summer")

    It's really simple, we will be using the low temperatures of ice to condense water particles in the air for our own benefit. Ever noticed how cold beverages “sweat” one out in the open? It's the same principle. Let's science!

    1.First, we need an ice tray. With ice.
    It's better if it doesn't get overfilled with water before freezing, so there is room for palette-like divisions for the paint itself. This will be better explained in the following pictures.

    2. We take a big enough sheet of aluminum foil and wrap the top of the ice tray.We can gently push-in each ice compartment to create divisions between our paints or washes. Or we can use the reverse of the tray for a flat palette (in case it's flat).

    3.We add a towel under it (for it may drip a bit while thawing) and VOILA! Let there be the Ice Palette.

    (Can you see the little droplets of moisture accumulating in the surface?It's alive!)

    Now the paint lasts way longer and washes will seem immortal. This seemed to be way more effective than the wet palette specially when the temperature rose above 80 degrees F. (26 C) If used correctly, this palette should not freeze the paint or water, or make paint too wet.It should just keep the pain fresher for longer and make you a happy painter. If the cold seems too strong, try adding an extra layer of aluminum foil, plastic or any material you may think of, for insulating.

    Ice tray melted/ done painting? Just carefully remove the aluminum foil and replace the ice tray with a new, out-of-the-freezer one. Most ice trays come in pairs so while you use one, the other can remain in the freezer, well, freezing. If your family is not very fond of sharing the ice trays with your awesome paints (although it technically they do not touch) you can get a pair of these for really cheap virtually anywhere, from thrift shops, to supermarkets (and gourmet stores if you feel like having an extra nice one too.)

    That's it! Thank you for reading and CC is greatly appreciated! Cheers,

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      Zab -
      Cool! i will have to try this now that summer is on the way here in Canada (FINALLY!). Love to paint on the back deck, but the paint dries out so fast even with medium so i usually stay inside in the basement where it's cool or when the A/C is on.
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