A paint palette is a must-have for all artists using more than one color to paint on a standing canvas. Which is—we would guess—nearly every amateur and professional artist at one time or another. Not all palettes are created equal, however, so it’s important that you find the one that’s best for you. There are basic wood styles, others made of plastic or ceramic; some are better for acrylic and others better for oil; and they come in a range of sizes and prices. For the classically trained, wood is a solid pick. It’s eco-friendly, durable, and can be easily manufactured, making them an affordable option for professionals and amateur painters alike. If wood is the way you want to go, the tried-and-true picks below are definitely the top of the heap.
1. Artlicious Oval-Shaped Wooden Palette
With its classic oval shape, this wooden palette is larger than most, measuring just under 12 by 16 inches. As such, it gives artists much more space to blend all the colors they desire.
2. U.S. Art Supply Wood Palette
If you’re on the hunt for a super-classic but affordable wood painter’s palette, this option should be your go-to. It’s extremely cost efficient, even if you use it for a single project and then move on. As it’s unfinished wood, however, it does tend to suck up oil when used with oil paints and therefore may be a better option for acrylic painters.
3. New Wave Palette
This palette gives the user substantial surface area, due to interior cut-outs not only for your thumb but for your other fingers as well. This palette has a satin finish to it, which allows paint to sit on top without being absorbed, and it can be cleaned with ease for years of use.
4. MEEDEN Over-Sized Wooden Palette
This 15.2-by-10.5-inch palette boasts an ergonomic design that makes it among the most comfortable for both right- and left-handed painters. It is water resistant and easy to clean, thanks to its satin finish, which also prevents paint from seeping into the wood itself. One note: it is darker in stain than many other wood options, which takes some adjustment when painting.
5. Bright Creations Wooden Palette
Reasonably priced in a pack of 12, this set of 8-by-12-inch palettes is a no-brainer for teachers and other art educators. They are great for both righties and lefties, as they can be flipped over with ease. Made of an unfinished wood, this palette is a clean base material for acrylics, watercolor, and oil paint alike.