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Old 05-14-2003, 05:50 PM   #1
Carl Toboika Carl Toboika is offline
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Carl's armheld self made palette




Linda Brandon suggested I post my eccentrically self-made palette in a "tools" section. I hope this is the correct place.

The palette is made of thin Birch plywood. The thumbhole is filed to a comfortable bevel, and the edges of the palette rounded after cutting. The thumbhole is placed near the center so the palette balances well without a counter weight. The arm curve to thumb hole distance is custom measured to fit my arm just right. The grain was filled with spot putty and sanded smooth. Then it was painted with a spray can of a value #6 automotive primer. The value scale and my signature were painted on with acrylic paint. Then the whole thing was sprayed with a 2- part (paint and hardener) clear automotive urethane paint (resistant to mineral spirits, turps, alcohol, lacquer thinner). 5 coats of clear were sprayed on both sides.

The sharp curve on the left fits your arm and helps hold it steady. The somewhat gentler curve to the right of the arm curve fits on your body if you need it to help steady the palette and take some weight occasionally. The mixing areas are to the left and right of your arm. The cutout next to the thumbhole is large enough to place palette cups on the upper portion, and for your left hand to hold a mahlstick and brushes comfortably at the same time.

The only caveat is that, while you can mix paint on it fine with a steel palette knife, you cannot let paint dry for days on it. The heavy scraping required to remove many-day old paint, by a steel scraper, would damage the surface. I simply take my paint nuts off at days end, and put them on a glass surface (old paint frame with glass) for the evening, then transfer them back next day. I clean the old paint off with some spirits, or alcohol.

Someone is currently experimenting with my shape design and Lexan (the same thing of not letting paint dry for many days in a row would apply to Lexan also I would think). They are thinking of using clear Lexan and painting value scale and gray on the bottom side. I will likely experiment with that and see if it works out even better or not.

I have used this palette for some time now and find it very useful. I would think you could make your own, and take it to an auto body shop. When they spray a car with clear, it should not be a great deal extra for them to hit your palette with clear urethane at the same time. Better check how much$$$ first though. Actually the shape is nice to use, and would work with a traditionally oiled wood palette.

If I find the Lexan works, that could make this a less labor-intensive proposition than it currently is. In this wood/ urethane paint form, it is to "custom" and so time consuming a process, to economically produce for sale to anyone (as a number of people have asked).

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Old 05-14-2003, 06:32 PM   #2
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But is it aerodynamic?

Oh, I just love this! I can vouch that it's even spiffier in person, if you can believe it. (Every day, Carl would circle the room a few times before he could find a place to park it where it wouldn't get dinged. Just teasing... )

I also love the value chart painted on it. If I had great ideas like this one, I'd be on the phone to a patent lawyer, Carl.
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Old 05-14-2003, 07:12 PM   #3
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exclamation Just Remember, Carl...

I have first dibs on one when you start taking orders! Thanks for posting this. It brings back memories of how jealous I was....and am!

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Old 05-14-2003, 08:06 PM   #4
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I believe that if you hurled this into the air, it just might come back to you.

What are the rough dimensions of this contraption?

And if you decide to hurl, please hurl towards Tulsa, just in case.
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Old 05-14-2003, 08:38 PM   #5
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I think a palette that you could throw and that would return would be very popular with artists. I like the rippled side - very oceanic.
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Old 05-14-2003, 09:17 PM   #6
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I thought Carl ought to name this the "Toboika Turbo" but he didn't go for that idea at the workshop.
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Old 05-14-2003, 10:34 PM   #7
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Hey guys,

The few times I have hurled it, it did come back, and with a new Trekell brush in tow to boot! Now THAT'S_ an_ Artists hunting boomerang for sure!

This is as large as I'd like to go for myself, good for larger canvases though, lots of room to mix, less wiping off, and it just avoids being so large as to be in the way. It's about 21 x 15 inches overall. I'm going to make something a good deal smaller for small canvas work though.

I forgot about the "Toboika Turbo". Thanks for the smile in remembrance Michele.

I don't think you can patent a shape and surface, Linda.

Those waves are the cool part I like best Tim. Practical too.

Linda, I sure enough remember that you want one, and have first dibs.

I'm going to order myself a small sheet of Lexan and see if that material is either a viable option or improvement.

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Old 05-14-2003, 10:45 PM   #8
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Carl, I am holding out for an ABS panel!
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Old 05-15-2003, 11:02 AM   #9
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Beth,

I've got a line on a supplier as I type. I'll let you know how the panel works.

Here's a picture of the palette in use at the Whitaker Workshop with model Cindy in the background. I didn't have the Mahlstick or brushes in my left hand when this was snapped though.
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Old 05-15-2003, 12:17 PM   #10
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Mahl stick

Carl, does your mahl stick have a wave too?

But seriously folks, doesn't some type of fancy plastic come in grey (thru and thru) that is also very resistant to chemicals at least our normal solvents?
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