INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
We are using our 11X14 Palette/Panel Holder for this tutorial. Please note that there is only 1 aluminum side arm on the 8X10 and 10X12 sizes. Also, there is NOT a "stiffener" (where the tripod fitting is located) on our 8X10 and 10X12 sizes. On the smaller sizes, the tripod fitting is recessed into the rear back portion on the underside of the Palette/Panel Holder.
Loosen the thumb nuts and the wing nuts that are located on the sliding arm assembly on the side of the Palette/Panel Holder.
Raise the panel holding surface and slide the aluminum side arm ALL OF THE WAY BACK to achieve the maximum stability. Tighten the wing nuts and thumb nuts snuggly. You should NEVER have to use pliers.
A QUICK RELEASE PLATE is quite handy for attaching your Palette/Panel Holder to a regular 35mm camera tripod. The plate screws into the threaded fitting on the underside of the palette and allows the Palette/Panel Holder to then be clipped into the ballhead of a tripod. Please note that QUICK RELEASE PLATES vary depending on what brand of tripod is being used. If you are unsure, contact the manufacturer of whatever tripod is being used.
Attach the Palette/Panel Holder to the ballhead of the tripod.
Loosen the two wing nuts on the back of the panel holder. This will allow you to slide the arms that will be holding your panel.
Adjust the arms so that they are about 1/4" LESS THAN the size of the panel. Tighten the wing nuts on the backside. Now, slide your panel into the left spring arm and allow our PATENTED panel holding method to hold your panel in place. There aren't any protrusions that interfere with brushstrokes and there is no vertical limitation to the panel height.
The Side Palette Extension can be easily removed from the bronze spring clip on the Palette/Panel Holder and attached to either the left or right side of the palette. To attach the extension, simply loosen the thumb nuts that are on the underside of the palette, line up the grooves on the palette extension with the screws that are associated with the thumb nuts, then tighten the thumb nuts to hold the extension in place. Pictured above is our 11x14 Palette/Panel Holder with a brass tray, a Brass Hook that is suspending a Holbein turpentine container, Holbein medium cup, a Manfrotto tripod and a tripod apron.
A quick note on cleaning and maintaining your palette mixing area:
After a painting outing and before closing your palette, scrape off excess paint in the mixing area with a palette knife or flat razor blade (going left to right, with the grain of the wood) and then wipe it down with turpentine or other brush washing solvent. Paint will begin to absorb into the grain of the wood and eventually a nice patina will build up on your palette area. The most important thing to remember is to not allow excess paint to dry in the palette mixing area. Some artists have a piece of glass cut that will take up the inside of the palette area. If you choose to do this, a dab of silicone in each corner will be sufficient in holding the glass down. Some artists feel it necessary to add more protectant to the palette area. If you do this, lightly sand the palette area and then apply the substance and follow the directions for applying whatever substance is being used.
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