WOODEN and MELAMINE SURFACE PALETTES BY JACK RICHESON: They come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, but their primary use is the same - a surface for mixing colors. The tendency is to work from a clean palette and waste remnants of paint rather than to allow them to accumulate. This is not to say that every artist works this way, particularly if it pleases the individual to use a well-weathered palette, but for the sake of color control and for the quality of the paint the artist applies, some reasonable limit in this direction should be observed. For artists who like to work from a clean surface, Jack Richeson and Co. carries a line of melamine surface palettes. These palettes also include a neoprene thumb insert for the most comfortable grip.