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These porcelain enameled metal trays have a convex center so water runs to the edges, making them the perfect palettes for dry brush techniques in watercolor or gouache. Modeled after the original American butcher trays, the smooth surface cleans easily and can last a lifetime. The inherent small rim chips will not affect performance.
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By Miss Lu
from Brooklyn, NY
Comments about Butcher Tray Palettes:
It might be nice if this was totally flat on the bottom so you could use it for braying in block printing, but for water and paper it is lovely.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Good for oil
Works great for an oil palette! Durable. Only thing that hasn't scrapped off or come apart when I've removed dry oil paint. Fit lots of colors and plenty of room in it to mix
Good pair with oil
Works great as an oil paint palette! It's the only pan tray that hasn't chipped or come apart when I've scrapped oil paint off. Long lasting and durable. Fit lots of paint in there as well.
Love the trays, however...
from St. Augustine, Florida
We use the trays for mixing acrylic paints. Easy to wash up, etc. However... the porcelain coating on the edges of all six trays received was chipped off in many places exposing the metal tray underneath, so we know the trays will rust with multiple washes. Should've been packed with more protection for storing in the warehouse and shipping!
Butcher Trays nice
from Pittsburgh, PA
We use butcher trays for other than picture painting but even house-related painting. They make a nice platform for paint cans, brushes, paint stirrers, etc.These are ok butcher trays. We have old ones made 3-40 years ago and the porcelain coating is better and the metal gauge is heavier and stronger and the edges are rolled better. However, they were likely made for butchers and not artists. The rolled edges on the units from Blick units does come under as much as I would like and you can feel the edge as you lift the tray, especially if loaded with materials. As noted in the description they do have chips on the edges - I think the mfg needs some QA to avoid this - it is not fixed that 'it is part of the manufacturing process'Serviceable and usable yes. Wish it had the feel of real old time trays though.
A Tray For Many Uses.
By Keith the Golden Guru.
from South Bend, In
I use this gem for a pallet and a catch all for other work.
from Mexico, D.F.
Butcher trys are work fantastic to prepare tempura colors.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
I love these so much.
from California, USA
I bought both the 7 1/2x11 and the 11x15 to compare to similar/competitor products purchased elsewhere. THESE ones are awesome. This 7 1/2x11 is actually larger than the one I purchased elsewhere, and ends being the PERFECT size. I now have (4) of these guys, used constantly, and occasionally use the large 11x15. The 11x15 is great if you're mixing lots and lots of small contained quantities...but I'm a sloppy mixer, so the 7 1/2x11's are perfect.I now use only these butcher trays for all of my acrylic painting palette needs. These things rule.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Good quality, Not flat interior
from Herald, CA
Trays are of good quality, should last a lifetime. The bottoms do have a centered high spot that cause paint puddles to run to edges and can mix with other paint mixes. It would be nicer if the bottoms were flat.
(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Not as nice as expected
By Art MA
The trays themselves are decent, but the quality of the paint on them is not. The edge paint is messy and uneven. For the price I expected better.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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