I use an artist's watercolor pallet for my food colors, and I've been very happy with the results. I use a new clean pallet that has a cover over it so I can store it with no waste. My pallet has 22 wells around the edges with a large open area in the center to mix the colors and create puddles of colors to work with, similar to watercoloring. I have enough room for all my gel and paste colors, and when I want to use a color, I just put a few drops of vodka in the well and it re-hydrates within seconds and is ready to use. I "paint" just about everything I do with this way because I like the look that shading adds - everything seems to come alive. When I brush some green color over my leaves the food coloring stays in the veins and gives a realistic look. When you paint your things with vodka (or water for that matter) whatever you paint with take on a shiny look that sort of resembles porcelain. If you don't like the shine on it, you can always brush on a little corn starch or powdered sugar to take the shine away. Try it sometime- it's a lot of fun!