I used to use a painting stick (a stick with double stick tape on it) to make painting easier. Now, I use a product called “Stick With It”. I first saw it several years ago and I don’t know how I ever lived without it. The “Stick With It” is a palette lined with a sticky surface. It is like a paint stick that you can use over and over. You stick your wood down and paint lightly and quickly over the top of the piece and then gently peel up the piece and stick it down on a clean spot. Because the paint is thin, so it looks much better, and it dries quickly as well. The palette cleans up with water and a microfiber cloth (even if you leave it overnight by mistake). It really is revolutionary. I love it. I love it so much, I started selling them.