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If you don’t want the expense of purchasing a portable watercolour palette, I have the perfect inexpensive DIY project for you that will leave you wanting to create your own mini palettes that are small and convenient. It fits right in your pocket!
I was shopping at my local Dollar store a few days ago and stumbled upon tiny kids puzzle tins and thought, hey these would be perfect to make the mini DIY watercolour palettes that l had seen. At $1.25 l couldn’t go wrong and purchased a couple of the tins in case l botched up the first one. You could also use anything you want such as small hard candy tins and even hardcover eyeglass cases. I am sure if you looked around your home or while out shopping that you could spot many useful items to use as your own storage container to make a creative watercolour palette.
Let's get started!
A while back l ended up getting some of my artwork printed into waterproof stickers and they were the perfect size to stick on the lid. Be creative and choose to put whatever you want on the outside of your tins. I picked one of my art stickers before choosing the complementing colour of metal spray paint l was going to use. *Note that it is important to purchase spray paint that is suitable to use on metal.*
I decided not to spray paint the inside of my tin, as l thought the inside of my lid would be perfect for mixing or inserting a sample of colour swatch with the colour names.
I sprayed the bottom and top of the lid and once dried, l added my own art sticker to the lid, and
Tada! I was now ready to insert my pans. I didn’t want to glue them down as l wanted to be able to remove them at a later date if needed. I organized the empty half and full pans until l was happy with the placement. You can order the half or full pans inexpensively online. Amazon and Ebay sell a variety of them. I have also seen pans made out of clean plastic or metal bottle caps. I used double sided square stickers to adhere them and it worked great. I was able to insert 15 half pans and 3 full pans for my more popular colours. WOW, right? A tiny tin and l was able to fill it with 18 pans, l was really impressed.
Now the fun part. I filled my pans with Grumbacher Academy watercolours, l purchased ten colours and l still have enough room in my tiny palette to fit in more colours in the future. I decided to make a swatch chart with the names of the colours and l adhered it to the inside lid, but after use with my palette, l may end up removing it and using the back of the lid as a mixing tray, since it is metal and l can keep cleaning it.
I just love how it turned out and l can now make more tiny traveling palettes using some of my favourite watercolour brands.
If you have any great portable DIY ideas l would love to hear them. Please feel free to comment below.
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Wishing you a beautiful day my friends. Stay creative!
I am hoping that l can be inspirational and informative. I always feel that paying it forward is a great way to live life. As a self taught artist l will try and share with you what l have learned.