I'm already on the road headed into California Gold Country for the week, but as part of my trip preparations I decided to revise my watercolor palette and downsize from the large one I've been using to a smaller one.
First, I emptied the small box and gave it a good rinse. There! All clean!
I especially like this small Schmincke palette box. I bought it filled with Schmincke pans but I've used them and now I fill empty pans with Daniel Smith tube paint. And yes, I pulled out the metal base with the prongs that hold the pans, because I can fit more pans in without it.
Instead, I cut a piece of quilting or stenciling template plastic the size of the base.
That holds the pans and then I can pop them out easily too -- as here, where I pulled out the last configuration of pans in this palette box...
The palettes are stuck to the plastic with that blu-tack putty you can get at art supply stores.
But look how many half-pans I can fit inside: 21!
I don't know a tidy way to fill the pans from the tubes. I'm just messy at it, what can I say? At least I didn't end up with any paint on my face. And voila -- now to let this rest and dry for a bit.
I have a lot of my usual favorite colors but I'm trying a few new ones this time. Here's what's in the palette (All Daniel Smith except for one WN):
Hansa Yellow medium
Green Apatite Genuine
Cobalt Turquoise (WN)
Diane's Bistre (burnt sienna + french ultramarine)
Lunar black is one of the new ones. I usually don't include a black in my palette but I've read that this makes interesting mixes and granulates well. So I'm giving it a try. Every time I fill a palette and start using it, I discover that there are colors I just rarely use. Perinone orange might turn out to be one of those. We'll see.