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New Watercolor Palette Loaded and Ready to Paint!

New Watercolor Palette Loaded and Ready to Paint!

I finally made the choices for 40 colors on my new watercolor palette!
I made a color chart for each color.  I always recommend making a color chart of the colors on your palette because sometimes you can’t really tell what the color looks like sitting there in the well.

On my chart I list the manufacturer as well.  Then I get the chart laminated a Staples so that it will hold up and not fall apart if it gets wet.  I abbreviate the manufacturer names as follows:
Daniel Smith = DS
Winsor Newton = WN
Sennelier = Senn.
Holbein = HB
Schmincke = Schmin.
I hope you can read the chart that I made shown in these photos. 

More About Yellow Watercolors

More About Yellow Watercolors

I like to make a color swatch of each color.  This takes some time but it is fun to do!  You can learn a lot about your colors this way.  I start by cutting pieces of watercolor paper 3″ x 1.5″.

I write the name of the color and the manufacturer of the paint on the back side of the paper.  Then I wet the front of the paper and paint it.  I try to have lay the color on thick and thin to see how dark it can get.  When it is dry I write the name of the paint on the front of the paper.

When I decide on a color, I start to lay the tubes of paint around my palette to see where they will go.

10 Tips in 10 Days – A Very Small Watercolor Palette

10 Tips in 10 Days – A Very Small Watercolor Palette

Speaking about palettes here is the cutest palette I have ever seen – It is called the Pocket Palette.  It comes with 14 iddy biddy magnetic pans to hold the paint that can be removed and replaced with other colors.  It is about the size of a business card (3 5/8″ x 2 1/2″) but holds lots of paint!

 Here it is waiting to be filled with new fresh watercolor paints.

Watercolor Palette Review, PART 1

Watercolor Palette Review, PART 1

As it turns out, I realize that I am a collector of watercolor palettes.  I thought I would show you the palettes that I use and the pros and cons of each one.  You might find this useful if you are in the market for a watercolor palette.
1.  THE HERITAGE PALETTE – this is probably my all around favorite palette and recommend it to all my students.  It is especially great for travel.  Because of this, it is included in my Daniel Smith Jacqueline Newbold Watercolor Kit.

PROS:

  • Folds and has a lid plus a removable mixing tray.  
  • I like to put a laminated color list under the removable tray.
  • Nice big mixing areas. 
  • Generous 18 wells for color. 
  • Can be used for travel or in-studio painting.

CONS:

  • Only holds 18 colors. 
  • Probably too large for backpacking type painting.

2.  DANIEL SMITH TRAVEL BOX  – Another one of my favorite palettes!  This is metal with removable and refillable 1/2 pans or full pans so there is lots of freedom for switching out colors.

PROS:  
  • 24 color wells.  
  • Removable 1/2 pans or 12 full pans or a mix of the two creating lots of freedom to change out colors as needed.  
  • Adequate mixing areas. 
  • Folding and closing lid.  
  • Can be used for travel or studio painting. 

CONS:
  • My first one finally looked so bad I had to replace it.  It got rusty and the paint buckled up on the lids.  
  • The metal makes it heavier that a plastic palette.