I found that I needed to customize my business card Pocket Palette that I purchased from ExpedionaryArt.com (see below). I need more mixing room and fewer pigments. Along the winding path of customizing my little palette I improved upon my Mini Altoid Pocket Painter Palette and came up with a new tiny palette that I adore, the see-through nine well magnetic palette! Click here to see more details on the Magnetic Pocket Painter Palettes.
I love the Pocket Palette from expeditionaryart.com! I heard about it on SketchBook Skool the day before leaving to teach in California. It is the size of a business card case. In fact, it is a business card case. I ordered one and had it shipped to Santa Rosa to try it out and share the results with my students. So tiny and so versatile!
Another real gem is the old travel palette I found at a local flea market. It was made by George Rowney Co, most likely in the 1930’s. I works like a charm.
My small, metal, enamel, Winsor Newton tin is the palette I have with me at all times. It fits into both carry bag as well as cargo pants pocket. Scan down to read more about this palette. If I’m walking without a bag and I have smaller pockets, I bring along a mini Altoid tin that fits into a flat pocket.
Most recently I am using the SHY watercolor palette. It is a bit bulkier due to the four, deep wells. The advantage is that the wells can be used for water, for large mixes of pigment or for variations of mixes without making mud (by using the edges of each well. The disadvantage is that the pigment wells are permanent and I can’t alter the pigments I bring with me. To solve that problem, I can carry additional pigments in smaller tins. . There are many, many more palettes I will discuss in the future. For right now, I am showing you the palettes I am bringing with me for a three week painting excursion to Provence. Though this is far more than I would normally bring with me on a trip, I want to show how much you can bring in a limited amount of space and still have FORTY-ONE different pigments on hand!
Some of the pigments are duplicated in the various palettes/tins. Below is the list of forty-one unique pigments:
Naples Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Light, Aureolin, Winsor Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Gamboge, Quinacridone Gold . Raw Sienna, Quinacridone Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber Violet . Cadmium Orange . Cadmium Red Light, Vermilion, Quinacridone Red, Carmine, Permanent Rose, Alizarin Crimson, Rose Madder, Cobal Violet, Opera, Rose Tyrein, Permanent Magenta, Quinacridone Violet, Mineral Violet . Ultramarine Blue, Joe’s Blue (Thalo), Prussian Blue, Anthraquinone Blue, Cobalt Blue, Manganese Blue, Cerulean, Cobalt Turquoise, Cobalt Teal . Phthalo Green, Viridian, Bamboo Green, Permanent Green Olive, Sap Green . With the SHY Palette, I squeeze use pigments squeezed into full pan and half-pan containers. The interchangeable pans make it easy to alter my palette depending on the location and season. These can be washed and reused. I purchase empty pans online.
Winsor Newton Metal Travel Palette Box:
There are two channels to hold full-pans or half-pans in my WN travel palette. The center section provides space for a travel brush. I use it to store six more half-pans of paint. I use a plastic storage bag, cut to size, to place over the damp paints when I’m finished painting. That helps to keep the paints from dripping into one another or making a mess of my mixing areas. When I open my tin the next time, I have clean paints and clean mixing areas. the Winsor Newton Travel Tin is the Black Tin pictured above on the left. The pigments I have placed in my tin for Provence are: Naples Yellow,Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow, Quinacridone Gold, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Light, Permanent Carmine, Opera, Rose Tyrein, Cobalt Violet, Quinacidrone Violet, cobalt Teal, Prussian Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Green, Permanent Green Olive and Burnt Umber.
SHY Watercolor Palette with mixing surfaces and four deep wells:
For Provence, I wanted more options to explore the quality of light and the variations of floral colors in Provence. In addition to my personal, standard pigments that are squeezed into the permanent wells,I have added ten additional pigments in half-pans wedged into tiny Mini Altoid tins. The SHY palette and the Altoid tins have plastic seals cut from ziplock bags to keep pigments and mixing surfaces clean when I pack up and the pigments are still damp.
Pigments in SHY watercolor Palette are:
Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber violet, Mineral Violet, Cadmium Red Light, Raw Sienna, Permanent Sap Green (It’s been a favorite sinc i was thirteen years old), Cobalt Violet, Cadmium Orange, Naples Yellow, Manganese Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Gamboge, Aureolin, Cobalt Turquoise, Cerulean Blue. . Mini Altoid Tin #1: . Viridian, Joe’s Blue (Phthalo), Burnt Umber, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Light . Mini Altoid Tin #2: . Permanent Magenta, Quinacridone Violet, Permanent Rose, Opera, Rose Tyrein
Caran D’Ache Tin for additional supply of favorite pigments and a few odd pigments:
Caran D’ache tin:
Naples Yellow Lemon Yellow, Winsor Yellow, D=Cadmium Orange, Quinacridone Sienna, Vermilion, Quinacridone Red, Rose Madder, Alizarin Crimson, Opera, Rose Tyrein, Permanent Magenta, Quinacridone Violet, Burnt Umber, Cobalt Teal, Joe’s Blue (Phthalo), Cerulean Blue, cobalt, Anthraquindrone Blue, Phthalo Green, Bamboo Green .
Mini Altoid Tin:
Most often, I carry a mini Altoid tin with five pigments: Gamboge, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue and Viridian. For Provence, I will use a tiny tin for my warm/cool studies instead. the pigments are Venetian Red, Indian Red and Ultramarine Blue.
A great array of pigments taking up very little weight and space in my luggage.