8 Dec 2014

Mini Travel Palette

I've made travel palettes before, but have just made this Mini one containing just three colours and thought I would share with you how I went about putting it together.....as if you wouldn't already guess, but still....here goes.

Whilst shopping last weekend in Budleigh Salterton, Devon, I found this cute little tin at


well I couldn't leave it there could I, it was destined to hold three paint pans...

the tin measures 3" x 2½"



with a little work and some magnetic tape placed inside...


plus a little bit of magnetic tape on the bottom of the 3 pans






a piece of watercolour paper to fit inside the lid...

and another piece with the colour swatches on to remind me
what they are:

Quinacridome Gold ~ Prussian Blue ~ Alizarin Crimson



 As easy as that....






27 comments:

  1. Clever. Is the watercolor paper inside the lid to paint on? Do you mix your colors in the top metal lid?

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    1. Yes, I check out tones of colour on the watercolour paper in the lid CJ :-)

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  2. very cute and creative, you are good to go!

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    1. Thanks Christine, I've put it into one of my handbags so it is there ready for me to use.

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  3. Cute way to do a limited palette!

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    1. Thanks Joan, those three basic colours do most things :-)

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  4. perfect size!! and so cute :)

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    1. Yes, it's going to be such a handy size.

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  5. Love the idea. The Prussian blue is a color I have not used for years but never in watercolor. A greeny blue - right? I can see good green being made with it but how are the purples?
    Just asking before i invest in a tube.
    Do you use a travel brush?
    Thanks Ann.

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    1. Hi Julie, yes the Prussian is slightly greenish......actually I find Prussian and Alizarin make a great shadow colour. If I use Prussian first, then add Alizarin (and depending on how much water I add) I get a slightly darker shade. If on the other hand I start with Alizarin then add the Prussian, I get a pinker (warmer) shade....this is depending again on amounts used and water proportions. Using the mix for shadows it does a grand job, and as these colours are already in a painting anyway (for harmony as you know) it all works together nicely. Yes, you are right it does make green with the Quin. Gold, but be warned, it is quite a bright shade. With this little palette, and others for travelling, I tend to use water brushes. :-)

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    2. You are generous with the info - thanks, Ann. I appreciate the details. I will watch out for the mixing tips and if the green is too bright a little aliz should help quieten it down. Off to order a tube of PB!

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    3. That's great Julie, glad to have helped with how I find these colours :-)

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  6. Great idea, very clever! Love your ideas about the three colours in it.

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  7. A great idea to have at hand every time you see something to inspire you. Sarah x

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  8. Irresistible little tin, excellent idea !

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  9. Dear Ann - this is amazing idea and you triggered inspiration into me because I have Altoid tin boxes I could use for something similar. Thank you friend for sharing. Just a great thought. Hope you have a great week-end - hugs!

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  10. The tin is adorable and i love what you did with it-what a clever idea.

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  11. Thanks Debbie and Nicolas - really pleased I added this blog post, if it inspires you both it has been so worth sharing....ann :-)

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  12. Hi, Ann, really a brilliant idea! The tin can is also so cute and pretty. One day, we have to get together to show our each hand-made travel kit. Cheers, Sadami

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    1. That would be great Sadami, we could sketch too :-)

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