I used to have a dream that I would paint at my painting desk with a huge portable palette everyday. I would only paint in the best daylight, I would play music as loudly or softly as I liked and all would be wonderful in the world.
However, this is not the case yet with being a busy mama with pockets of creative time here and there so I need to be more mobile and my paints need to be more compact. This was not easy to do. I had to back away from my palette with nearly 30 paints and downsize to 16! Gasp.
This turned out to be the best thing I'd ever done. I chose colors that spoke to me and finally put paint in my Holbein metal palette. I love it so much. There is enough room to make my washes (I don't wipe my dirty wells down, just mix in the leftover paint) and it is super small at 3"x6". I also followed the instructions on this pinned Altoid palette post and it's handy as well. I only have 9 colors in this one but they are colors that I don't have in my Holbein. I don't use it as much but it was fun to make and I love knowing I have more colors around if I want to use them.
Check out the supplies I use and dream supplies I want to use as well. This is my watercolor board on Pinterest.
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