CREATE: DIY Altoids watercolor travel palette

May 8, 2017Create

One of my favorite things about art is art supplies. I adore looking at them, using them (obviously) and now making them! I’m currently obsessed with the watercolor medium—how amazing it makes everything look, the way the paint flows wherever the water goes, and the palette of colors with an array of color combinations.
I have been shamelessly binge watching art journal YouTube videos, mostly while I’m journaling (so it feels like I’m doing it with other people lol). And I saw that a few people had these tiny tin watercolor palettes that they would take with them on travels or while journaling on the go in cafes and libraries. I’ve always had a thing for miniature art supplies (I loved tiny things as a kid), so I wanted to try to make my own tin watercolor palette.

 

What you’ll need:

1. Altoid Mints tin

Or any other box of your choosing! I like to keep my breath minty fresh and am too much of a nostalgic person to throw away my Altoids boxes, so it’s great to reuse them this way. Another option is to use pill boxes.

2. Watercolor half pans

There are half pans and full pans, but I like half pans because I’m not a marathon painter and don’t need much paint at one time. Also because I can fit more colors in my travel palette. I bought mine on Amazon. They’re quite pricey, so substitutes I’d recommend are water bottle caps or beer caps.

3. Watercolor tube paints

I’ve only ever had the pre-filled pans in my Sakura Koi and Prima Confections kits, so this was my first time using tube paints. I got this Royal & Langnickel Medium Tin Watercolor Set for really cheap on Amazon. I was going to get Reeves, but as you can tell, I love tin sooo my mind was made.

4. Other things you may need are:

– Double sided tape
– Watercolor paper
– Scissors
– Acetate paper
– Paintbrush
– Water

HOW To make watercolor travel palette:

1. Eat all the mints in one sitting (or spread out over several days, whichever tickles your fancy) and rinse the Altoids tin box.

2. Gather watercolor tubes. Arrange and plan colors.

3. Carefully fill half pans with paint from the tube.

4. Use double-sided tape or other adhesive and adhere to bottom of tin.

5. Affix pans over the tape/adhesive.

6. Measure tin cover and cut watercolor paper and acetate into slightly smaller dimensions, so that it will fit inside of the tin.

7. Paint each color in the order that the watercolor pans are arranged.

8. Use the water to control the opacity of the swatch, going from opaque to transparent. This will help you in the future to know what the color looks like both opaque and transparent.

9. Insert color chart in the top half of the tin, and the acetate paper layered over it. The acetate paper will block the paint from touching the color chart.

10. And you’re done!

Just a fun little painting of sabrina’s aura I made during a girls’ wine and paint night.

And that’s it!

So simple, right?

I’m still a total noob, but it’s fun to paint with watercolors, especially from this cute little travel palette.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

1 Comment

  1. karei starr

    Thanks. I’ll make one when I have time. I’m hoping that it works for me so that I can start painting with wet paints again.
    Now if I can just find my paints!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Lifestyle Moments Travel

Favorites from my Samoa baby moon camera roll

More pics from my babymoon in beautiful Samoa.
Moments Sustainable Living

A low impact weekend

Photo journal of the little things that made me happy. Certainly not perfect or 100% zero waste, but a low...
Journal Lifestyle Moments

Pondering on Paper

...outside in nature. I love soaking up the ambient sounds of home. I will forever love this backyard. * turn...
Lifestyle Photo Diaries

Nu‘uuli Waterfall

Part II: Snaps from a couple of weeks ago at Nu‘uuli waterfall. I tagged along with Gabby (Alafaga Creative Media)...
Photo Diaries Travel

What I’m looking forward to in the near future

Do you ever get so excited for a trip you can barely sleep in the nights leading up to your...
Culture Lifestyle

Animal weekend

I never really considered myself an “animal person”. I've had pets before, but this weekend I worked with animals in...
Lifestyle Photo Diaries

Everything is Alive — Underwater Photo Diaries

Photography has been a great love of mine for as long as I can remember, but underwater photography is a...
Lifestyle Photography

In Loving Memory of Leanne Ferrer

An intimate gathering Fatu Ma Futi beach, in loving memory of Leanne Ferrer —who gave voice to pasefika peoples through...
Moments

Morning 1.28.19
Moments

morning coffee wisps

Moments

June 3, 2019 - dinner at Sadies by the Sea with the gang. a tofā (farewell) dinner for our lovely...
Lifestyle Travel

Travel Diary: New Years in Samoa

Ringing in the New Year 2018 with a weekend getaway trip to Samoa. Sun, surf, sand, and a whole lot...
Lifestyle

Adventures with Shivaun: Part 2

Part 2: Even though we live on a tiny island where road trips are not really a thing, it's still...
Moments

View from our Thursday yoga seshes in Utulei
Moments

Moments

All I want is a wild love and a curious life

And I am so grateful to have both This was me at "work" today 🤗 Got to go to Fagatele...
Moments

here is where i wanna be

Moments

Love, Husband

In love with my husband.
Create Lifestyle

How I make Iced Matcha Turmeric Latte at home

This iced matcha turmeric latte is perfect for if you're working from home, are quarantined/ social distancing, or if you...
Journal Lifestyle

Journal 11/52: Current Playlist

It's been too long since I made a playlist. My iPod - which contained pretty much all my music was...