I loved this little Winsor & Newton watercolor box, except for a few drawbacks that made it end up neglected in a drawer...I don't like half pans, because I prefer the option of painting a nice juicy wash with a big brush, and half pans just don't cooperate for me.
I also didn't care for the wee water dish...I made a seriously muddy painting trying to use this as it came from the manufacturer, so it got retired.
But it was lightweight and had nice mixing areas, so I just couldn't quite let it go...
I was looking at it the other day and ah-HA, realized that I could pop those tiny half pans right out...
I considered putting the paint directly in the double-half-pan size holes that were left...but I like to be able to change out my colors if I want.
Full pans were just a hair too big...till Joseph nipped off the little niblets at the top of each pan. He cut them off with his handy Swiss Army Knife--just the top two--and a full pan fit perfectly. I fix mine in place with rubber cement so they stay put but can be easily changed out when I need a new color. (This Alizarin Crimson at upper left will go as soon as I find a replacement...it's muddy.)
I opted to use a warm and cool of the reds and blues, a single yellow, a burnt sienna for neutrals, and keep half pans for colors I don't use often--black and white. (Wished I had indigo or Payne's grey instead of black, but...I don't!)
I used M. Graham and
The top offers a nice mixing area, and a sliding tray beneath gives you another one...the silly water cup that fits on the side is next to useless, though! Too easy to spill, too...
Sooooo...I used an old 35 mm film can fixed in place with a bit of blue sticky-tac and I'm ready to go. I've even got two folding travel brushes that fit just fine in the brush trough above the pans of paint. I'm ready to get OUT there with my gouache!