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Monday, March 11, 2013

Current Tools - and New Travel Palette

Last Day of February
I've been using a new palette lately and now like it enough to show and tell a bit about it :)

March 2013: Current Tools
I'm always looking for a way to make my palette lighter, smaller and more flexible plus I enjoy playing with different set-ups of colors. After my Alaska adventure my friend mentioned an interesting artist and avid outdoor sketcher - Maria Coryell-Martin whose work is entwined with Alaska. I looked through her we-site and blog and really liked her palette shown on one of the photos and thought that I should write and ask a few question.

A few days later I realized that it would be very useful to have watercolor pans attached with magnets as I'd like to try changing colors and their position in my watercolor kit. I googled magnetic watercolor pans and... I was back at Maria's web-site!

Impatient me probably was looking at pictures, reading every other line in the best case - but now I noticed that she is selling these palettes :)

Below are some photos of my new set-up in action. In short - it's working great for me!

March 2013: Current Tools

What I like most?
First - it's tiny! (photo above compares size of this credit card holder with my trusty Cotman Sketcher's Pocket Box.

Second - it clips very nicely to my sketchbook (this is 8.5 x 11 Alpha series Stillman&Birn - love them!). The cover of the kit and kit itself are so thin that I can close a book if I need to move or rush somewhere and have no time to pack.
March 2013: Current Tools

Third - I can move my colors and add/exchange on the go. I like that pans are rather shallow so I can add fresh colors often.
Drawing in Point Lobos

Last but not least - pans are large enough for my flat brush to get in. I am showing flat Niji waterbrush on the photo below because many of you are familiar with it's size but I've been using my 1" with this kit happily!
March 2013: Current Tools

And palette came with a nice little towel - which soaks up incredible amounts of water.

March 2013: Current Tools

Hiking and Sketching by the Creek

February 2013: San Francisco


  1. What a fantastic idea for a palette! Very clever. Thanks for sharing your neat 'find'.

  2. I've had my eye on that palette too... but have resisted the temptation for yet another palette... you are not making it easy to resist. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.

  3. Thank you for sharing your experiences with the pocket palette, Nina! I'm so glad you're enjoying it.

  4. Thanks for sharing, Nina, looks like a great little travel kit and it's obviously working well for you.

  5. It's so tiny it can fit in my daily waist bag :)

    1. I just got to hold Vicky Williamson's little kit yesterday, it IS a cutie!

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