Heyyyyyyyy, I'm home. I saw a lot of interesting plants and animals and things, though I didn't do a whole lot of artsy stuff. When I am on the move, I usually take my Cotman paints, because it comes in a perfect little travel-sized palette. My Qor are a bit inconvenient in that way, as I'm just using the tin lid as a palette, and I don't really want to carry an uncovered lid anywhere.
Would you believe how tricky it is to find a little travel palette that snaps closed? I fell in love with some rather expensive brass ones. My next step would have been to order a metal palette and spray-paint it, but I don't have as much luck with ordering things from China, unfortunately.
I may still give that a shot, but as a personal back up, I ran into these little (Handmade Charlotte) watercolour sets on clearance at Michaels for $2. It was a great size, it snapped closed, and it had water wells in the lid. It was similar to what I'm used to with the Cotman set. I took the lid off, gessoed the outside of it, and then used the same blue spray paint that I had for my bicycle (which is still holding up, btw).
These cheap little watercolour sets are usually round cakes slipped into the plastic circles and held down with some glue. It wasn't super easy to get them out. I soaked them in a bowl of water for a bit and then pried them out with a tiny knife. Some popped out in a couple of pieces, most of them I ended up destroying though. It was a bit of a melty mess! But now I've got 12 spots for my Qor tube paints and I think I already have enough colours to fill every one. Uh oh! No more fun paint shopping for a while!
I mixed a bit of pink glitter embossing powder with some gloss gel medium, and pushed it through a stencil to add a ginkgo to the front. It will take some time to dry up. The only thing I would have done differently is use a spray on primer instead of the gesso, because I wanted a smoother surface.
My little palette is ready for paints! I'm going to hold off for a little bit because I'm nearly ready to use my gift card and do some self-indulgent art supply shopping. What if I find a perfect palette regardless? The plastic bottom on this one feels really delicate and easily breakable. But sometimes if you can't find the perfect thing, you gotta use what you have and make it yourself!
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?