Twenty two for Santa FePosted: April 26, 2022
It’s definitely time for a new travel palette. The old one was first filled in 2019, and that one replaced one I bought before I taught in Manchester. Even though I have taken very good care of it, the enamel is starting to chip, leaving chunks embedded in my paint. That’s not a good thing. It’s kind of interesting to note that a new palette is averaging three years of use, or abuse, before it starts to deteriorate.
I bought the same FOME palette as I had before (these are hard to find but there are similars on Amazon made by Meeden or Whisky Painters) but it needed to be customized again so that I can fit in more than the 12 pans it comes with. Here are my steps:
1: I attach seven new pans in the middle section, using that sticky tack stuff you use to stick posters to your wall.
2: I pry out three small pans from the top of the old palette. I don’t remember where I got the old tiny pans, but nothing else fits so these will be re-purposed. Regular plastic half pans do not fit into that tight top section of the palette, and if I jam them in there, I won’t be able to close the box anymore.
3: I cut a tiny slice of Foamcore to fill the space so the middle row of pans can’t move.
4: I get out my toothpicks so I can swirl the paint around in each pan and help get air bubbles out. Colours in that row are Lemon Yellow, Hansa Yellow Deep, Transparent Orange, Winsor Red, Quinacridone Rose and Crimson Lake.
5: The far row is blues and greens: Turquoise Blue, Cerulean, Cobalt, Ultramarine, Prussian, and Hooker’s Green. Yes, it got a spot in my new palette!
I love the toothpicks after I swirl the paint!
6: Middle row is more yellows, earth tones and a few purples plus my new favorite, Quin Coral! In order: Naples Yellow, Quinacridone Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Quin Coral, Lavender and Carbazole Violet.
7: The top row of old paint is Permanent Magenta, Cobalt Green and Black.
8: The final filled palette has two tiny spots but I need to find containers so I don’t pour paint right into the bottom of the palette. I’m looking for suggestions of what would fit in there. I need a spot for Green Gold! The only colour I didn’t put in is Cobalt Violet. I just don’t use it that much and it’s expensive, but if I can find a little tiny pan that fits, I might add some Yellow Ochre. This new palette will be coming with me to Santa Fe when I teach there next month.
Some of you might be wondering what will become of that old palette. I won’t be discarding it because it’s still full of perfectly good paint. Likely, it will remain at home and I’ll use it for studio or garden sketches until all the wells are empty.