My studio paints were overflowing from my big 30-years-old Prismacolor tin
into a QoR watercolor tin. I hated the QoR tin. The rounds which you think would be great for watercolor mixing but they made the tin so it flips if you put any pressure on it.
* yes, I learned that when I had mixed two paints in the wells… flying colors *
I often use my stack of Eldajon palettes with squirts of color…
What to do about my pan paints? Stop using pans? N0….
I bought the Hahnemühle Post Cards for the tins!
I loved the flowers on these tins and the size.
I’ve moved most of my pan paints into two categories,
the paints I reach for all the time (right)
and a secondary set that works nicely for architecture and landscapes (left).
If one of these goes with me to paint I’ve tea tin tops to use as mixing pans for washes.
I placed all my pastels and a few colors that make good Victorian house paint colors
into my favorite old eyeshadow-turned-travel pan, now my Painted Ladies tin (left).
* how appropriate —
once held things for a lady to paint her face and now is holding the painted ladies paints!
beyond that, i’ve no confessions! *
You can see the palette (below), filled with colors and
the Easter Card I’m sending my mom in the same colors!
I still have my beloved Primateks with a couple of Greenleaf & Blueberry colors added.
I love the grainy gritty texture, and the way many of the colors move on their own.
Finally I placed many dark, opaque colors I rarely use
in another pencil box from my architecture days (right).
So far, I am happy… until I buy more paints!
* gads, bought three today from matteogrilliart soon to arrive *
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