DIY Travel Watercolor Palette

diy watercolor palette

Hello friends! Today I wanted to share a little DIY craft I did recently.  I have a couple watercolor palettes that I love using, but they’re all quite large, too large to bring with me during any travel, and too large to have sitting around on my dining table where I like to keep one of my watercolor sketchbooks for some random quick painting/doodling.  I’ve seen a few watercolor travel palettes on the Internet, so I thought I’d try my own hand at making something similar.  So let’s get to it!

DIY travel watercolor tin altoids sucrets

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own palette:

  • A small closeable tin.  Altoids are a popular choice, but in Canada they’re a bit hard to come across, so I used this Sucrets tin (it had some cough drops in it, found in the cough syrup aisle of my local pharmacy).
  • Loose watercolor half pans (link is an affiliate link to Amazon, to the exact ones I bought (I bought two sets)
  • Tubes of your watercolor of choice (I used both Koi and Daniel Smith Moonglow and Fuchsite) (Amazon links)
  • Double-sided tape to hold the pans in the tin

DIY travel watercolor tin altoids sucrets

I poured my watercolors into the half pans and let them sit for a couple days to harden (I didn’t want to chance handling them while they were still liquid).

DIY travel watercolor tin altoids sucrets

I then placed my pans into the tin and played around arranging them how I wanted.  I was able to fit 12 half pans into my little Sucrets tin.  I chose not to attatch them to the tin because I want to be able to swap them out for other colours here and there, but this tin just sits in a basket on my dining table.  If I was to actually bring this tin on a trip with me, I would use double-sided tape to make a permanent version.  You could try to use a magnet strip for a changeable version, but I don’t know how well the magenets would hold to the tin.  If anyone has tried it, leave a comment letting me know how it worked!

DIY travel watercolor tin altoids sucrets

…and that is literally it!  The hardest part of this whole project was finding a tin to put the pans in!! When I’m not looking for a small tin I swear they’re everywhere, full of gum, candy, throat lozenges.  But as soon as I decide I need one they seem to vanish!!

So I hope you found this little tutorial to be helpful, and thanks for visiting! Till next time, keep creating!

-Ashley <3

DIY travel watercolor tin altoids sucrets

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  1. I have a small travel it holds 10 paints. I will have to get an altoids and the little squares, and fill another one. mine really needs to be cleaned out.