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Homemade Portable Palette

Portable palette
On a whim I created this palette – a sliver of an egg carton – so I could easily roam around the yard. I was inspired to play around with the different shades of green and different textures growing in the yard. I’m happy to be back at it after being away!
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Taking stock of my watercolor tubes

Watercolor paint color wheel

I thought it would be helpful to take an inventory of my paints using the color wheel. I’m not surprised that I’m lacking in blues after all the beach painting I’ve been doing this month. Looking forward to stocking up and continuing to paint the beach. 😎

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Painting Larger

12" x 12" Watercolor beach paintings

Quite by accident I almost doubled the size of the watercolor paper I was using and I’m so glad. For years I happily painted on 8″ x 8″ paper. When I went on Amazon, I ordered the Fluid Watercolor paper in 12″ x 12″Β instead of my normal 8″ x 8″.Β When the package arrived the pads looked huge!

At first I was disappointed, but then thought, “I’ll try them out. Maybe I’ve outgrown that small size anyway.” Months later I can’t imagine working so small! Lately I’ve been taking advantage of the fact that the pages are bound together on 2 sides. I sometimes paint with the paper still attached to the pad, instead of removing it and taping it down to a board.

Here is a collection of my “mini” 8″ x 8″ paintings.

8 inch watercolor paintings

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11 Art Supplies I can't paint without