Tiny palette and sketchbook to go

I needed a smaller palette for a road trip to Virginia so I made one from an eyeshadow case. I bought an eye shadow compact from Dollar Tree (1$!) and pried out the eyeshadow, cleaned it up and sprayed the outside of the lid with white enamel, to better show my paint colors when mixing. The lid was clear before painting. I squeezed in 7 colors plus white. I still have room for several more colors, if I decide I need them. I can get plenty of color by mixing these few, though. Here is the palette alongside the little 3 1/2″ x 5″ Strathmore watercolor journal that I took with me.


Paint colors are New Gamboge, Quinacradone Gold, Permanent Rose, Manganese Blue, Winsor Blue (Red shade) and Neutral Tint.  The page above shows some of the color mixes I can get with these.

And here are the first few sketches from the trip. Mushrooms from a roadside rest stop. They looked like something from a fairy tale, to me.



More mushrooms, these with frilly edges that made them look like flowers.


And coneflowers (I think) from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA.

coneflowersI added a couple of pens and a mechanical pencil,   a water brush, a tiny spray bottle and a thick paper towel. Everything I needed fit in a little zippered pencil case.


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