Vibrant, Fun & Cheap! My 3 Favorite Qualities in Art Supplies!

Hi friends! If you followed me on Instagram over the past month you have seem me painting cheerful postcards, bookmarks and sketchbook pages with a funny looking palette

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You may also have seen this palette advertised on Facebook and Instagram for a horrendous amount of money too! When I saw they wanted $50-$100 for this cute fan watercolor set I quickly put it out of my mind until I found it on Amazon for $18.99 and then I had to try it! I have carried this darling little palette everywhere with me for the past 3 weeks and have painted up a storm and surprisingly I have hardly made a dent in the paint. I was expecting with the super thin pans of color I’d use it up in no time and be left with a cute palette to refill. But no, there is still gobs and gobs of color left. Instead of me writing about how much I like this palette why not watch my video and I’ll tell you!

The details:

  • The palette I bought has 42 colors (the have smaller sets that are cheaper, the smaller sets will be shorter and probably come with a shorter waterbrush)
  • They also sell a pastel set of 18 colors for $11.99, and a cocktail set of 25 colors for $14.99.  I did compare colors in the sets and if you buy the 42 color set I reviewed and the pastel set the only duplicate color is white. All the colors in the cocktail set can be found in the pastel set and the 42 set. I plan to get the pastel set as I think it would be handy for life drawing sessions and for painting sweets which is my current obsession.
  • Comes with a refillable water brush
  • These seem to be extruded very concentrated thin pans of watercolor
  • I bought mine from the seller MEEDEN because I have had good luck purchasing that brand before

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Pros:

  • Price: $11.99-$18.99 depending on number of colors
  • Colors are clean and bright and very transparent
  • The waterbrush is decent
  • The colors are slow wearing, they should last quite a while
  • Some colors granulate like they would in traditional colors.
  • The colors Glaze well (2-3 layers) as you can see in my gemstone painting below.

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Cons:

  • Small mixing area (that said you have enough colors you won’t need to mix but I prefer to use fewer colors and mix them) *Note, Some palettes are coming with a slide out mixing tray that is not shown in the product description which is a nice improvement as well as a brush wiping sponge!
  • No lightfast information
  • If you decide to use a regular watercolor brush and buckets of water you will want to leave it fanned out to dry so the wet paint won’t stick the palette shut. When in doubt dry it out.

Bottom line: These paints are surprisingly wonderful! They flow well and the colors are fresh and bright. I am keeping it in my car for impromptu painting. These won’t be the best choice for large paintings because the mixing areas are small and you would probably use them up quickly but for cardmaking, art journaling and sketching they really can’t be beat. I am using them mainly to paint bookmarks and postcards. If you are looking for an inexpensive travel set of a gift for an artsy friend I encourage you to give them a try! I also recommend you make a swatch like I showed in the video so you can keep the colors straight, they are so transparent they appear very dark in the pans.

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These are the blank watercolor postcards I used. For Making bookmarks I cut this paper into four 2.25″x6″ pieces and this paper into 2 2.5″x7″ pieces.
That way I have fun small “canvasses” to paint on anytime I have a minute!

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FYI I intend to refill my palette when it runs out. I will use my QoR watercolors for that because they are very concentrated and dry down hard and low yet are easy to rewet so they seem to be the best option I think.

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I hope you enjoyed this review as much as I have enjoyed playing with these fun paints! Affiliate links were used in this post meaning that if you purchase that palette I will earn a small commission at no cost to you, thanks! Thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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