DIY Perfect Gouache Palette From Harbor Freight Bargain!

Hi friends! See how I used this cheap container from Harbor Freight to make the perfect palette for my gouache paint.

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As you probably know gouache paint can be rewet like watercolor after it has dried so you can paint waste free. The problem with letting big gobs of it dry in a watercolor palette is that the dry paint can shrink and crack and then fall out of the palette or get mixed up with all the other colors. What a bummer! I love the convenience of having all of my paint accessible because I am more likely to use it. Watch the video to see my cheap and easy solution!

Supplies:

  • I found a clear plastic case at harbor freight that had 24 clear flip top boxes in it for $4.79 This is available on Amazon too but it is more expensive. This would also work if you want a smaller set up that holds 28 colors and it is cheap!
  • Here is the Arteza Gouache set I used. Make sure to peel off the color labels before you squeeze out the paint of they wont come off!
  • Tube wringer (optional) I have this one but I wish I had a metal one and this one is cheaper too! *I use a lot of small watercolor tubes and the paint is expensive so I find the tube wringer to be a good investment (A few drops of watercolor can create many paintings) but if your paint is not that precious it might not be worth it. I like to save money and trips to the store:)

Directions:
1. Remove color label from tube and stick it to the side of the little box. *Or you can make a label with the color name and pigment info/light-fast rating.

2. Fill with paint.

3. Put small containers back in big box for storage. As the containers are not air tight I think you are fine to close them unless you have just used them and introduced any water to the pants, in that case I’d let them dry out a bit before closing. Since I filled them with fresh paint and I know there are no contaminants I closed them.

I think there are many things these little boxes would be useful for and you might even have something in your stash that will work the same way as this. Have fun organizing your palette and til next time happy crafting!

 

Tips for organizing and getting the most out of your tubes of paint!

Hi friends! Tonight I am going to show you how I am organising many of my tube watercolors that do not have a dedicated permanent palette. I was concerned about having too many small random homemade palettes to deal with so what I have done is taken the tin that my Qor paints came in and filled it with half pans (or you can use bottle caps, I am sticking to half pans so I can put them in one of my field palettes if I want to at any time) with magnets attached. You are probably wondering why I just don’t glue them to the tin and save money on magnets. Here’s why: I rarely use more than 5 colors in a painting and I wanted to be able to move the pans to the lid with the mixing wells when I am painting and since they have magnets on the bottom they wont slide around on me. As exciting as it is to listen to me talk about this process I’m sure you’d probably rather watch a video so here you go!

Video!

I know I covered a lot in this video, here are the references I mentioned.

The gadget I used to get the paint out of the tubes is a tube wringer, Jerry’s has them the cheapest. Don’t bother with the paint saver keys. The one I have is similar to $5.99 model but if you can swing it I’d go with a metal one.

I did find a source of affordable empty half-pans and full pans, I just ordered 40 half and 30 fulls from Jacksons Art Supply on amazon and no matter how many you order (and you can combine half and full pans) it is just one shipping charge of $3.50 from UK to USA. I am not affiliated with Jackson’s or Amazon but it was the best deal I could find (26 cents half/39 cents full.) There is another outfit called Half Pan PH which also has a good price on half pans, they ship out of the Philipines, I have never ordered from them but they just announced global shipping.

The tin came with the Qor set of watercolors. I got a big tin with each set of 6 paints I ordered. They have switched to smaller tins for the small sets because artist complained but i like the big tins. You might ask where you order if you can get a set in a large tin if they still have them. currently Jerry’s has the best price on these at $20.00 (which is a couple bucks less than what I paid sheesh!)

I got the magnets from Oriental Trading but there is nothing special about them, just look for a good price, I got 200 for $6  or you could use rubber cement to tack down your pans but i wanted to be able to move the colors I wanted over to my mixing side so I did not get confused:) and also be able to rearrange them.

I wrote the names on my pans with an ultra fine tip sharpie which I also use to do watercolor pen and ink with:) Someone suggested using a brother label maker to do that so if you have one it’s a great idea. I don’t have one or plan to get one, I can’t even imagine being that organized with life. 😀

I hope you found this useful. I have lots of room to store and mix paint in this tin and I actually have 2 more of these from the other 2 Qor sets I bought, one is storing random tubes of paint ans the other one is sitting in my “empty box storage” please don’t call hoarders. Erma Bombeck was talking about me and her mother when she said “She never met a box she didn’t like.) LOL, Gosh, I miss Erma. I sure is nice to have your paint organized and ready to go, almost as good as painting with it which I hope you do. Remember it’s not the paint that makes the art, you do that bit:) Have a good night and as always happy crafting!

 

Make this palette for free!

Hi friends! I had an idea the other day for a DIY watercolor paper made with stuff from around the house. Best of all I can change colors as easy as can be:

This Marie’s set is just about the cheapest good watercolor paint I have ever found! It was $5 a set of 18 tubes at Ocean State Job Lot but most big art suppliers have it for about the same price.

Supplies for this DIY:

  • a magnet sheet
  • metal soda or beer bottle caps
  • adhesive if your container is not metal.

Directions: Cut a piece of magnet sheet (I get scraps for free at a sign/banner shop-they are leftovers from the car magnets they make) to fit your container and adhere it inside magnet side up. Arrange bottle caps on the magnet. Fill bottle caps with paint. You can an add or remove caps easily because they are just held in by magnets. You might need to replace them occasionally if they rust. (I only mention this because I’ve seen old rusty metal bottle caps outside in the dirt before.)

Not bad for a cheap palette, eh?

The brushes are the Real Value line from Princeton Art & Brush Company and they are excellent for the price, the set I demonstrated cost $6 at Ocean State Job Lot but, again, you can probably find them online.

I hope this us useful to someone! Happy crafting!

 

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