As a sketchbook artist, I love to carry a sketchbook with me everywhere I go. I usually have at least one sketchbook stashed in my somewhat roomy purse and so finding tools that are compact yet flexible are an essential part of successfully being ready whenever the opportunity strikes.
I have tried many travel watercolor palettes from all the reputable brands and my own homemade variations. Two of my favorites has been the Winsor & Newton and Koi (by Sakura) travel watercolor kits (can be viewed here). While I still like these both for different reasons, sometimes all I really want is the super simple essentials because anything more can be a bit bulky in my purse. (Although I swear I probably only carry one so I can carry my art supplies and what ever my son want to pawn off on me while we are out.)
Recently, I found the perfect little watercolor palette kit from an amazing artist Expeditionary Artist Maria Coryell-Martin. I could do a whole blog post on this amazing artist and her journeys. I highly recommend you check out her site( after you read mine of course 🙂 ) by clicking on her name above. Maria Coryell-Martin has developed the perfect little watercolor travel palette that will literally fit into your pocket.
The palette features a mixing surface, 14 removable pans on a magnetic base, and measures approximately 3 5/8″ x 2 1/2″. The palette is packaged in a reusable cloth drawstring pouch. Additional refill pans are available as well as jumbo pans. The Pocket Palette is also part of a Art Toolkit sketching supply system. All these items can be found at http://art-toolkit.com.
I use my own folio that when zipped shut holds my watercolor Moleskine and drawing/painting tools perfectly. At the moment in my palette is a very simple mix of colors:
- French Ultramarine Blue
- Permanent Rose
- New Gamboge
- Permanent Alizarin Crimson
- Winsor Green
- Ivory Black
- Permanent White Gouache
- Burnt Sienna
- Burnt Umber
Probably could do with just the first three but I like the others in there for convenience depending if I just want to do a limited color sketch or full sketch. Plus, I like using Permanent Alizarin Crimson + Winsor Green to make a richer black than the Ivory Black.
What is in your sketchbook kit?