How to make a travel watercolor palette for $7

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Ever since I saw adorable travel watercolor palettes on Etsy, I've been wanting one for myself. However, I couldn't budge on the $30+ price point. There had to be an easier way to re-create the travel palette idea.

Then, I saw this adorable video where the artist makes a watercolor "watch" out of a very tiny pill box. Such a good idea, but it was a little too tiny and I wanted a few more colors in my travel palette. I was starting to feel like Goldilocks.

However, I quickly realized I could purchase a pill case and make my own. Watch the video below to learn how I made my watercolor travel palette, what colors I used, and also see it in action!

How to make a $7 watercolor travel palette

Don't get me wrong, I love my larger watercolor palette box. But it's quite large and doesn't travel well. 

At-home watercolor palette next to my new travel watercolor palette

So, I decided to pick up a travel pill case and stock it with my favorite colors:

Watercolor colors I used in my travel palette - Winsor & Newton, Artist's Loft: Vermillion, Permanent Rose, Cadmium Orange Hue, Violet, Purple Lake, Ultramarine, Prussian Blue, Hooker's Green Dark

You can see how this makes for a much friendlier travel set for watercolors. While the folding palette box I have is awesome for at-home, the travel case is much better to take along with me (or even just carry to different parts of the house!)

The whole watercolor setup
Pentel Waterbrushes and filled up travel watercolor palette ready to go

After you let the watercolors dry overnight, you can use the palette much like you would any other dry palette. The top cover makes for an excellent mixing palette, too. I posted this on Instagram to demo how much I love my new palette.

Testing my travel watercolor palette and making swatches using the Pentel Water Brushes

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How do you travel with your watercolors?