Portable water color containers

by Anita
(HLR, TX, USA)

Paint palette alternative

Paint palette alternative

Instead of using a large painting palette to put the paints on, you can put paints into medicine containers that are available in drug stores. (see photo).


The paints are easy to travel with since they don't take up much space and you can snap the lid down and and go (although you might want to place all the tray's into a plastic bag which could be sealed to prevent any paint from leaking out). You can add the color and brand info to the lid of the container and the containers are not expensive!

A former art teacher shared this idea with me and I apologize because I can't recall her name to give her credit for her wonderful idea.

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This is a great idea
by: Anonymous

A lot of times those sevenday pill containers would be perfect for a watercolor palette -- easy enough to just use them with the tubes. I used to have one and didn't even think of it but it'd have been perfect for carrying a few colors. They sealed well as I recall.

You can sometimes get them free from the doctor because the pharmaceutical companies give them to doctors as samples when they come in to sell their particular products. It'll have some drug name on it that has no relation to anything you actually take, but that's nothing since you got it free.

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portable watercolour containers
by: Barbara

Fantastic idea, I'll give this a go, there are so many sizes in these pill containers, there would be one to suit all artists. Many thanks.

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water pots
by: Dorothy Cambs UK

I have got some of these pots too, I bought them in Boots chemist for £2.10p each, I did use them first for acrylic paints but they dried out I will try again with the acrylics and spray them with water. now I have seen this I may buy more and use them as suggested for watercolour

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