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Tear-Off Palette: My Awesome Life Hack To Simplify Watercolour

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Mon Astuce Facile avec 1 Feuille de Palette Pelable

22/06/2018 – I love sunny days of outdoor outings, painting sessions at the beach or in the mountains, and drawings on the terrace of a cafe!

To express my artistic impulses outside the studio, I tried many situations. And with time, I developed and adapted some very clever materials! Would you like to know my trick with a simple sheet of paper from a Tear-Off palette?



When I’m traveling, I like to carry a little watercolour paint kit in my bag. The paint dries quickly, works with water and transports much better than acrylic paint.


FOR BRUSHES: I prefer reservoir brush pens because they have a cap, a tank to load them with water, and a tip that is more resistant to jostling in my bag or pencil case (or mesh bag example on my picture).

FOR PAPER: A travel book with thick sheets of paper (200 to 400gsm), fine grain (it’s better), with or without spirals. You will find some from Sennelier, Clairefontaine or Lana brands.

FOR COLOURS: I choose a watercolour pan set. You’ll find some from I love Art, Winsor & Newton, or Pébéo (round box).

There are pocket boxes in other brands. I share my favourites here. They are small and less heavy in the bag.

This material is currently available at GreatArt Online and can be ordered to collect from their art supply shop in London Shoreditch or delivered to your home.



Did you notice how small watercolour paint boxes have mini compartments to mix colours? I usually work on large palettes. Such narrow boxes do not make my task easy.

Yes, I know, there are individual palettes (flower-shaped in porcelain or plastic) but it’s still a cumbersome solution.

Picture : Pébéo Pocket box and I Love Art Mini watercolour set.

MY TIP: To mix my colours, I make myself a suitable palette.

Guess what?

With a simple sheet of Tear-off palette paper.

Palette rectangulaire Amsterdam + Palette ovale I Love Art



I can already hear some of you saying me, “Come on Amylee … How do you blend your colours on a flat surface?”

Hold on! My trick allows you to retain colours with a clever folding. I explain in the following text.



This technique can be used with all kinds of Tear-off palettes: oval or rectangular. Of course, the rectangular ones (without thumb hole) from Amsterdam or Canson are much more functional.

  • Take a sheet of tear-off palette. Fold the sheet of paper as if to make a fan, then open it.

  • Following the fold, reorganize each fold to create flat-bottomed compartments. Look in my demonstration, folds 1 and 4 at the top, folds 2 and 3 at the bottom and so on…

  • Once all folds are reorganized, the sheet of paper creates nice compartments for mixing colours.

GOOD TO KNOW: I use clear adhesive tape to seal the hole in a paper palette. As it is extremely light it is not resistant against the wind. In some cases, I sometimes add small pieces of adhesive tape to hold it to a heavier support (like a table or magazine). Remember to take a roll tape with you when you travel!



To keep a vertical folding, you can add a small piece of tape to maintain paper (see picture with blue arrows).


And to tidy up the palette, we fold it. It is reusable!

GOOD TO KNOW: To avoid sagging in the bag after use, you can insert the folded pallet into 1 freezer bag with a zipper. A small paper tissue can be added to the bag if it drips!

You’ll tell me that it’s easy to do, and I’ll answer that in addition, it’s super convenient, extremely lightweight and you can get in different sizes!

DISCLAIMER : Je fais partie des artistes référents utilisant le matériel proposé par Le Géant Des Beaux-Arts – France, et GreatArt – United Kingdom. Vous venez de lire mon article issu de cette collaboration. Au risque de me répéter, sachez que j’apprécie les marques distribuées par ce partenaire depuis des années, et que je suis convaincue de la qualité du matériel destiné aux artistes et aux personnes créatives. Même si cela paraît logique, je précise que je suis LIBRE sur la thématique et le choix des produits mis en avant, LIBRE sur le contenu, LIBRE de donner mon VÉRITABLE avis, et c’est également pour cette raison que ce partenariat est important car je peux proposer régulièrement du contenu frais et de qualité.

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