I don’t know why but we urban sketchers are almost obsessed with the notion of creating tiny palettes. I’ve made a bunch of them, though each time I’m disappointed, mostly because there’s not enough mixing area and I find them difficult to hold compared to my larger palette that has a nifty ring on the back I can shove my thumb into.
And yet, here I am again… I just can’t help myself. When my buddy Yvan made one of “these”, I had to follow suit and I thought I’d share it with you.
Unlike the traditional Altoids box, this one is made from a case for reading glasses. As such, it’s long and thin and I think it might fit my particular needs. To “create” it all I did was paint the lid with white acrylic paint and stick 8 half pans into it using blue-tack. Instant tiny palette.
I did add one more thing, or maybe two things. You can see in the bottom view that I’ve glued a couple small seed magnets to the underside. These are very handy because I often draw on a 8.5 x 11 surface of a thin, metal-wood surface. It helps corral things into a unit I can hold with one hand, whether I’m standing or sitting. I can attach single-sheets to it using magnets or, using a support board rest for landscape or portrait sketchbooks. And now, I can attach my tiny palette to it as well.