Watercolor Palettes are super important when it comes to storing and mixing your paints. Below is a list of all my watercolor palettes as well as my thoughts on each.
>>> STORAGE WATERCOLOR PALETTE <<<
MY THOUGHTS: When I talk about palettes – this is usually the item that comes to mind. A foldable palette in which to store your paints when not in use. This palette is by far my favorite and I actually have 3 of them now – storing 3 different color palettes. If you have been following me for some time now – you probably know that I hate plastic palettes. They just don't allow your paints to “pool” inside the wells and are in my opinion just not worth the money I put into them all those year ago. That is why about 6 years ago I made the switch to metal and haven't ever switched back. I currently have the 30 wells palette – but have to say I like the 20 wells better since all the wells are on one side (I don't really like storing my paints upside down inside my palette). But that being said – I like the ease of testing and playing around with more colors – so for now I'm sticking with the 30 wells palette.
>>> DEEP WELL WATERCOLOR PALETTE <<<
MY THOUGHTS: This deep well watercolor palette is sadly no longer available on Amazon – So I've included a link to World Market for a similar type of dish (note: you can buy them individually at the store). I highly encourage you – when thinking about watercolor supplies to think outside the box. And in this case – these small tasting dishes work perfectly for a deep well palette. I own 2 of these currently and they work just as great as my previous deep well palette (pictured above). The point of these deep well palettes is to mix up large amounts of one color in the correct paint to water ratio. These palettes are great when you need one specific color for a large section in your paintings – and are worried that you may run out of paint half way through the section (which we all know is so annoying). So this is a great tool for first learning about paint to water ratios and second mixing large paint mixtures for a painting.
>>> MIXING SURFACE WATERCOLOR PALETTE <<<
MY THOUGHTS: Yep! This is what I use – I purchased these mini tasting dishes from World Market (note: you can buy them individually at the store) for my mixing surface. I use these a ton! Since they are porcelain – the surface allows the paints to “pool” beautifully – giving me a great view of my color hue as well as paint ratio. So these are a must for me. If this might be a bit out of your budget – make sure to check out thrift stores – they usually have small white porcelain dishes that can be used for the same purpose :)