Meda Halmaciu

Artist and invitation designer @invitatiicouture

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Cigarette Tin Watercolor Palette

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This is my pocket palette. You can see how small it is compared to mu Van Gogh pocket palette and it holds 20 colors as opposed to 12, plus a rolled paper towel since I mostly use it with an aqua brush when I'm on the go.

Not all the half pans fit inside because some are a little too tall, but i have these from a painting magazine I used to subscribe to. Still have some of the original colors inside (the ones that look like dry cakes) but I have refilled the ones I use most with tube paint.

Because the tin is so thin, I used double sided tape to glue the pans to the bottom. Magnet sheet would have been too thick.

When I pant outside in my sketchbook or watercolouring book, I clip the palette to the book so I don't have to worry about it falling off.

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The only thing that I don't like about it is the non white lid/mixing area, but I will try painting it white and I will also try to decoupage the lid (thanks for the idea, Alana) as I am  a Christian and non smoker and I'm always ashamed to pull my little cigarette tin out when around friends. I actually found the tin in the garbage tin in front of my apartment building last summer, but I don't want to tell that story every time I pull it out. It was shiny and new, still having the paper and tobacco remains inside. I immediately knew it was the perfect watercolor palette.

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UPDATE

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I have decorated my palette (1 layer of gesso, 2 layers white acrylic and some roses and raspberries painted with acrylic paint).

My gesso + acrylic was not succesful for making a white mixing area in the lid though. The paint peels in contact with water.

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