Watercolor Palette Setup

I’ve been on the hunt for a good palette to recommend. I had a few things I was looking for….

  1. Metal. I just like a good metal palette. (I have a bunch of expensive Italian palettes that can’t be had over here, and couldn’t find a way to have them imported.) Plastic palettes have the un-fun problem of having the paint blobs pop out. Yikes!
  2. Wells to wash. Lots of palettes have the mixing sections in the centers, surrounded by the paints. While it might be easier to drag paint out of wells, it’s also pretty impossible to give ’em a really good washing. I like to sometimes run it under water to get it good and clean.
  3. Pans. There are palettes with built-in wells, but depending on how they’re constructed, paint and liquid can move around from one well to another pretty easily. In pans, I find that a wet palette is a little easier to toss in the bottom of my bag (I do try to keep it flat if it’s good and wet) without making a mess.

So….the Schminke palette is pretty close to my fancy European palette! The only differences are the mechanism to hold in the pans, and the shape of the wells. Pretty minor, eh? So I now have this Schminke palette, filled with my Daniel Smith Essentials PLUS the 18 colors on my new dot card. (Total of 24 half-pans.) If you want to make a swatch sheet for this palette yourself, click HERE for the pdf. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

My Daniel Smith dot card!

In the fall, the good folks at Daniel Smith asked if I’d pick my top 18 cards so they could make a dot card out of them. EEEP! Apparently enough of my followers from around the world have mentioned my name to them that they think I’m a bigger deal than I am. LOL. Anyhoooo….here it is. Cool huh? Colors are all linked in the supply list below.

Want a free dot card? Place an order at Ellen Hutson for at least one Daniel Smith product – and you’ll get a free Sandy Allnock dot card while supplies last! Hurry! You can try out my colors before buying tubes.


“The Sandy Allnock Bundle”

There is a discounted special kit made JUST for my watercolor peeps. Yep, it even has my name in the title. It’s right HERE. That would be a great start for your watercolor adventure if you’ve not jumped in yet…and if you order it quickly, you could qualify for that free dot card!

The rest of watercolor weekend:

Over at Ellen Hutson’s CLASSroom blog, I’ve got a second post and video – painting trees! They’ve assembled another post too, right HERE with a weekend special. I’ve heard rumors of what they’re putting together tomorrow, too, and can’t wait to go see it myself!

TOMORROW – Sunday March 12, at 1pm Pacific, I’m hoping to host a live YouTube chat on watercolor! I have no idea how it works but I keep getting emails from YT that my account qualifies, so I’m gonna give it a try. Please don’t get upset if technology eats me alive – lol! Just knowing how the “firsts” go, this could be a challenge. But I’ll give it a try!


Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

My 18 colors:

also included in my palette, in addition to the 18 above:

Other supplies: