It’s HEEEERE! I got on the waiting list well over two years ago for one of these beautiful handmade palettes….it’s wayyy overkill for my crafty students and honestly – even for my fine art students! But you likely know how much I love to treat myself to beautiful, high quality supplies; and this is one I have dreamt of owning for many years!
Today’s video unboxes the palette – it comes beautifully presented.
There’s plenty of customization available – materials, numbers of wells for color and mixing…..I picked the silver-brass mix. And I’m palette #270.
I’ve been on the waiting list for over 2 years – saving my pennies all along the way! Steve Fanelli makes these palettes one by one, by hand – and will take them back for refreshes as needed too! All this of course means they aren’t inexpensive, so I’ll just warn you now – nobody “needs” one of these. But I’ll show it off anyway because I’m so impressed with Steve’s work! One feature I chose – embossing my signature into the brass panel:
I’d chosen this configuration for my palette; when Steve was getting started making mine, he asked if I wanted the thumb hole. Given my hand issues this year I thought I would skip that – because frankly, I don’t think I’ll ever “become” a painter who holds her palette. I know some do that but….I’m lazy. Ha! Removing the thumb hole left me with three extra wells….so read on to see what that meant to the decisions I had thought I was set on!
Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube.
Setting up the palette
I had set up a fine art palette to play with for a while in advance of this one getting here….to see what I’d use when doing fine art painting. There are just some colors that are good for crafting but I know I don’t use outside. When that turned into 18 rather than 15 colors I had some choices to work out! It panicked me a bit so I sat looking at the palette for a few weeks, unable to make a decision. Anyone else deal with stress that way?
Well I knew that couldn’t last. So I took tubes of colors I knew I wanted and started laying them around the palette to decide on the order. And what I realized – I needed to know roughly where the additional 3 colors would land! If I added another yellow but didn’t leave a space next to the yellows, I’d be creating an isolated yellow elsewhere….so what I decided to do: since 2 of the 3 slots were iffy, I DID know one would be a blue and one a green. So I left the two “iffy” ones where a blue or green would belong, so if I switch them out I’m not messing up the rest of the color order. Complex, and eventually I might not care about the order – but I wanted to at least try at the start!
I kept yellows together on one side – less chance of contaminating them over on the side. New New Gamboge, Aureolin, and Yellow Ochre. I followed that with my reds – Quinacridone Rose, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, and Anthraquinoid Scarlet followed by just one brown, Transparent Red Oxide. Then the blues, Phthalo Blue Turquoise, Cobalt Blue, and a treat to play with – Duochrome Cabo Blue. It has some shimmer to it, and also plays beautifullly with Lunar blue. It may get booted for another blue but I’m going to give it a try.
Next are my greens: Cascade Green, which is the other treat I’m trying out since a lot of painters in my area love it. Then comes Green Gold, Sap Green, and Green Apatite. That’s followed by Moonglow as the last in the row and the start of the granulating and neutrals, Lunar Blue, Payne’s Blue Gray, and another new addition is a neutral, Alvarao’s Caliente Grey.
I went out last month to see how this palette would work out in the wild – and it fit perfectly into my easel! Even better than the other one actually, since it’s larger and snugs in better.
You can see why I need lots of greens, eh? Living in Washington it’s the color that I paint with a lot!
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- House of Hoffman Palette
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- Daniel Smith Watercolors: 5ml at Ellen Hutson OR 15ml at BLICK
- New Gamboge: EH – Blick
- Aureolin: EH – Blick
- Yellow Ochre: EH – Blick
- Quinacridone Rose: EH – Blick
- Permanent Alizarin Crimson: EH – Blick
- Anthraquinoid Scarlet: EH – Blick
- Transparent Red Oxide: EH – Blick
- Phthalo Blue Turquoise: Blick
- Cobalt Blue: EH – Blick
- Duochrome Cabo Blue: Blick
- Cascade Green: Blick
- Green Gold: EH – Blick
- Sap Green: EH – Blick
- Green Apatite: EH – Blick
- Moonglow: EH – Blick
- Lunar Blue: EH – Blick
- Payne’s Blue Gray: EH – Blick
- Alvarao’s Caliente Grey: Blick