Monday, July 4, 2016

My Travel Watercolour Palette

Flower pots in front of Sony Centre on Front street.


Some people keep asking me about what kind of travel watercolour set I am using/  what do they consist of. I have to say I am an amateur painter who is still finding the colours that suit my style best. I have yet to try all of the different watercolour brands or art supplies out there.

A few years back I wanted to sketch on location, I started off with Winsor&Newton Cotman Watercolour Set for my first travel watercolour palette. The reason I bought this set was because of its small size, convenience and the colour quality is good enough to paint on my tiny sketchbooks. Later I realized some of the colours were not bright enough for my style. I personally love vibrant colours, so I purchased some artist grade watercolour paint to try out. 
Here are the colours I am using in  my travel watercolour palette - Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Winsor Red, Cadmium Orange, Purple Lake, Lamp Black, Sap Green, Viridian Hue, Cerulean Blue, French Ultramarine, Indigo, Burnt Umber and a couple of tiny colours I put on the top are Cobalt Blue Hue and Permanent Rose.

I would love to hear what travel watercolour set are you using. Want to share? Comment below.


  1. Love your painting, quite wonderful!

    In my palette are Windsor Lemon, Scarlet Lake, Cerulean Blue, French Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, New Gamboge, Permanent Rose, Winsor Blue (Red Shade), Winsor Blue (Green Shade) Winsor Green, Payne’s Grey. I have both Full and Half pans in a range of boxes including your nice lightweight Cotman Sketcher’s box.

    While I am trying to not change my colours for the next six months, I am using all the different boxes to figure out what set-up I like best - because I do have an addiction to fussing with my sketching kit set-up(s)!

    1. Thank you for sharing Carol! love insight into artists tools. It is great to hear from you. :))

  2. I do love the colours you use in your travel palette, bright and refreshing. I have the same Winsor_Newton Cotman set that I bought for the same reason... but it takes so long to use up all the paint.... I've purchased a couple travel palettes from Blick in the US that look perfect in sized and I can set up a couple new palettes of colour to suit my needs. They were only about $4 each and a friend is travelling to the US and will pick them up for me....