Travel Watercolor Palette (eye Shadow Box)





Introduction: Travel Watercolor Palette (eye Shadow Box)

 I have been looking to make a travel sized watercolor palette for when I am on vacation or out and just want to paint.  I have found that this is an extremely effective palette, and also extremely affordable.  I bought it at the dollar store so it was only $1 but if you have one laying around at home, that is even better because it is free.  I also like it because it is about the same size as an ipod, in all dimensions.  A GREAT piece to add to a portable kit!

Step 1: Remove Eye Shadow

After you take it out of the package, remove the eye shadow.  I used a knife to get under the corner of the eye shadow, and this particular eye shadow box had the makeup in a little tin, so it came out effortlessly.  Also, make sure to remove any adhesive that is under the tin.  Be sure to wash it out clean to remove any debris.

Step 2: Add Pigment to the Cups

Go ahead and squeeze the pigment from the tube into the individual cups.  This is where the palette comes alive.

Step 3: Paint the Cover White

Because the eye shadow kit that I bought had a clear lid, I wanted to paint it white so I would have a good surface (even though it is small) to mix color.  If the eye shadow kit that you are using already had a white lid, you are in business.  The reason that you want it to be white is to be able to see the color that you are mixing properly.  MAKE SURE YOU PAINT THE OUTSIDE and not where you will be mixing color.

You may want to do this step before you put the pigment in the cups...i didn't think about it...but it was OK.  just shut the lid and paint the outside and it is all good.

Step 4: Let the Pigment Dry (24 Hrs)

This is the last step and I would definitely recommend letting it dry out.  Just a good idea before you take it out and start using it.




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    This is a great affordable alternative to the pricey pocket and travel palettes.

    I've gone another direction inspired by make-up. I saw a pricey travel palette made out of a business card case. I bought a bag of 100 small eyeshadow tins and then I put a magnetic business card older in an old business card case. (Check to make sure the lid will close first with the tins and magnetic card.) I glued in the card, but you can get blank self-adhesive magnetic cards at Home Depot. Then I filled the eyeshadow tins with paint and they stick to the magnet. I can fit about 14 small ones in. They only hold maybe an eighth of a pan of pan or not quite a quarter. Enough for at least a day's sketching. Plus I can switch them in and out if I want to change colors or do a quick refill.

    I've done the same with empty plastic half and whole pans and used hinged tins like Altoids and old candy tins. I cut the magnetic plastic small enough for the bottom of the half pan, then peel and stick. They'll attach to most tins. I can still switch out colors and rearrange. I like this method best. The half pans are pretty cheap, I can use my own paints and customize anything with sizes. My favorites are using empty cigar tins. I have two. I haven't even painted the inside with white for mixing because both are mostly white already except for the logo in the middle. Plus, if for any reason they are lost or stolen while I travel, the entire thing is easy to replace. I don't have to mourn a favorite travel palette that might be irreplaceable.

    For water color and Gouache white is the better back ground for discerning colors. Yes Gouache is water soluble just like water color. (not the new acrylic Gouache though.) In stead of sanding use "Goof Off" to rub all services to be painted white. It will also remove the black Logo on the front of the clear lid. I intend to paint everything white with the exception of leaving the inside clear lid cover blank.

    There is a product called "Goof Off" available at most hardware stores. Instead of sanding wipe everything down with Goof off it will also remove the back labeling on the clear lid. Every where you wipe goof of it will dry leaving a good tack that will attach very well to sprayed on white. Dont wipe it on the inside of the clear lid. But, every where else you wipe the Goof will become ideal to be painted white. White not gray is the better color for discerning correct colors of the water color medium spoken of here. .

    This s funny because I just bought a cheap watercolor paint set and made it into a makeup palette!

    very clever!

    great idea, but i already have a watercolor palette. do you think i could do this with gouache? Do they reconstitute the same way watercolors do?

    This is good thinking!

    I would suggest several tweaks:

    First, see if any eyeshadow-wearing humans you know have old compacts they should be replacing, thus making this project more green. (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and all that.) (One should get rid of old eye makeup fairly often for health reasons.)

    Second, paint the lid a medium grey to make a more neutral and thus better mixing surface than white.

    For acrylics, try using a wet sponge under a bit of blotting paper to keep them from drying out. The paints sit right on the paper. Make sure to create a good seal for the lid, you could probably do so with some silicone caulking and petroleum jelly. And keep that paper damp or it'll all dry out. (Now that I think of this, this is probably a better idea for an altoid tin than an eye shadow compact)

    (Probably don't do this with oil paints. They can have toxic qualities, from the solvents to some pigments.)

     Oil paint is toxic, yes, but if you handle it properly its perfectly safe. I would suggest if you were going to put oil paints in one of these, make sure that the case was water tight. What's nice about oils is that they don't dry out very quickly, meaning you could squirt a glob into the trays and it would probably be good for a week or so, depending on where you live. 

    Acrylics dry far too fast.

     Excellent idea. I wonder if it would work with acrylic paints? They might be too runny for this.