Tiny Altoids Watercolor Paint Set




A tiny watercolor paint set that holds 5 half pans of water color and fits in your pocket along with your keys.

It's perfect to throw into a man purse or diaper bag, whichever you prefer. Personally, I keep this in the car for when I get stuck babysitting the 2yr old during nap time while out and about.

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Step 1: Inventory

- Tin case - While I found the mini Altoids tin to be ideal, you could use any small tin case. If using Altoids, remember not to drink Coca Cola / Coke after you eat all the mint to empty the tin.

- Glossy Enamel Paint - Spray or brush paint from Home Depot or your favorite hardware/art/craft store. Spray paint is easier to use but messier than brush paint. Make sure it's glossy paint. Matt finish paint is hard to clean water color paint off.

- Masking/Painter's Tape - You will need some tape to cover areas you do not want the enamel on.

- Paint Remover - Your hands will get paint on them. Also, if you are obsessive on neatness like myself, you will need the paint remover to touch up the tin once done.

- Paint Brush - If you are not using spray paint you need this to apply the paint.

- Water Color Paint - Pick your brand of 5 water color half pans.

- Glue - You will need this to stick your pans to the bottom of the tin to avoid the pans from bouncing around and making a racket while you walk.

Step 2: Paint the Tin

- As instructed by the spray paint can, go outside - the paint will smell. Also, you do not want to get the enamel on furniture or the floor. It's hard enough to remove the paint from your hands once done.

- Use masking tape or painters tape to cover the portions of the tin you do not want to paint - basically the entire outside of the tin. Most likely, any area not covered in tape will get paint on it.

- Spray the paint on to the tin. Add one layer, wait for a few minutes and add a second.

- If you are me, you will move the tin to a cleaner area.

- After 4-6 hours, remove the masking/painter's tape carefully. You can use a paper towel, wet with paint remover, to clean off unwanted paint.

- Let dry for 24 hours.

Step 3: Go Water Color!

- Stick your half pans of water color to the inside of the tin with some glue.

- That's it! Go paint something better that I did!!!

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    5 Discussions


    5 years ago

    @eilu - I like the sponge idea... Much better than using any old paper towel to clean the aqua brush


    5 years ago

    @hartmannsclaas - I'll try that out, good idea.


    5 years ago on Step 3

    Very nice. You might also enjoy buying a $1 eye shadow from a dollar store. Scrape out the eye shadow and fill the recesses from tube water colors.


    5 years ago on Step 3

    Brilliant. You can add a small sponge or wad of paper towels on the top half of the tin, to wipe the brush between colors.


    5 years ago on Step 2

    hmm Latex gloves or gloves of your choice at while doing this part. perferably long enough to cover the fore arms u dont want to get that paint on yr arms do u?