When Antoine decided to join us on this Venice trip, I wanted to be sure he wouldn't be bored, because Daphne and I will sketch or paint every day (probably all day long, since it's her favorite thing to do). Antoine reassured me and said he might actually paint with us! As a child, he was good at sketching, but real life got in the way of things creative although I'm sure he'd say golf is his creative outlet!
As part of my effort to get him up to speed quickly, I've created a tiny TRAVEL PALETTE for him (it's actually a pill container!). I've included 3 cool colors, 4 warm colors and I've added Shadow Violet by Daniel Smith which is a color I can't live without lately. It plays so nicely either by itself or mixed with other colors.
|Pill Container turned into mini travel palette. Buy it HERE|
(If you buy a different brand, make sure it's still white.)
Pigments from left: Daniel Smith (DS) Thalo Blue (green shade), Winsor & Newton (WN) Permanent Rose, DS Nickel Titanate Yellow, DS Quinophthalone Yellow, DS Aussie Red Gold, WN Cadmium Red, DS Ultramarine Blue, DS Shadow Violet (in the center).
The first 3 are cool colors. The other 5 are warm.
You really could use whatever cool and warm colors you already have, but try to stick with blue/red/yellow since there are not many wells.
You may buy the water brush HERE.
Then I created a chart in the back of his SKETCH BOOK that shows him what every color looks like, painted over every other color. Look at all the colors you can create with just 7 colors! Check out the variety of greens w/o one single tube of green being included!
|I used a PINK PIG 270g A5 Posh Banana Watercolor Book, but when I went to find it online for you, it's only showing up on Amazon UK. I do believe I actually bought it through them and it shipped to me in about 2 weeks' time. The price is right and the paper holds up very well to lots of water. Check it out HERE.|
The colors bled only because I didn't wait long enough to cover the initial color with more color. I knew better.
For Venice or France, I particularly like the combo of Shadow Violet with all of the other colors (as shown in the top row of the chart)! Except when you're on the Venetian island of BURANO, when all of the other brighter colors will come into play!
Even though I use all kinds of travel palettes, I'm planning on all 3 of us using this new mini version in April. I'll let you know what Daphne thinks about that in a future post! We're really starting to get excited now!