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Picture of Pocket watercolor set

I recently started watercolor lessons (watercolour here in the UK ;-) ), and I thought it would be cool to have a pocket watercolour set I could take with me when I'm out and about. So I reached for a mint tin, similar to Altoids and set about turning it into a watercolour set that could travel with me in my pocket.

What you need

  • A mint tin, eat the mints and clean the tin.
  • Something to form the pans, I used Polymorph but there are loads of other options ( see Step 1 for more ideas).
  • Some watercolour paint
  • A brush
  • A pencil
  • Some watercolour paper

So let's get started

Step 1: Forming the pans

Picture of Forming the pans

There are loads of ways to form the pans, I've gone for polymorph which is a low temperature thermoset plastic. Other options could include:-

  • a hot glue gun,
  • glue in strips of plastic using resin glue
  • glue in commercial paint pans ( filled or empty)
  • glue in an empty "lozenge" pack
  • form something in a vacuum former

To use my polymorph option:-

  1. Boil some water and fill a bowl
  2. Add some polymorph granules to the water
  3. Wait for the granules to turn clear
  4. Carefully fish out the plastic with a spoon
  5. Allow to drain and squeeze out any excess water ( take care, it will be hot as it's just come out of boiling water).
  6. Using small amounts at a time form the 6 wells to accept the paint. Leave space for your brush and pencil
Ham-made5 months ago
Hey serhardt!
For the aquarelle pans, I've always used inverted Lego bricks. The only modification needed is drilling out the interior center post. I then stick them to an inverted flat piece of Lego plate that is roughly the size of the tin I'm using, which keeps the pans from moving around. I also carry a water brush to eliminate the need for a separate water source, although puddles are sort of poetic to use!
Mr. Ham
serhardt (author)  Ham-made5 months ago
Thanks Mr. Ham, great idea to use the Lego, that means you can easily saw out the pans depending on what you plan to paint. Ingenious!
Ham-made serhardt5 months ago
Ysabeau5 months ago
I may be tempted to make it.

You could use a plastic sheet between the paint and the paper to protect it instead of a zip-lock bag.
serhardt (author)  Ysabeau5 months ago
Yes, you definitely could do that, if you used something with a little stiffness, you could also use as a mixing palate along with the lid of the tin
audreyobscura5 months ago
This is super cute!
serhardt (author)  audreyobscura5 months ago