I also have a lot of paints that I only use occasionally, and have been trying to work out a way to store them that is neat and functional for occassional use at home, but that also allows me to take them to my classes or workshop when I am teaching. These didn't need to be in a palette, but some sort of good storage system. I am very grateful that Malcolm Carver, a fellow member of the AWI and president of the Ku-ring-gai Art Society, presented me with the answer with the flower shaped Aquarelle palette he designed.
This palette is intended to encourage his students to work with a limited palette of 12 colours and to mix them on the paper rather than in the palette, so there is no 'mixing' space. They hold up to approximately 2 full pans of paint, can keep paint moist, keep paints covered when not in use and are neat and portable. Perfect!
I have set up three of them with my extra pigments - colours that are perfect for a particular painting...but otherwise gather dust. It may be possible to mix the colour, but the properties make them useful and can't be created by mixing others. Or they are just convenient. :-)
Palette 1 - this is the one I sometimes take with me when plain air painting as an 'extra', especially if going away on a painting trip. It contains two cadmium yellows and yellow ochre in case I need a more opaque yellow for foliage or flower stamens; beautiful granulating primates greens for foliage, raw sienna for a glow in the sky without making greens, cobalt for sky (or Greek Island roofs!) or in case I just need a really bright cobalt blue, Blue apatite genuine for stormy skies or water effects, Lunar black and Piemontite for granulating effects and Graphite for a 'painted pencil' look, Purple magenta to make gorgeous purples or magnolia colours.
|My palette set-up now. My brass studio palette, my 'extras' studio brass tray, my plein-air Herring palette, my tiny brass travel palette and three Aquarelle palettes.|