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Left: Schmincke Horadam IAMART Limited Edition Half-pan Tin with 12 Colors. See the post for full details, if you click on the link in this caption you'll go right to Wet Paint's web page for this item.
I like to use a small and compact traveling palette. I always have my tiny kid's palettes (in which I fit 11 colors of either gouache or watercolor) with me. But sometimes I need more paint and for that I have two squarish Schmincke tins that I just love (one for gouache and one for Schmincke pan watercolors. (See a selection of my palettes here.)
I've really beat "the-you-know-what" out of my tins. And once I almost lost one of them. I tried last year to buy a replacement to have on hand, just in case I lost one. The tins were no longer available.
Well, that's no longer the case. For a limited time you can get this half-pan tin, with 12 Schmincke Horadam Pans at Wet Paint. I'm not overly fond of the 12 colors of paint that were selected for inclusion, but that's always the case with any set. At this price the tin is worth it ($59.95).
I happened to be in the store earlier this week when the shipment arrived and they brought a tin over for me to check out. I went on quite a rant about the colors (everyone laughing and laughing—they know I'm not dangerous), but of course I caved and bought one. I need the darn can.
I wasn't going to post about this palette box until next week. I had hoped to test out the colors a bit first: lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, cadmium red light, permanent carmine, ultramarine finest, Prussian blue, phthalo green, permanent green olive, yellow ochre, English Ventian red, sepia brown, and ivory black.
However, I decided to post today because already two friends have told me they have purchased a set and Wet Paint is heavily promoting them on Facebook with words like "limited" and "while supplies last." I don't know how large a supply they have, but I would hate for them to evaporate before I write a post about the can. So if you're on the fence you might want to jump down and get one of these—even if you later purchase additional pans and switch out a lot of the colors. (Which I've already done. See the note below.*)
The great thing about this can is that you can fit another row of 6 half pans in without even trying. And if you have the ability to or are friends with someone who can cut through metal, you can trim the inner metal plate on which the pan holders are attached so that the top row slides over, allowing you to wedge in 6 additional colors held in place by the tension of the last row and the edge of the box. Then you can get 27 half pans in your box (which is what I do for my gouache palette visible at the top of this photo—3 rows of 7 and one row of 6 half-pans).
Speaking of gouache, you can of course buy EMPTY HALF-PANS and insert them in the extra space and use your favorite tube paint or tube gouache (if it rewets well; see my two part post on tubes vs. pans starting here). Then you can continue to use some of your favorite tube paints right along with your new favorite Schmincke paints! Wet Paint sells the empty half-pans too.
At first I was a little annoyed at the fancy photo of half-pans on the top of the tin. Now that I've stopped ranting and hyperventilating I'm actually happy about the decoration. I can tell my palettes apart at a glance.
At any rate, if you are looking for a hearty 5 x 3-7/8 inch metal palette (closed) for pans now you know where you can get this handy little palette. (There's a thumbring on the bottom of the box to aid in holding it while you work.)
(Usual Disclaimer: I am not connected to Wet Paint in a fiscal fashion and have nothing to gain if you purchase one of these. I also have no knowledge of how limited the supplies are and whether we'll ever see these tins again, or see them return at a later day—change in art supplies, as in life, is constant.)
*While I have already purchased new colors to customize my box, I don't recommend you do this. In fact I think it might actually make you a better person to just use the colors the box comes with for a bit and see how you like them.
But I don't have time to become a better person and I love Schmincke's pan watercolors. I also know someone is sure to ask, so yes, I removed some of the colors that came with the set. Then I purchased additional colors. My box now contains the following: lemon yellow, translucent yellow, yellow ochre, translucent orange, permanent red, permanent carmine, English red, translucent brown (I've been looking for an excuse to try out this color), quin violet, indigo (have to have my PB60), ultramarine finest, cobalt turquoise, permanent green, permanent olive green. I'll also put in a zinc white or titanium white pan from my other box depending on what I feel like using on the day.
My changes are predicated on the fact that I don't care for the cadmium colors, I love translucent orange, and I can't live without Indigo, cobalt turquoise, or quin violet. But that's just me. After you've used your box for a bit you can fill your extra row with colors you can't live without.