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The pan holder base that is removeable from the box. Notice that there is more space from the edge of one of the holders to the edge of the base than on the left. By sawing off the edge on the left I increased the distance on the right, allowing me to friction fit additional pans in that channel when the base was positioned in the box. The pans were held between the edge of the metal strip and the box edge on the left (when the base was in place). Because of the rounded corners in the box this allowed 5 additional pans to fit. So three rows of seven half pans and one row of five half pans mean I could fit 26 half pans into this box.

Fitting More Pans in a Square Metal Palette from Schmincke

This enlargement of the holding capacity of the Schmincke metal palette box, will work with other palette boxes using the metal strip-holding-bar visible in the second photo. As the Minnesota State Fair approaches of course I’ve been testing pigments and making choices on what gear I’ll be taking to the Fair for sketching. Today I’m […]


Minnesota State Fair Prep—Part 4: “Travel” Essentials for Sketchers



Above: This photo from a talk I gave about sketching at the Minnesota State Fair, shows MORE stuff than what you'll actually need. Read below for the break down. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

This is part four of the Minnesota State Fair Prep Series, started August 12, 2009.

What you carry with you when you go to the Minnesota State Fair can either help or hinder your fun. The goal is to travel as light as possible. Since I go primarily to sketch animals I have sketching tools and paper to deal with (more on these items in a minute). But there are other essentials that will ensure you have a good trip to the Fair.


Aqua Brique from Cretacolor

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