How I made my customised Water Colour Palette-10


All arranged …in the sequence I chose to…..all set to use:)!


And here we go:)!


Here are the colours in my palette:

  1. Teals ,Aquas and Blues


Ultramarine Turquoise(DS);Cobalt Turquoise(H);Sleeping Beauty Turquoise(DS);Aqua Green(WN);Pthalo Turquoise(DS);Horizon Blue(H));Manganese Blue NovaH);Peacock Blue(H);Pthalo Blue(DS);Cerulean Blue Chromium(DS);Winsor Blue(WN);Paris Blue(DS);Mayan Blue Genuine(DS);Mayan Dark Blue(DS);Indigo (H);Prussian Blue(WN);French Ulramarine(DS); Smalt(WN);Lunar Blue(DS)



Leaf Green(H);GreenGold (DS);Pthalo Yellow Green(DS);Permanent Green(H);Sap Green(S);Olive Green(H);Serpentine(DS);Hooker’s Green(DS);Jadeite Genuine(DS);Green Apatite Genuine(DS);Undersea Green(DS);Chromiumoxide Green(S);Cobalt Green(WN);Cascade Green(WN);Duochrome Oceanic(DS);Fuchshite Genuine(DS);Cobalt Teal(DS);Amazonite(DS);Perylene Green(DS)

3.Yellows and Browns



Winsor Lemon(WN);Bismuth Vandate Yellow(DS);Lemon Yellow(H);Permanent Yellow Deep(H);Permanent Yellow Light(H);New Gamboge (DS);Indian Yellow(DS);Nickel Azo Yellow(DS);Burgundy Yellow Ochre(DS);Isoindoline Yellow(DS);Quinacridone Gold(DS);Yellow Ochre(WN);Raw Sienna(WN);Burnt Sienne(WN);Burgundy Red Ochre(DS);Burnt Umber(H);Goethite(DS);Italian Burnt Since(DS);Sicklerite Genuine(DS)

4.Beiges,Oranges,Reds,Pinks and Purples


Naples Yellow Red(S);Quinacridone Burnt Orange(DS);Brilliant Orange(H);Transparent Pyrrole Orange(DS);Mayan Orange(DS);Pyrrole Scarlet(DS);Quinacridone Red(WN);Quinacridone Coral(DS);Scarlet Lake(H);Permanent Red(H);Sanguine Red(DS);Carmine(DS);Quinacridone Red(H);Naphthamide Maroon(DS);Potter’s Pink(DS);Opera(H);Bright Rose(H);Quinacridone Magenta(H);Brilliant Purple(S)

5.Pinks,Magentas and Violets


Rhodonite Genuine(DS);Permanent Rose(WN);Quinacridone Rose(DS);Quinacridone Pink(DS);Quinacridone Magenta(DS);Bordeaux(DS);Quinacridone Fuchshia(DS);Lilac(H);Bright Violet(H);Mineral Violet(H);Quinacridone Violet(S);Imperial Purple(DS);Winsor Violet(WN);Purpurite Genuine(DS);Cobalt Violet(WN);Rose of Ultramarine(DS);Mars Violet(DS);Moonglow(DS);Amethyst Genuine(DS)

6.Unsual Colours


Sugilite Genuine(D);Violet Shadow(DS);Hematite Genuine(DS);Hematite Violet(DS);Kyanite(DS);Sodalite(DS);Red Fushsite Genuine(DS);Piemonite Genuine(DS);Burnt Bronze Genuine(DS);Brown Iron Oxide(DS);Van Dyck Brown(DS);Graphite Grey(DS);Black Tourmaline(DS);Ivory Black(H);Bloodstone Genuine(DS);Lunar Black (DS);Chromium Black(WN);Payne’s Grey(WN);Neutral Tint(H)


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Once the colours were dry to touch, I pulled out my double sided foam tape and a pair of scissors. I cut out portions of the double sided tape ,just the size to be able to stick one neatly under each filled half pan.


Once all my half pans were “taped”, I began arranging them on my revolving “palette”.



I started at the centre with #1…moved from left to right in each subsequent row..till I had all 19 half pans in each category “stuck” to each identified section of the palette.
















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Once all my half pans, I began pouring colour into each, from the tube. The basic tip is to squeeze the colour in slowly, forcing it into the corners…or nudging it, if you can….and filling it half way into the pan.

I tapped  it gently a few times against stable or any other hard surface, and tapped it on the sides a few times, to release any air bubbles and to help it settle smoothly into the half pan.I let them them to settle for a day or two….or unless they didn’t  stick to my finger tips when i pressed into them ,gently.

I filled each pan to the top this time…tried not to  over do it till i figured out how do it “right”.Then, I let them sit for another day or two.I  noticed a little “depression” in the centre of each colour….I decided to let it be….so when I spritzed water into my pans later, they could hold some water and  soften a little.



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Once the colours were chosen, the next step was to code my empty half pans and fill them with colour from the tubes.

As shared in the previous post, each category had 19 colours and I gave each category a number from 1 to 6…starting with the Teals , Aquas and Blues…the first colour was coded 1/1….and went on till 19/1. Ditto for each category.


I prepped 19 half pans for each category. Using a fine-tipped permanent marker, I wrote the “colour code” on either side ( the shorter side) and the name of the colour on the other two sides.


So , the entire coding for this half-pan is: 1/1; Ultramarine Turquoise, Daniel Smith.

Trust me, this comes handy if you, like me, insist on arranging your colour palette a certain way…and always want to able to know which half pan has which colour, which brand it is, besides knowing where in the sequence of your palette scheme it happens to be placed.



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fullsizeoutput_220Once all my swatches were ready, I sorted them out into the following categories:

1.Teals, Aquas and Blues


3.Yellows and Browns

4.Beiges, Oranges, Reds and Purples

5.Pinks and Violets

6.Unusual Colours

I first made a random pile of all swatches as per each of the identified categories.Then, I picked out the ones that looked brighter and happier, than the others.

I know I had room for 19 colours in each category….so I kept letting go of some, while definitely holding on to some, till I had 19 cards in each lot.

Then, I arranged them in order of intensity, from “light” to “dark”.

Here’s my final compilation, in each category:

  1. Teals, Aquas and Blues




3.Yellows and Browns


4. Beiges, Oranges, Reds, Pinks  and Purples


5. Pinks, Magentas and Violets


6. Unusual Colours


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The great Water-Colours for the Palette Negotiation

I pulled out my stash of water colour tubes.


I also pulled out my bunch of the Arches 300 GSM Cold Press Water Colour paper custom sized art cards that I had cut out ( 2 1/2″x 3 1/2″), besides my broad black Sharpie marker…( courtesy


Painting over a card with a  thick black line drawn across the card with a Black  permanent Sharpie lets you see for yourself whether the water color is transparent, translucent, semi-opaque or opaque…and how it stands against black.IMG_1828

I started with a #8 round water colour brush loaded with colour, and swiped it along the black line( cards 1 and 2)….and I tried doing a two layered wash ( the third card)….and settled for the first way of making my swatch cards.

I pulled out my big, white plastic tray and added a smidge  of every single water color I wanted to explore, before I chose the final set for my “happy colour” custom water colour palette.fullsizeoutput_23f

And I made swatch cards using every such colour.


This is a sampling of all the swatch cards I painted, and punched a hole in the top left corner of each card.

At the base of every card, I wrote down the name of the colour, and the first initial/s of the brand.So, DS=Daniel Smith; S= Schminke; H= Holbein ; WN= Winsor Newton.

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Setting up the base:


The cake decorating stand I chose had a diameter of 8 1/2 ” and had six “sections” so I decided to divide all my colours into six broad groups.

The next thing to do, of course, was to find the best way to arrange my half pans in each section…and i loved the way they looked placed like they are, in the photo above…19 per section.

Take a pic of your choice of arrangement, or leave a set of half pans in that particular arrangement so you have a ready template/point of reference.

Prepping the half pans:

Apparently, it helps to pour water-colours from tubes into pans that have a “scratched” surface ,so the colours holds on to the rough surface in the half pans ,when dry and don’t fall out…..I used my retractable blade to scrape the insides of each half pan I was going to use….6(sections)x19 (half pans)= 3 hours ,or as many days as you like,lol:)!


Use the pair of tweezers to pull out any plastic scrapes/curls/frills from inside each half pan…and wash them clean.Soak them in dish washing liquid for about half an hour, to not just clean out the scraped plastic, but also to clean away any grease or manufacturing residue. Turn them upside to let dry completely.Your paints will bless you for giving them squeaky clean homes:)!