A few days ago I got an exciting package from Art Toolkit with two new pocket palettes. Or rather one pocket palette (the original size) and one of the brand new folio palettes.
The pocket palette I ordered was the sketchers set filled with 12 pans of Greenleaf and Blueberry hand-mulled pigments. I’ve been wanting to try out their paints for a while now and this set contains some colours which I would not normally include. So it will be fun to try something different! (Note: These particular palettes are now sold out)
The Folio palette is significantly bigger and I’m excited to fill it up and start using it. For my style of sketching, I need bigger pans of paint and more mixing areas, so this size looks as if it will work well for me! This page contains my plan for how to fill it with the paints from my usual palette.
I also got out the Demi size palette that I received last year and considered two options. The first was to use it as a mini palette with 12 of my most used colours and the second was to use it as an ‘extras’ palette which I could use in an emergency if I somehow didn’t have my normal palette with me. I’m going with the second option.
Filling up the Folio
It was a little fiddly to fill these pans and you can see that most of the paint shrunk considerably. This always happens but for these smaller pans, it’s more significant. I should probably top them up but I don’t think I could be bothered to do so!
I have two other mixing pans as part of an order from last year, so I have some options! Not sure which configuration will suit me best.
This morning I did a castle sketch during a catch up with Esther Semmens (see previous castle sketches here, here and here) and I used this Folio palette for the first time. It worked great! There was enough mixing area and I especially enjoyed picking up paint from the three large square pans (more surface area than the typical full pan). It will take me a little while to work out how best to use the mixing areas (if you don’t know, I have a very strict mixing area plan for my normal palette – see here) but I’m really looking forward to using this palette more!
Using the Greenleaf and Blueberry Sketchers Set
I have the feeling that I’m going to use these primaries a lot… as well as the Vivianite and Red Ochre. The Green Earth 2 is very weak (eg. it makes Potter’s Pink look like a strong pigment) so I think I’ll be mixing my greens.
I might need to use a smaller brush for this palette so that I only pick up paint from one pan at a time!
And here is the finished sketch. The colours are generally more subdued than I’m used to and a little gritty. But I’m liking them.
And here are a few grey mixes that I did later that day. It’s really fun to have completely different paints to explore!
Have you used an Art Toolkit palette? What size? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.