Well, one of the most important decisions regarding my big upcoming trip has been made today:
I have locked in the selection of paints in my watercolour palette. Yay!
The amazing thing is that it’s exactly what I was using this time last year and what is currently listed in my watercolour section – by the way there are lots of other interesting articles there if you have time to follow the link!
Since my Norfolk Island trip last October, I have been playing with a few colours but I have gone back to my previous standard selection. The funny thing is that I have been recently debating Buff Titanium vs Naples Yellow, and only just realised that in my standard palette I have both. But just for the record, I am taking a spare half pan of Perylene Green and might swap it with that Buff… but we will see!
I am really happy with this palette.
So now I am about to start the
tedious relaxing job of filling up my pans. I normally treat myself to brand new pans for an overseas trip, but this year I am thinking that I will just clean up and top up. More about the process in this article from last year (that photo is from last year too). This is a task I normally do about three weeks out from my departure date, so I am pretty close to schedule.
The biggest challenge however was guessing how many extra pans to make up. I have been a little remiss in recent years recording what extra pans I take (colour and number) and then what I end up with back home. So this year I am at least doing the first step!
The numbers on the side of this page look extreme but
1. I sketch a lot.
2. I have a big trip!
How big? Drum roll please… this trip is almost 8 weeks long! Wow! The ease of preparing a few extra pans now makes it so much simpler when I am travelling and they hardly take up any extra weight or space.
So okay, here is the listing:
Note 1: DS = Daniel Smith, WN = Winsor Newton, SCH = Schmincke
Note 2: I am listing them as I think of them from right to left (as I am a leftie) so please excuse that this list doesn’t relate to the way you are probably read the above image!
DS Hansa Yellow Medium – PY97
DS Transparent Pyrrol Orange – PO71
SCH Translucent Orange – PO71
WN Potters Pink – PR233
DS Quinacridone Rose – PV19
DS Ultramarine Blue (not French!) – PB29
DS Cerulean Blue Chromium – PB36
DS Indanthrone Blue -PB60
WN Cobalt Turquoise Light – PG50
DS Buff Titanium – PW6
WN Naples Yellow – PW6 PBr24
DS Quinacridone Gold – PO49
DS Sap Green – PO48 PG7 PY150
DS Monte Amiata Natural Sienna – PBr7
DS Transparent Red Oxide – PR101
DS Van Dyke Brown – PBr7
Steels Grey III (a pre mix of WN Cobalt Deep Blue with a little DS Quin Burnt Orange and a touch of DS Quin Rose)
It’s very cool that I have just updated the image of my current palette in my sidebar! Ah, I am enjoying my new blog a lot and have been hanging out to make the most of that feature.
Other articles to check out:
My watercolour section – with lots of things to consider when choosing your colours
Recommended minimum palette of 6 colours
A basic 12 colour palette
Putting together my palette for a big trip
Ok, questions or comments… please fire away!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: A few changes August 2016