DIY Travel Palettes

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  • #95177
     Sandra Strait 
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    I need another travel palette like I need a hole in the head, but I’m constantly on the prowl for tins or plastic boxes that can be used to make another.  My favorite so far was made from a Thayers lozenge tin.   They’re 3.2 x 3.2 inches.

    DIY Travel Palette made from Thayers Lozenge

    • This topic was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by  Sandra Strait.
    #95179
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    My photo doesn’t seem to be showing up in the original post, so I’m trying again.

    #95233
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    Question: In one of my travel palette tins, I painted the inside of the lid with white enamel paint so I could use it for mixing.  It seems to work really well, but I’m wondering if there is anything in the enamel that might eventually damage my brushes or cause problems with the paint.  Anyone know?

    #95240
     Thomas Blanchard 
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    I wouldn’t think so.  Once dry it should be pretty stable.

    #95249
     Kai Ezenami 
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    Like Tomas said, its very stable once dry, I have dozens of custom boxes Ive made over the years. No problems no damage.  Enamel is afterall what manufacturers use in the boxes we buy. I prefer using white car enamel (the spray cans u buy in automotive section for covering up dents and scratches on your car) its a bit more expensive but I found it to be less staining.

    #95250
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    Thank you, Thomas! That’s what I was hoping to hear.

    #95251
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    Thank you Kai! I have a can of enamel that I’ll use up, but I’ve got lots of tins to use it on so I’ll be buying more soon, and this time I’ll use the spray can.

     

    #95254
     Paula Langford 
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    @paula

    If you want it to be really durable, you can bake it in the oven for a couple of hours on a low heat after you’ve painted it. A toothpaste with baking soda or peroxide will clean them up if they start to get stained.

    #95255
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    Thank you, Paula! Both good things to know!

    #95302
     Sandra Gilbert 
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    @sandra-gilbert

    Magic erasers are also useful for getting stains out of palettes.

    #95304
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    Thank you, Sandra!  I use magic erasers to lift color sometimes, but hadn’t thought about using them to clean palettes.

    #95460
     Sandra Gilbert 
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    @sandra-gilbert

    Hold up… you can use magic erasers to lift color? I so have to try that. I wonder if I have a clean one to any with….. Goes off to check.

    #95463
     Thomas Blanchard 
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    @thomas

    Oh yes it works great!  Check out the videos on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=watercolor+Magic+eraser+&spfreload=1    

    #95464
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    Lol! I was going to leave a link for you, but Thomas got there before me.  I find the only problems with using them is in only lifting the area you want, and that they can be harsher on the paper.  The videos give you some ideas on how to avoid either one.

    #95466
     Jennifer McLean 
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    @jennifer-mclean

    yay, fantastic idea Kai. I knew about normal enamel but hadn’t purchased as I didn’t know which kind. Now I can go find car enamel and paint the inside of my boxes (and correct color damage on old ones, lol) Thanks again.

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