Handmade Travel Watercolor Set

I have a friend who is a real, honest to goodness artist.  On occasion, she will paint on the spot, so I thought I’d make her a set of watercolors she could just drop in her purse and have with her all the time, for when the notion strikes.

I started out with a tin, not the usual Altoid tin, this was one that was for another “purpose”.


I put a little gesso in the surface to give it a little “tooth”, then I decided I’d use enamel.  It would not have been necessary, but I kind of do things on the fly.


I found a little pallet from an art store that fit into the tin.


I gathered some paints I would pour over the top.  As you can see, I used enamel paint that is used on models cars.


I used some metal sheet and embossed it with an embossing folder and my Cuttlebug.


I poured paint over the top of the tin and let it mingle as it wanted to.  If it didn’t want to, I helped it with a toothpick.


While the paint was still wet, I pressed the embossed metal piece into it.  After it was dry, I used DG3 to adhere some glass beads around the perimeter of the metal so that there wasn’t a distinct line.


I cut a piece acetate to fit the lid so it could serve as a cover for the paints.


I had a leftover piece of plastic that had reservoirs in it, so I stuck some magnet strips onto it so this could serve as a place to mix the colors and it could hold water.  I cut off a regular paintbrush so that it would fit into the front of the tin.

Now she’s ready at a moments notice to paint on the go.  Do you like to create while you’re traveling or do you save things and do it when you get home to your supplies?

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  1. Gayle Mitchell says:

    Vee, this is totally amazing!!! You are so very talented in soooooo many ways…Much love to you!


  2. Thank you Gayle! I think you give me too much credit…but I do appreciate the compliment.
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