This is my favorite watercolor palette, customized with all the paints I use both in my studio and in the field.
- lightweight folding plastic palette with 24 wells, 5 large mixing areas, 2 smaller mixing areas, extendable mixing platform, and thumb hole. Weighs just 7oz!
- 32 colors*, 16 full pans, 16 half pans, plus white gouache, all filled by hand.
- Hand-painted color key taped to the front of the palette.
- NOTE: The color mixing chart shown on this page is for information only and is not included. You can download the image and print it for reference if you like.
I use two identical palettes, one for my studio and one for my field sketching kit. That way I know the palette and where to reach for what colors and my field kit is always ready to go. If you’d like to make this palette on your own, see these step-by-step instructions in this blog post: Customizing the Holbein Palette.
Experienced nature journaler Marley Peifer recently posted a detailed review of this palette.
*Nearly all of the paints in my palette are by Daniel Smith, a Seattle-based company I admire and respect because of the high quality of its paints, the methods by which they are made, and its positive work environment for its employees. Colors include: Neutral Tint, Payne’s Gray, Black Tourmaline, Shadow Violet, Bloodstone Genuine, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Italian Burnt Sienna, Monte Amiata Natural Sienna, Buff Titanium, Phthalo Yellow Green, Rich Green Gold, Serpentine Genuine, Hooker’s Green, Undersea Green, Chromium Oxide, Perylene Green, Indanthrone Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue (Green Shade), Manganese Blue Hue, Cobalt Blue, Winsor Violet, Napthamide Maroon, Quinacridone Pink, Pyrrol Red, Permanent Orange, Quinacridone Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, New Gamboge, Hansa yellow Medium, Hansa yellow Light and Permanent White Gouache. Here is a description of the individual paints in my palette and why I choose them.
NOTE: Prop 65 Warning: One or more of the paints in this palette contain one or more ingredients known in the state of California to cause cancer, reproductive harm or birth defects. For more information see www.p65warnings.ca.gov, and Daniel Smith MSDS.