This is my very messy palette - all full of paint from several paintings. I never wipe it clean, I just keep using the paint that is there. Since I quite often am using the same group of colors, I don't have a problem doing that. The only problem is... what exactly is that color????
When it comes time to refill an empty spot it is really hard to know exactly which color I put in there the first time. Admittedly, I love to try new colors or new brands, so sometimes the same - or very similar - color will be in two wells right next to each other.
Watercolor paint has different levels of transparency and opacity as well as different qualities from brand to brand. I came up with this way to give myself all of the information I need to know what brand, color, and transparency each color has.
I have created a small watercolor notebook that is devoted to information and color charts about the paint that I use. I use a black sharpie to write the name and brand of the paint on the paper in a chart that I have made. The chart is like a map of my palette where each color will be painted in the same location as it appears on my palette. After I have done that, I paint a good sized area that goes over the chart and covers the words of the color.
Now I can see at a glance what brand, color, how transparent, and whether I am comparing it to a previous color that I have used.
Well, I hope you enjoyed that little tour of my palette. I will be starting a painting soon and I will share more of my painting process during the creation of my next piece of art. So, as they say, "stay tuned"!
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