Create a watercolours palette inside a Traveler’s Notebook Passport Size

As promised some posts ago, today I show you how to use Nicholson’s Peerless Transparent Water Colors to create a passport size insert, at the moment the best way that I know to take your watercolours always with you. If you read the article in which I wrote about these colours, you already know that they are not a compromise on portability despite of quality, since we are talking of vivid colours with pretty concentrated pigments.

Searching on the web, you will find various tutorials helping you create your portable palette with Peerless, some of them with beautiful results; mine is pretty basic since I wanted just a simple refill to insert in my new ZLYC traveler’s notebook passport size and I didn’t have much time to make it, being about to depart for Italy.

This is the material I used:

  • Nicholson’s Peerless Transparent Water Colors Starter Pack
  • ZLYC Traveler’s Notebook Passport size (this is my favourite, the dark green one)
  • Watercolours paper
  • Portable palette sheets
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Brush
  • Calligraphy fountain pen

As first thing, I made a little four pages passport size refill with the watercolour paper: I simply counted the number of colours inside the Peerless’ little book and I thought to insert two of them for page (leaving some space for the colours’ name and a test).

Then I chose a size for my colour insert so it could fit the page but without ending straight away, and I consequently cut the watercolours sheets. I used a stripe of paper and a clip to avoid to misure the watercolour every time, as you can see from the picture.

Then, I glued the strips of colour on the refill’s pages using some tape on their back; it would be better, “cleaner” to use some double-sided tape, but I had none and so I used the normal one.

After cutting and pasting the watercolours, with the brush I took a bit of them and I traced lines of colour under the stripes, so I have always in front the tint I’m going to use. The order of the palette is the one inside Nicholson’s little book.

Pay attention when you handle the watercolours: be sure your hands are dry, put something as a protection for the table and live with it from the beginning, since you will get your fingers dirty and it will take a while to clean them since the pigments are pretty resistant.

Once the watercolours were glued to my album, I prepared the protection sheets: as we said, Nicholson’s watercolours sheets are a concentrate of pigments and the last thing we want is them to scratch one on each other, contaminating the pure colour, or to stuck, in the case they are not completely dry wen we turn the page. This is why it’s better to protect them with sheets between the pages.

On the web I saw that mostly transparent plastic sheets are used for this purpose, with the double pro of protecting and leaving the palette nice to look at. When I prepared mine, I forgot to buy the plastic, so I used some of the portable palette sheets that Stevie uses for his Warhammer painting and I created my protections with them. It’s a pretty decent solution: if the colour is remaining on the palette, you just need a bit of water to use it again.

I fastened the protective sheets between the pages of my insert with some simple tape.

Lastly, I used my awesome “Manuscript” calligraphy fountain pen to write the names of the colours above every watercolour stripe.

This is the final result on Instragram:

Some more information:

You can find the colours here: Nicholoson’s Peerless Transparent Watercolors

You can buy ZLYC traveler’s notebook here: ZLYC Traveler’s Notebook

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