Saturday, July 19, 2008

Homemade Watercolor Sketch Box

Homemade Sketch Box - Interior Detail

I made this sketch box by gluing empty half pans into an empty first aid kit. I used rubber cement, which is non-permanent, so that I can change or rearrange the half pans later if necessary.

The box is an emptied Johnson & Johnson first-aid kit that was purchased at Target for a dollar... When closed, the outside dimensions are 3.5" x 4" (10cm x 11cm).

The eight half pans are filled with artists-quality tube paints, featuring both a warm and a cool of the primaries plus two earth tones as follows:
1. Hansa Yellow Medium (Daniel Smith)
2. New Gamboge (Daniel Smith)
3. Scarlet Lake (Winsor & Newton)
4. Permanent Alizarin Crimson (Holbein)
5. Ultramarine Light (Holbein)
6. Peacock Blue (Holbein)
7. Raw Sienna (Holbein)
8. Burnt Sienna (Daniel Smith)

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Jenny said...

Very clever box and a great selection of colors.

Note: When I add tube colors to half pans, I sometimes use a toothpick to stir them with a bit of water. I like a flatter surface when I re-wet the paints

Steve Penberthy said...

Jenny: Thanks for the comment. Your idea for stirring the paints makes a lot of sense. I'll give that a try. Like you, I also like a flatter surface to the paint.

I must give credit to my friend Cathy (Kate) Johnson, who showed me an example of a similar sketch box that she made. She made hers from a small plastic Sucrets box.