Make Your Own Pocket Watercolour Paintbox

19 Aug

box 4

I did a blog recently about a little watercolour paintbox I made from an old tin. Lots of people were interested so I thought I’d put up instructions for it. I do a few hours teaching each week for a charity working with homeless people and I did this with the people in our watercolour group, so they each have their own kit.

You’ll need:

  • A small rectangular hinged tin – I used a vintage ink stamp tin
  • A watercolour brush
  • A junior hacksaw
  • Sandpaper
  • DAS self-hardening clay
  • An Inhaler or large round-bottomed pen
  • A plastic lid from a margarine tub, or similar
  • Blu Tack
  • White acrylic paint
  • A hog hair brush or similar
  • Some reasonable quality tubes of watercolour paint

 

  1. Clean and dry the tin
  2. Cut a watercolour brush to size with a junior hacksaw
  3. Sand off the cut top with sand paper
  4. Press self-hardening clay evenly into the deeper (bottom) side, smoothing it up the sides a bit to seal it.
  5. Make a channel with the cut brush in the centre of the clay.

box 1

6. Press six dips with the bottom of a pen, such as a Sharpie or an Inhaler. The dips should not go to the bottom.

box 2

7. Leave the clay to dry – it might take a few days

8. Cut the white plastic to fit the lid and press it in. A smidgen of blue tack or similar might be needed.

9. If you’ve used coloured clay, give it two coats of white acrylic paint, leaving it to dry between coats.

box 3

10. Blob some good quality watercolours into the dips – one each of red, yellow and blue; purple, orange and green and leave them to dry before you carry the tin around. Pop the brush in and off you go.

box 5

Have a great time with it …..

4 Responses to “Make Your Own Pocket Watercolour Paintbox”

  1. sheldonk2014 August 22, 2019 at 12:37 #

    Very kewl

  2. Emma Cownie August 20, 2019 at 09:29 #

    This is a brilliant idea. I had no idea that you could “reliquidate” watercolour paint from a tube like this.

    • Rosie Scribblah August 20, 2019 at 09:36 #

      Oh yes, as long as it’s a reasonably good make. The cheaper ones have chalk added and once they’re dry, that’s it. I never wash my watercolour palettes as that’s good paint down the drain 😀

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