I spend quite a bit of time on Pinterest, partly because it’s a visual medium and thats how my brain works, but also because i suffer from insomnia (like all fibro folks) and I find it relaxing. (Depending on who you follow and what boards, you often come across things that are new to you.)

Because an artist friend had recommended Jane Davenport’s video tutorials I surfed pinterest looking for related links and came across more than one mention of Peerless watercolours. Jane D sells her own mix of colours and there’s the site that originally created them, but apart from the odd eBay seller the only way we Brits can get our hands on them is to order from the US. Import duties can be punishing so after much thought I ordered the small bonus pak of 40 colours from Peerless themselves.

After what felt like a long wait, the parcel arrived.

Peerless watercolors parcel

They came wrapped in old music paper.

Peerless bonus pak

After seeing how various people had used them to create a travel palette, it occurred to me that they would be ideal for my needs. On the rare occasions that I manage to paint I often have to do it whilst sitting in a recliner, so space is limited. I also favour water reservoir brushes because they have a wider barrel/handle and so are easier for me to hold and they also cut down on the number of resources needed.

Peerless watercolours are pieces of card impregnated with concentrated pigment. 

Peerless watercolor information

Click to see high res version if you can’t read the text.

The cards in the bonus pak are 2 inches square.

Peerless 2 inch cards

Some of the effects of the chemical process are little works of art themselves.

Peerless color card

Now to the prep of the travel palette. I had a small tin box that had contained masking stickers. I cut some watercolour paper to fit the tin. Then cut some acetate the same size as the paper.

Small tin

Obviously I decorated the front of the tin.

Paper, acetate and washi tape

Paper, acetate and washi tape.

I lined up a piece of watercolour paper with a piece of acetate and used washi tape to fix them together along one side. Then attached another piece of acetate to the back of the paper along the same edge. The idea being to sandwhich the paper between acetate to eliminate pigment transferance/contamination. Then another piece of paper, and another piece of acetate, until I had a little book of alternating ‘pages’ of paper and acetate. 

Then I cut off a small strip from each of the peerless colour cards, and glued them onto the paper pages of the mini ‘book’.

Travel water color palette

You’ll notice that the final thing I did was to paint next to each strip, from each strip because the colour of the card often gives little idea what the actual colour of the pigment is.

Sketchbook and travel palette 

So far I’ve only used what was left of the pigment on the brush from painting the palette, so I can’t yet report on how they are to use, (one brief page of doodling isn’t enough to form an opinion.) So far so good though…

I wonder how long the strips will last before they run out of pigment, but its not like I’m able to do a massive amount of painting anymore. I am excited to have such a quick and easy way to paint available to me, and I’ll write more when I’ve used them  for a little while.

If you’ve used them and have any tips, I’d love to hear them. Also, if you’ve found this useful please consider sharing and pinning. Thank you.




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