Fill Watercolour Pans With Derwent Inktense Blocks, ArtBars, Watercolour Tube Paint, Watercolour/Pigment Stick, Other Wet Media that can be reactivated, Etcetera

If you decide that you're only going to use your various types of paint sticks as paint with a brush, rather than freehand to draw with, then here's some notes on how you can cut them down and put them into watercolour pans. This allows you to create multiple sets from one package of Inktense Blocks, for example, so that you can have a set for home and one for travel. How you cut and fill, though, is up to you. Please note that all of the instructions are based on using full pans, not half pans. Whichever you choose, is up to you.

You will need:

Now, to work:

If there's anything I've left out, please don't hesitate to email me so I can add it to the sheet.

Brands used include:

From left to right: Derwent ArtBar, Derwent Inktense Block, Rembrandt Watercolour (tube), and Daniel Smith Watercolor Stick

UPDATE 2018 11 04

Things I've learned so far.

On the left are gouache, watercolours, and watercolour sticks. On the right are artbars, inktense blocks, inktense paint pans.

UPDATE 2019 02 20

Behold - all of my watercolours and gouache.

I have finally solved the space-saving storage problem in a completely satisfactory manner - with a plastic document holder.

There seems to be enough gap to allow air flow, so no mold/mustiness as you can get with some airtight cases.

You can prop it open with the locking clips to allow paints to dry faster between sessions.

When closed, the lid is plenty far from the tops of full pans - but don't overfill them. And, do not be witless and put your cellphone down on the closed lid, causing it to sag, or you will most assuredly end up with a dollop of M. Graham Turquoise on the inside of the lid. It's a good thing it's plastic. It'll work as a palette too, that lid. Just don't close it over until it's dry.

All pans snug with glue dots.

It will hold 112 full pans.

And yes, I do have a need-to-have-all-the-colours problem, which is not a problem. Some folks think it's not the habit of a "real" artist, but I choose to ignore that limitation and press on with my bad 'abit.

2018 05 31 - 19:42

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