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Intro and questions! (Watercolor palette) [message #49010] Sun, 27 May 2012 21:53 UTC Go to previous message
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Hi, all

I'm impressed with how large and active these forums seem to be, and also how overwhelming! Where to look?

So, at the risk of violating some guidelines I haven't stumbled on, I'll bundle some noob questions in with my intro:

I'm a watercolor painter and really enjoy perfecting and customizing my tools, finding tools from outside the craft (like my favorite dental scrapers that have all sorts of useful applications around paint tubes and dried paint), and trying weird stuff...which is what brings me here. I love the idea of designing my own perfect palettes for arranging and mixing paint. I've bought dozens and none seem quite what I'd like. SO... I'm thinking, cool, maybe I could design my own here and get it in either plastic or white porcelain, wow!!

OK, but I'm also not rich, so what I'm imagining would be some way of making sure I can stay under some set budget as I play around with shapes, making prototypes knowing that so long as I do blank, blank, and blank, I can try my new idea out and know I can afford to print!

The basic shape I'd want to start working within would be a 5 or 6- to 9-in. circular or rounded rectangle plate or saucer with multiple shallow depressions and/or ridged divisions for holding and mixing paint. The shape and arrangement of these are where the experimentation would be; the overall shape and the base should be able to be pretty much fixed, based on both economy and printing requirements.

So, any and all tips about where to start, if there are any price-point quantum leaps that would help me stay under budget, or existing projects that would be good models to emulate, anything really, very much appreciated!!

Btw, if this idea of mine proves good, I think there might be a market amongst other painters for custom palettes; interesting to explore!

TIA, and happy Mem. Day, US'ers...

David Coffin

[Updated on: Sun, 27 May 2012 21:55 UTC]

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