As some of you know, I’ve been using the Stephen Quiller palette, with paint wells arranged in a circle (like the color wheel), to hold my watercolor pigments. The Quiller palette is large (14” in diameter) with 32 wells to hold paint. I’ve found that organizing paint in a circle helps to think about color relationships and to more easily choose colors for mixing. I can SEE how each color might behave when mixed with other colors, taking a lot of guesswork out of color mixing. I love the Quiller palette!
Here’s my Quiller palette.
But, I recently heard about another selection of circular palettes produced by Robax Engineering. (See https://www.robax.com/palettes.html.) There are several wonderful variations/sizes of Robax palettes to choose from. Some are ideal for studio work, others would be perfect to use for outdoor painting or to take to a workshop.
Robax has created six different sizes of ROUND palettes that allow you to set up your paints in a way similar to the color arrangement in the color wheel. Sizes range from 12” to 18” in diameter, some with SMALL WELLS, others with LARGE WELLS for paint. The number of paint wells ranges from 12 to 85! Yes, room for 85 colors!!! All of these palettes come with a tight-fitting lid.
Robax Circular palettes.
In addition, Robax offers each palette with a removable MIXING INSERT for easy cleaning. For artists who work on more than one picture at a time, mixing area inserts can be removed and kept with the unfinished paintings. Also useful is that the mixing inserts can be washed clean without disturbing the paints in the palette. You can purchase ADDITIONAL round mixing inserts to switch in or out of your palette, as needed. I’m really excited about this option – When each of my three watercolor classes is painting a different image, I will be able to easily grab the appropriate mixing insert of paint I have mixed previously and saved for later use. No more piles of smaller, tipping mixing palettes for me!
Robax mixing insert.
Optional is a CAROUSEL that fits the round 12, 19, 36, 42, 64, or the 85-well palette, and allows the palette to spin.
Robax conveniently makes WELL LINERS that hold pigment and that fit perfectly into their palettes. This would allow you to easily move colors around (or change or add a new color) by snapping the liners out and rearranging.
Robax well liners, sized to fit 85-well palette. Other sizes available.
If you prefer, Robax also offers a variety of unusual RECTANGULAR palettes, with 12 to 58 wells to fill with color. Different inserts are available for the rectangular palettes in different configurations. All include covers. Design and order what works for you!
One of Robax’s rectangular palettes, with some insert options.
Finally, Robax offers several types/sizes of PALETTE BOARDS – one has wells for pigments, another includes a small, low wooden stand to slant the board, or you may choose the basic ABS plastic board.
One of Robax’s palette boards.
Check out the innovative circular (or rectangular) Robax palettes to see if they can add ease and convenience to your painting! Let me know what you think of them.
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