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Mixing a dreamy paint palette

Loading it with color and maximizing the fun
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corgi illustration by Beth Spencer
This is my friend’s dog, Pebbles.

I wouldn’t call myself a master painter, but I know how to have a good time with paint and a brush. My sweetheart gave me an Art Toolkit palette as a gift. I filled it with paint and took it out for a spin in the video.

Keeping painting practice fun and loose

  • Don’t make it an ordeal. I keep a loaded palette on my couchside table, along with other random things art supplies I love.

  • Do it every day, but not in an art-challenge type of way where you need to post something to Instagram. Just do it for yourself! Secretly, if that’s what you need.

  • Experiment! Explore! You’ll learn more from mixing colors without a plan than creating a masterpiece.

paint color swatches
I love a fast and loose swatch page!

This video covers:

  • preventing dried-up crusty, crumbly, cracked gouache

  • choosing paint colors, placement, and palette size

  • not wasting a single drop of paint so you can use materials freely

  • I share my work from an outing with my newly-mixed palette

More things I painted with my tiny Art Toolkit palette

sketchbook paintings of lions, crocodile, and a still life by Beth Spencersketchbook paintings of lions, crocodile, and a still life by Beth Spencer
sketchbook paintings of lions, crocodile, and a still life by Beth Spencersketchbook paintings of lions, crocodile, and a still life by Beth Spencer
Painted from the zoo, comfort of my couch, and inlaws' house

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I love trying new art supplies! This is where I share what I'm using and how it plays with other materials on paper. Sometimes, I share the digital editing process, too!
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Beth Spencer