Like many of you, I’m going to be doing a lot of traveling over the next few months to spend time with family and friends. When I’m away from home for extended periods of time, I still like to have a creative outlet. Peerless Watercolors are the perfect solution for coloring on the go. I know there have been several creative Peerless palette ideas offered by various designers since these watercolors became popular again several months ago, but I wanted to show you how I pack up my whole system to travel in one small binder in case you find this method works for you too. At the end of this post, you’ll find a link to download the printable template I use as well.
There are three pages total that include a space for the 55 most common colors (Complete Edition Set plus the Bonus Pack) and five blank spaces if you also have the “Jane Davenport Portrait Set” (I do not). I tried to list the colors in what I considered ROYGBIV order, but after painting the swatches I realized there are a few that may be out of order…but it’s pretty close! I printed each page of the pdf onto some of the GP 110# cardstock (“Walmart cardstock”) to start.
After printing, I used my Faber-Castell Deluxe Waterbrush to scribble a thin swatch of each color right above the name in each box. I tried to keep the colors “full strength” on the right side, and diluted them with more and more water as I scribbled to the left so that I could see the full range of colors available from that particular color sheet. I then set them aside to dry.
Once dry, I laminated each sheet using self-adhesive laminating sheets from Avery. You could just as easily use a laminator if you have one, but I love how versatile these sheets are. You simply peel and stick the plastic to both sides of a sheet of paper, press the edges together really well, and trim off any excess.
Here is a completed page from my travel palette. I cut a 1″ x 1″ square from each color sheet and attached it to the laminated page with a little adhesive from my ATG gun. When the color sheet no longer has any pigment left on it, I can peel it off easily (because it’s laminated) and add a new one. I also laminated the pages for a couple of other reasons:
- I can mix colors directly on the page if needed and wipe them clean when finished.
- It protects the swatches underneath from getting contaminated with other colors.
- It protects the page above if some of the color sheets are still wet when I flip the page.
Once the pages were complete, I punched holes in them and placed them in a skinny binder with just my waterbrush and several pages of watercolor paper. Now I can carry an entire coloring system with me on my travels in the amount of space that one magazine takes up in my tote. I would love to bring hundreds of alcohol markers with me to color stamped images while I’m gone, but this is just a much more practical solution for me. And if I’m flying, I can keep this right in my carry-on and not worry about TSA confiscation too (as long as my brush is empty). This is another reason I love the Faber Castell Deluxe Waterbrush…it works like a syringe to take up water. So, if I’m sitting on a plane with my watercolors, I can easily fill my brush up to start working.
If you’re a Peerless fan, I hope you find these ideas helpful! Please click below to download the free templates:
Free cut files and printables are meant to be enjoyed, but never sold or redistributed as your own (for personal use only please).
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