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Etchr Mini Palette (review)

First of all, big thanks to Etchr Lab for sending over a free palette for this review. Etchr Lab is an Australian company and is the same company that makes the artist carry bags and has recently gone into making and selling sketchbooks as well.

The idea for creating such a mini palette actually came from artist Stephanie Law. She wanted to create a small portable palette that can hold plenty of colours. In order to put her palettes into production, she created a Kickstarter campaign for it and it was successfully funded in April 2019. Subsequently, Etchr Lab probably got the rights to make and sell the palettes, hence that's why you see this product being called the Etchr Mini Palette.

The two porcelain palettes are housed inside this circular tin box. I've had other tin boxes like this and it's definitely going to rust in the future.

The palettes were carefully packed. Inside there were pieces of cloth to cushion the palettes.

There are two palettes. The one with 37 wells is for storing paint. The other with 7 wells is for mixing. They are stackable.

Right in the centre, there's one well. The first circle has 6 wells, second has 12 wells and the outermost circle has 18 wells. There's also a piece of circular watercolour paper with lines printed on it so that you can paint the swatches for colours you add to the palette. You'll probably want to swatch out the colours because 37 colours can be difficult to remember.

The wells are small so this palette is not suitable for use with large brushes, and hence not suitable for use when painting large paintings.

The maximum brush size I would use with this palette is probably a size 6. For the sketchbook, I won't use anything large than A5. Well, you can use larger pieces of paper, it would just take longer to paint. It really depends on your style and your art.

Porcelain is great for mixing colours. Water and mixtures pool together easily on porcelain surfaces. And these are easier to clean compared to plastic which stains easily.

The palettes are small, almost palm size. They are compact enough to be portable but since it's porcelain, it's heavier compared to typical plastic or metal palettes.

I really enjoyed using the palettes with watercolour. They work very well as expected. I do wish the storage wells were bigger so that they can fit more paint so that you can use larger brushes. Maybe they should create a variation with 19 wells in addition to this 37-well palette.

The official price for the Etchr Mini Palette is AUS $72 which is around US $50, £39. That price includes free international shipping from Etchr Lab.

The Etchr Mini Palette is also available on other web stores. On Jackson's Art UK, it's £32 not including shipping.

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