Make your own cool little watercolor paintbox for traveling.
You can make your own cool little delightful travel paintbox using any small empty tin. This is pure upcycling, which I love. This little tin box takes up no space in my bag. I love having my painting materials with me so that when the opportunity arises or the inspiration hits me, I am ready.
I have made some personalized box for my paints. In this blog, I will show how I did two of them. It and it’s easy! I made two videos to show you how I did it.
When I’m traveling I love to go to flea markets and buy antique stuff. Who doesn’t?
These old things always make me wonder about what stories they could tell. Who bought it when it was new? Where has it been hiding all these years? In one market in France, I found some wonderful vintage cigarette tins that I had to turn into travel paint boxes.
I love that it is so much more personal and is so much more me.
Here is my collection of beautiful tin boxes.
What you need
- A metal tin
- Tubes of watercolors
- One pack of white polymer clay like FIMO
- Transparent varnish
- A tube of lip balm (you’ll see why)
How to make it
- First, wash the box. If it is antique You don’t want the lovely old paint to disappear. You have to be careful and take to take slow with just warm water, a soft cloth, and very mild soap.
- If your tin is old or it can rust you will want to varnish the whole box. Give it a good layer so that the tin is protected from the air and water.
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If you are making rectangular spaces for the paint then do it like this
- Put the clay in the bottom of the tin and then around the edges.
- To make the dividers, roll some strips of polymer clay, then press them flat and make them as long as your tin.
- Smoosh them so they are flattened along both long sides.
- Make the “well” as big as you like. I measure them with my watercolor half pan from my mass product travel box.
- Follow the manufacturer’s directions and bake the clay inside of the tin. After this cools, you can fill the wells with paint.
- Then tap the box carefully, like with your hand. This is to flatten the paint into the wells.
- Allow this to dry for some days.
- The exact time is depending on the color and the brand.
- You can spray paint or just paint the inside of the lid with white paint for metal. This makes it easier to use as a palette for mixing colors. But I don’t do it if I have an old beautiful box, especially because it often has text there.
For the box that has round hols, you need a lip balm
- You first fill the container with clay and smoosh it level with the top of the box.
- Then you need a lip balm or something like a glue stick to use as a mini cookie cutter to cut out small round holes for the paint.
- When it is done bake it to harden the clay
- And fill it with paints from tubes like before.
This is so unique and it has exactly the favorite colors that I always use.
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