I have several large watercolor palettes. The key word here is: large! They actually work fine in the big studio when I am working on a large painting, but they are really impractical for my tiny corner desk where I generally work every day. I also have several tubes of watercolor paint. The brands vary, but most are either Daniel Smith or Winsor & Newton. What I really want is something portable, easy to use, cheap, and that works on my desk when I’m doing micro art.

Instead of showing you art, today, I want to show you something that I use to make it. I’ve been using watercolor a lot lately. I decided, since I’m making tiny pictures, to get a set of Daniel Smith Dots from Amazon. This is a set of small “dots” of every color of Daniel Smith watercolor paints. I wanted to be able to take them with me when I travel or want to work at the local coffee shop for a change of pace.

Not all index cards are made alike! Generally, when we think of index cards, we think of the standard 3-inch by 5-inch cards with lines on them to write on. Maybe, if we cook and record our recipes, we’re familiar with the same thing, only a bit bigger, 4-inch by 6-inches. Most of us have also used the ones that do not have anything on them. They are just plain white.

As I’m sure you’ve seen on various posts, I mostly use Strathmore Bristol Vellum as the paper for my tiles. Note: It’s important to understand that this is not thin, translucent vellum. “Bristol” is bristol board, a form of very thick paper. The word vellum, here, refers to the finish on the paper. The vellum finish has a slight tooth to it. Bristol board also comes in a smooth finish, which is very popular for illustration work.