updating my CMYK watercolour dots

A few weeks ago I bought a hand mulled watercolour dot card from Wanderlust Watercolours. I love dot cards because they let me try different paints without investing in an entire half pan (or more).

Wanderlust Watercolour dot card & sample paint swatch on a very messy desk.

Unfortunately I haven’t done much painting or sketching lately. I wanted to find a way to make this sample one I would take out and use … and get back to experimenting. A few weeks ago, I changed what is in my EDC (every day carry) mini palette. That’s helped, but I needed a spark of something completely different. This set fills that need.

I have empty half pans however I wanted something tiny. There are companies that offer slim watercolour palettes, but I wanted something now. So I went to the store and bought an eyeshadow set with the plan to replace the makeup (since I don’t wear it anyway) with my paints. Ok, I only finally bought it this evening but I do think it’ll work out. Let’s take a tour of what I did.

wanderlust watercolour dot card and eyeshadow palette

Ready (Prepare)

First I pried out the makeup. Don’t worry — I’m keeping all but the pinkest shade and experimenting further.

emptied eyeshadow palette

Then I washed it well in warm water. I didn’t bother drying it too much. I tried to pry the inner tray out, but it’s well affixed. You can see that some of the eyeshadow pushed through to the case. That’s ok.

cleaned eyeshadow case ready for pigment transfer.

Set (Transfer)

These paints experienced the same gross humid NYC weather as I have so they weren’t too thrilled about being pulled off the card. I persevered and got everything into its new spot. The two larger spaces are for mixing.

watercolours transferred from the dot card to the new case

Then I wet them down well, this will help them get sticky in their new home. I went a bit overboard with the hansa yellow light, but that’s ok.


New CMYK dot palette

This CMYK collection consists of

  • C – cobalt turquoise light – pb28
  • M – quinacridone magenta – pr122
  • Y – hansa yellow light – py3
  • K – mars black – pbk11

and while it’s currently sold out at Wanderlust Watercolours, please let Kata know if you are seriously interested. While I can’t promise she’ll make more, she might. I highly suggest signing up for her newsletter and following @wanderlustwc on instagram.

Here are some quick scribbles as I didn’t feel like going to get my favourite water brush. I look forward to making a proper chart of these colours tomorrow and getting back to painting and sketching.

CMYK scribbles