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Micro Palette closed and open with paints in use - Portable Painter


Artists sometimes enjoy using a more limited range of colors as a way to better understand color mixing and to help create a more harmonious look in their finished paintings. It’s referred to as a “Limited Palette;” often six colors or less and can be very compact. However, tiny palettes typically lack usable mixing space. This is unfortunate, since a limited palette often requires pigments to be mixed frequently to create a good range of colors and shades. Despite its tiny size, the Micro finally solves this problem; It was designed to provide maximum deep mixing surfaces when it’s fully open.  The Portable Painter Micro is actually smaller than a credit card, just one-inch thick and astonishingly, only 1.5oz/43gm. Yet it transforms in seconds to a complete, professional watercolor palette; with plenty of deep mixing wells, a convertible water container and six, standard-size half-pans ready for your favorite colors. It includes a sturdy, T-shaped finger grip on the base and a handy lanyard hole. It fits effortlessly in a pocket, purse or daypack so it’s perfect for travel, urban sketching and plein air painting. Its tiny size and feather-weight, make it ideal for artists who enjoy the outdoors and who value the ultimate in compact size and uncompromising usability. It’s a perfect companion for ultra-light hiking, camping and biking; always there, whenever or wherever you find yourself. It can be securely attached to your journal or sketchpad with a simple bulldog clip. This allows both to be held comfortably in one hand, while freeing your other hand to paint or draw. Enjoy rugged, quality construction, and versatile design, for left or right hand use.

What's Included

Micro Palette open and closed illustration - Portable Painter


  • Smaller Than a Credit Card

  • Feather-weight (1.5 oz / 43gm)

  • A Pocket Size Professional Palette

  • Attaches Easily to a Journal with a Bulldog Clip

  • Six Standard Half-Pans

  • Convertible Water Container

  • Plenty of Deep Mixing Wells

  • T-Shaped Finger Grip

  • Handy Lanyard Hole

  • Microfiber Suede Drawstring Pouch



NEW Micro Expansion Pans are Now Available

Micro with Expansion Pans holding up to 16 colors - Portable Painter
Micro Expansion Pans with leaflet - Portable Painter

Carry from Six to Sixteen Colors with no increase in size or weight

The Portable Painter Micro is a professional quality “limited palette,” with six standard half-pans. However if you prefer to carry a wider range of colors, our Expansion Pans can deliver! There are two types: Dual and Quad cavity that each hold a genuinely useful amount of watercolor pigments. They are available as a stand-alone accessory or as part of the new Micro Max Kit. They can be secured in the palette with reusable adhesive disks (included.)

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