The Portable Painter in Action – a Hands Free Watercolor Kit

What is the Portable Painter?

The Portable Painter is known as “a hands-free watercolor palette” that is marketed towards plein air painters. When assembled, the water containers act as the “legs” of the whole setup. It folds down to about the size of a smart phone. It comes with 12 empty half pans to fill with your favorite colors, as well as a small double-ended watercolor brush.

The portable painter in use outside

The genius design means you can place the whole unit on top of your leg while painting, and it is secured by the two side parts (the black water containers).

It has various sized mixing areas, but I found that I only really use the three larger ones (shown in the image above).

Pros of the Portable Painter

  • Very lightweight
  • Very compact when folded
  • Hands-free design when assembled
  • Feels very sturdy (not like thin cheap plastic)
  • Water containers are built into the unit
  • Amazing customer service and pride in their product

Cons of the Portable Painter

  • If you need a lot of mixing space, you might struggle with this
  • The water containers slide on, and when I received mine, one of them was very loose. However I contacted the company and they offered a free replacement. So it’s hard to classify this as a con, it’s mainly because of the inconvenience. I very much appreciate their customer service though.
  • I think they should completely remove the included brush and brush slot in favor of more mixing space.
Portable painter in use balanced on leg

When choosing watercolors for painting outside, I typically try to select an equal amount of cool colors and warm colors. I lean towards earthy colors.

What’s in my palette?

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I'm an independent artist living in Scotland. Always chasing the light, and painting the beautiful highlands.

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