When you need a palette that fits in your pocket, look to the Tirra Lirra Mini Watercolour Palette! This listing is for a mini paint palette measuring 3 5/8" x 2 1/4" x 1/4" on the outside. There are fourteen small pans measuring 27 mm x 13 mm. These cling to a magnet, so colours can be reorganized or even replaced with a different pan quite easily.
The outer is brass and the inner pans are tin-plated steel. These small pans -will- rust if left immersed in water, so they must be kept dry and clean after use.
One day, as I was trying to figure out a palette for my own watercolour travels, I measured lots of random containers around the house--- Altoid tins, Lancome eyeshadow palettes, business card holders--- and some of the tin make-up pans seemed just right to fit into the latter two. I went online to look for what might fit inside and happened to find a pan measuring 13 mm on one side. Well, the business card holder had measured 91 mm, and everyone knows that 91 is a multiple of 13! That seemed perfect, and so this idea started. I had to make a few tweaks to the basic designs and get the outers custom-made so that I could assemble it as it ought to be, and now here they are for all of you, too! (Right now, in development, is a plastic pan with similar functionality and paint capacity... but without the rust risk!)
Thank you for looking!
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Shipping & policies
Domestic shipping is typically done via USPS First Class Mail. It may be boxed or in a poly mailer depending on how heavy or delicate the item is. A single palette is typically mailed in a poly mailer.
An international package is typically in a box put into a poly mailer but may be in a poly mailer alone. You are responsible for any customs fees.
I will refund any shipping difference over a dollar when shipping multiple items in the same package.
Tirra Lyra charges sales tax for items shipped to New Jersey.
Etsy charges sales tax for items shipped to Washington and Pennsylvania at this time. (2018-03-27)
Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- Perishable products (like food or flowers)
- Digital downloads
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
I do expect any questions and concerns to be asked or mentioned before purchase. However, if you feel that an item is not as represented, please contact me so that we can try to solve the problem.
Approximate Sizes of the Pans:
Small Rectangular Pans: 27 mm x 13 mm x 3.5 mm
Medium Square Pans: 26 mm x 26 mm x 3.5 mm
Large Rectangular Pans: 54 mm x 26 mm x 3.5 mm
Extra Large Square Pans: 54 mm x 54 mm x 5 mm
Regarding "as-is" listings: "As-is" items are sold as they are. Pre-filled palettes sold as-is may have the paint shrink further as it continues to dry. This means the paint may end up looking like less than it was, though the pigment is still the same amount. I sometimes add more paint on top when this happens; this means that the particular pan will not be precisely as-is, but you do get more pigment!
Notes on the Brass Palettes with Tin-Plated Pans:
---General remark: Do NOT let your palette or the pans stay damp for very long periods. For now, I am going to assume that overly humid climates are not good for these tin-plated pans.
---When filling pans: If your tube paint has separated slightly, it is best to get the liquid part that has no colour out before filling the pans. In my experience, at least with Holbein paints, this clear liquid (the gum arabic) can stay damp for a few months sometimes... and then the pan begins to rust or oxidize.
---When filling pans: I have found that putting the pans to dry with a moisture absorbing bag, like the sort added to food and handbags, seems to help reduce the probability of rust.
---Regarding alternate pans: I have not yet found a very good alternative that is pretty, magnetic, and does not stain, so that is still in progress. Right now, the only alternative to 'tin-plated pan' is 'enameled pan', which has the benefit of a white surface. The 'enameled pan' is a 'tin-plated pan' with an enameled interior. I offer enameled pans at an additional $0.15 per pan. Unfortunately, in my tests, they do stain. On the other hand, my plastic palettes stain, too.
---Any slow-drying paint must go in enameled pans for custom fills. As far as I can tell, some Daniel Smith and Sennelier and ALL M. Graham paint dry VERY slowly. The longer period of exposure to higher water content leads to a higher likelihood of oxidation on the pans's edges/rims that I can wipe off but which looks unattractive and I risk wiping it into the still drying paint.
Regarding paint information:
Different brands formulate the same name colour differently. In my listings:
SN = Sennelier
HB = Holbein
DS = Daniel Smith
MG = M. Graham
Paint numbers allow you to identify the particular paint formulation in the brand.
Paint names serve the same purpose as paint numbers, but they are easier to remember.
Paint series is about the cost of the ingredients in the paint. Higher series have more expensive ingredients, so the paint is more expensive. As far as painting, the series number or letter is irrelevant. However, I include them to help customers understand why I might price the same number of filled pans differently.
Lightfastness is essentially whether you can see the colours today as they will look 100 years from today. Different brands have different lightfastness rating systems. It is ethically responsible to use paints with high lightfastness for your watercolours if you sell them. Imagine the disappointment when someone's new foyer watercolour fades in four months! Use paints with low lightfastness for things you plan to convert to digital formats or for fun.
Pigments tell us what pigments are in the paint. Single pigment paints are easier to mix because there is less to consider. They tend to mix more as you would think they should when you glance only at the paint colours. Multi-pigment paints are still excellent, but you may need to think beyond just the colour you see in the pan to be able to get your desired result when mixing.