Paleo Paints Mini’s are mini cubes of watercolor paints using Ozark pigments. Each one is approximately 3/8 inch cubes. They’re wild-crafted and handmade. Smaller than a standard half-pan but far larger than a sample dot, these are perfect for creating watercolor travel sets.
The mini cubes come in all of the colors I make. They are sold as singles or in sets. You can check to see what is available by going to my online shop or by checking the listings at the bottom of this post.
You can read about the colors and pigment sources at this page: Ozark Pigment Profiles
My schedule is linked here, if you’d like to catch up with me in person to try them out before you buy.
More to come!
How to Use the Mini Cubes
As for how to use this sort of watercolor paint, it’s just like any other solid watercolor paint.
- Wet your brush
- Wet the paint
Each color is slightly different from the other in characteristics. So you’ll learn more about how each one behaves as you use it. For example, it takes the black a lot longer to wet than the others. It’s easy enough to get a gray color, but to get a really dark black point, you’ll need to work a small spot for a while. To draw out really fine black lines, once there is good saturation on my brush, I’ll just barely touch the tip of the brush in water before applying it to the paper.
Some of the colors, like the red heavies, stain the paper and so can’t be lifted as well. Others, like the black, yellow, and gray-green are very easy to lift or move around.
In general, the heavies are more granular and the fines are smoother and more pigment rich.
Ways to Use Mini Cubes
As for how to store and use them, I have a couple of ways I prefer. For travel ease, I will glue the mini down inside a 2″ x 2″ tin. These tins are free with any order of 5 or more mini cubes. You’ll have to glue them in place, or you can leave them loose. I taped my swatch cards in a booklet fashion underneath the tin.
This other way is decorative and creative. Not so easy to carry around, but aesthetically appealing for desktop or studio use, are my Mini Cubes Driftwood Palettes. These aren’t available yet to purchase, but I should have some ready in a few months. But you can make your own driftwood palettes, if you want. Look how pretty they are:
How to store these little cubes
When you’re done painting, let the mini cubes dry out before putting down the lid if they’re in a closed container. For open containers, like on the driftwood, I don’t do anything special to them. They dry on their own within a few minutes of the last use.