Changes to my palette and paints


I’ve made some changes to the equipment I use!

Specifically my palette, and some of the paints I use.

They’re fairly minor and I do NOT expect you to change your own if they’re working for you.  

But I wanted to explain my changes to you here:

You can download the PDF showing the equipment I recommend here.

Happy painting!

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  1. Betty Stephens on June 25, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    I want to use the old pallet that you were using, do I look for the 24 half pan or 24 full pan?

    • Anna Mason on June 28, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Hi Betty, the one I used was half pans- a half pan of paint will last you a long time.

    • Celes on September 15, 2017 at 8:34 am

      What’s the brand of the old paint box that you use ? I would like to buy the box and fill the pans in myself

      • Anna Mason on September 15, 2017 at 9:09 am

        I bought it as part of a Winsor and Newton set but I have seen it sold separately, I’m afraid I don’t know the manufacturer though

  2. Deborah Horrocks on November 8, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I just bought the same box as part of a Winsor and Newton set, whilst I was in London (UK) in Cornelissen & Son It was on special and an excellent price.

  3. Steven Ramirez on January 5, 2018 at 2:38 am

    Now that you use a porcelain plate do you only put out the paints you need for your painting sessions or do you leave all your colors on the plate as a permanent palatte?

  4. Kevin on February 10, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Hi there, can Winsor Violet be used instead of PV55. Seems that quin violet was a limited edition W&N colour and no longer available.

    Many thanks

    • Carrie (Team Anna Mason Art) on February 11, 2018 at 6:42 pm

      Hi Kevin. Please see the PDF on Anna’s equipment page ( If you scroll through the paints section, you will see Anna’s recommended substitutes for PV55. Many thanks.

  5. Heather White on January 25, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    W&N have now made it part of their perm range.

    • Anna Mason on January 27, 2020 at 9:33 am

      Oh yes I saw this! Was very pleased. Thanks for reminding me to update this post.

  6. KBrady on October 13, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    I prefer the tube pain by Windsor Newton as I am learning to paint. My question is do you leave dabs of paint on the pallet and reconstitute? I live where the AC is on most all the time but not a dry climate…my paint drys our with in a few minutes and I’m adding water to rehydrate..

    Or, you you only place what the painting requires and clean off?

  7. cathy on January 25, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Hi I am a new member and a beginner, especially with watercolours. This may be a silly question but when adding paint to a pallet how do you remember which is which? Some of the colours are very similar to each other and I am concerned I may get mixed up with the names.

    Any tips would be welcome.

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