I like to switch around my paints (a lot) and found it very annoying to
do so when I blue-tacked the paint to the paintbox. I like to squeeze in
more paints than the official number so I removed the pan-holder from my
tiny paintbox to do so.
I decided to try something else: magnets!
I had ordered a set of magnets a few years ago, and some of them I
hadn’t used yet. After digging them up from the drawer, and finding some
empty pans, I started my project.
I used a small tin to help me keep the pan in place. I put the pan on it
and placed the magnet inside, roughly in the middle.
Filled up the empty pan with paint, about 3/4 full.
Stirred the paint with a toothpick to get the air-bubbles out and the
paint in the corners. I then left it to dry.
Using a filled pan
I have plenty of pre-filled pans as well, and my bad habit of creating
wells in the middle actually came in really handy. After popping the
paint out of the pan – it came out easily with some wiggling of a sharp
knife (don’t hurt yourself) – I place the magnet in the well and added
some water. Then I turned the pan over and pushed it down on the paint.
With some colours I had to scrap the edges a bit, due to the shape of
the pan (more narrow at the bottom).
Letting it all dry
After adding all the pans, I let them dry in the window overnight. Some
dried up a bit wonky, I noticed airbubbles on the side and one of my
red-browns looks a bit crumbly. These will all receive some extra
treatment to smooth them out, but the basics work :)