Best Watercolor Paint Storage System Ever! - June 23, 2014 (Updated August 2015...and it's still the Best!)
I have been looking for a more convenient way to store 15 ml/.5 oz. watercolor tube paint. I have tried one system after another and found all of them lacking for one reason or another. My failed systems included the following: a drawer system, fishing tackle box, art box, and clear bags. Here is a diatribe on my failed systems to date:
1. I didn't like the drawer system because it was too large and bulky and not portable (and frankly I don't have room for it);
2. I didn't like the fishing tackle box because I couldn't tell at a glance whether I needed a certain color - I had to dig around in the compartments. There was the option of having more tackle boxes, but they are large, bulky, pricey, and take up a lot of room;
3. The art box is surprisingly less well designed than a fishing tackle box. Shocking since it is supposed to be purpose built. Plus, I found the closure system to be inadequate for travel; and
4. Clear bags worked, but I had still had to search for the colors - too much time wasted.
Since none of these were optimal, I would end up throwing my paint into an open shallow cardboard box and rummage through it for a particular color. Oh so convenient, but again I would waste too much time searching through the tubes of paint. Worst case I would find the color I wanted but it would be dried out or empty. I would purchase a new one and then discover I already had a full tube. Fail! So it has been my mission to find a storage system that included the following criteria: See-through, small, portable, long enough sections for one or two tubes of 15 ml tubes of paint, and a dependable locking system.
Finally, I have been successful and want to share the information with you.
I hope this helps to make your painting experience more enjoyable and less frustrating. These are easy to pack and you can tell at a glance without unlocking the box if you are shy a color or need a replacement. I keep them in the order that I place them on my palette, so if I'm running low I know just where to look. Back to my brushes.
"To be in hell is to drift, to be in heaven is to steer." - George Bernard Shaw