Explore Palette

Explore a world of color with this limited, vibrant palette.



  • 6 Van Gogh® by Royal Talens watercolors: Transparent Yellow Medium, Permanent Red Light, Phthalo Blue, Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Rose, and Payne’s Grey.
  • 2 Mixing Pans featuring the same high-quality mixing surface as the palette.
  • 6 empty Mini Pans for additional colors.
  • Measures 3-5/8" x 2-1/4" x 1/4" (~92mm x 64mm x 7mm) when closed.
  • Weighs ~2.2 oz (~62g) including paint.
  • Rust-proof hinged aluminum case.
  • Magnetic tray, compatible with our stainless watercolor pans.
  • Includes a pocket-size color reference, and a reusable cloth drawstring logo pouch.
A curated set of our favorite Van Gogh® by Royal Talens watercolors in a Pocket Palette with plenty of room to discover your favorite color mixes.

A Curated, Limited Palette

The Explore Palette includes just six colors: Transparent Yellow Medium, Permanent Red Light, Phthalo Blue, Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Rose, Payne’s Grey. Every color has a high degree of transparency, lightfastness, and is certified non-toxic.

Working within a limited palette can be freeing—you’re not overwhelmed by too many choices, and you’re pushed to explore color mixing in new ways.


Clean Mixes, Earthy Tones

The primary triad of Transparent Yellow Medium, Quinacridone Rose, and Phthalo Blue create clean mixes around the color wheel, while the neutrals produce a range of earth tones, from grey to green to ochre.

Create a spectrum of browns and greys by mixing compliments, such as red/green, yellow/purple, and blue/orange, and Payne’s Grey will tone down hues.


Also Available

The Explore Palette Plus

The Explore Palette Plus is an expanded, 12-color version of the Explore Palette, adding six additional useful colors for painting quickly on the go, including a range of browns, warm and cool blues, violet, and sap green.


Also Available

The Explore Colors Set

The Explore Colors Set is a set of all six of the above Van Gogh® by Royal Talens watercolors, in 10ml tubes.


Compact and Endlessly Configurable

The Pocket Palette is part of our family of compact and configurable magnetic watercolor palettes. Shown here alongside the smaller Demi Palette and larger Folio Palette, the Pocket Palette supports over 40 million possible pan arrangements!

An artist's hands hold a watercolor tube and the cap. On a table, are six watercolor tubes and an empty Demi Palette.

Get to know your new palette with this step-by-step demonstration with Art Toolkit founder Maria Coryell-Martin. From filling pans to swatching colors, follow along as Maria sets up a new Demi Palette!

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