Empty Watercolor Pan Plastic Paint Cup (Select Mini Sample, Half or Full Pan Size)

Kimberly Crick


Empty plastic pan for filling with watercolor tube paint. Ideal for use with Altoid and candy tins for urban sketching travel palettes. Sold individually. Blank and white on all sides. See ruler in photo for size reference. Select a pan size option from the drop down menu.

Optional MAGNETIC TAPE for holding your pans to a tin container, while being able to easily swap out or refill your paints, can be found here.

Empty Mini Sample Size (1/6th pan) 0.5ml tray measuring about 12mm x 12mm and 6mm deep. Ideal for super tiny palettes or an alternative to dot cards for handmade paint makers. About a third of a standard half pan, or a sixth of a full pan size. Could be overfilled to about 0..75ml. (For reference, half pans are the most common size tray seen in watercolor sets and those are typically 1.5ml).
Half pan size 15mm x 19mm and 10mm deep, this is the size most commonly available in watercolor sets. It has a roughly 1.5ml capacity (1.75ml overfilled).
Full size pan measures 18mm x 28mm and 10mm deep with a 3.5ml capacity. These are for filling with watercolor or gouache paints from tubes to set up a convenience palette. Magnetic tape available separately for using with altoids containers or other metal tin boxes.

Q&A - Please note that pan sizes and wall thickness vary by brands. I can only recommend these pans for those building their own custom palette from scratch, or making handmade watercolors. Winsor and Newton have smaller half pan sizes, so their trays may require special pans. Most standard full pans are 3ml, but companies like White Nights offering 2.5ml and others go up to 3.5ml. Kuretake Gansai pans are extra large, a Japanese size for large brushes, that are much larger but more shallow than the "full size" pans shown here. I have not seen those available as empty pans. The "fill" line is variable, with some companies overflowing their pans, while others fill just below the top of the pan. If ml is a concern, I recommend a pipette or medical blunt syringe for determining precise amounts.