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How many colours do you have in your palette? If the number isn't here, vote the closest, and tell us in the comments! 

22%
118 deviants said 12 colours
16%
85 deviants said 28 colours
13%
70 deviants said 18 colours
10%
54 deviants said 8 colours
8%
45 deviants said 16 colours
8%
42 deviants said 36 colours
7%
40 deviants said 45 colours
6%
33 deviants said 14 colours
5%
28 deviants said 6 colours
5%
27 deviants said 10 colours

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:iconsusanne-billich:
susanne-billich Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
I have so much colours (36) because I bought at the beginning what books recommended. But I really use only about half of them...
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alicenpai Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have 24 in my set, but I probably only use 10 of them, ahaha. I tend to use a lot of blue, black/gray, and peach/flesh colour.
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:iconalina-kurbiel:
Alina-Kurbiel Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012   Traditional Artist
When I'm painting, I'm using no more then 6 colors
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:iconnightkidlaura:
nightkidlaura Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
i laugh at limiting my palette HAHAHA, i have at least four tubes of every hue plus my sellener half-pans. that makes 55 colors not counting the watercolor pencils i sometimes chop up and use as regular paint. i love my daniel smith watercolors the best, they have such a wide range of colors and moonglow and rose of ultramarine are so awsome for lifting ( moonglow goes down a plum-y purple and lifts up to reveal a dark blue and rose goes down violet and lifts up to reveal ultramarine). honestly i would have all 200+ of their colors if i could afford it!
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stvn-h Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
24 :)
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:iconpuppy-eater:
Puppy-eater Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student General Artist
I have a pan set of 12 that I carry with me everywhere but I have an additional 18 tubes.
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:icontakuichi:
Takuichi Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
18 in my box and additionally 24 tubes, but i'm not using them that often :x
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otakulena Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Artist
i use 12 now since its my first artists quality watercolour set and im a noob lol so im gonna get really good at my watercolours and then just get a better/more pigment watercolour 12 colour set~ ^_^
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asbiswas Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i use maximum 4-6. sometimes only one. i generally do tinted watercolor. so too many of colors may spoil the look. also if you are using number of colors, viewer may be confused where to concentrate.
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:iconteyanna:
teyanna Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
basicly about 50, plus some dubles and guaches... funny thing is, when I paint even the most colorful illustrations I use max. 10 of them.
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:iconbasbird:
BASbird Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I HAVE 21, but I use only about ten for each painting.
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:iconforem:
Forem Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
14 pans Schminkce, 36 pans Winsor&Newton, 12 pans japanese watercolours and random amount of other tubes and pans. So a lot of colours to pick from, why I love to have them all is that they behave a bit differently. Also, usually when painting I pick up around 5 to 10 colours to use.
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:iconillustriousshades:
IllustriousShades Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Roughly forty-five to fifty, depending on the day and what the art project is, and what paint I need that I don't seem to have on three palettes and a dinner plate.
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SpawnoftheED Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
just using my Koi pocket sketch box most the time these days..
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:iconmartinacecilia:
martinacecilia Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
36, but I always use the same 7/8....
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:iconcabepfir:
cabepfir Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
24. I added a whole row of pans in a 16 pans Windsor & Newton palette. (Wait. That was probably a 14 pans palette. I added also one pan in each row.)
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:iconalois-noette:
Alois-Noette Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
10. It holds 10. I'm gonna get a less shitty palette that holds more, at some point, when I'm not on a student budget.
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:iconabasss:
abasss Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
More colours doesn't mean better. There are some key colours that you MUST have, but the rest you can mix your own.
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:iconalois-noette:
Alois-Noette Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
yeah, it's just sometimes more convenient to have more at the ready...I just basically need a bigger palette to let me mix better too...
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:iconsigune:
Sigune Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have 36, which is really more than I need, and mostly a result of the fact that a) I quickly grew dissatisfied with my first set of 12 and b) it took some experimenting to figure out which colours are really essential to me. I have some doubles as well (in the sense of, 1 pan of Ultramarine and 1 pan of French Ultramarine, when I really need only one of both) because I bought a larger box with 12 artist quality paints (+ plenty of room for more) after my student set of 12. But if 36 is too much, I think I couldn't do with less than 20. I like having several blues (Cerulean, Cobalt and Ultramarine), several yellows (Cadmium, Winsor and Indian) and several reds (Winsor Red - light + dark - and Alizarin Crimson).

I know that a great deal of the art is in mixing your colours, and a palette of 12 should really suffice... But I guess I'm not a good enough artist for that!
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CryingForTheStars Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use Crayola washable watercolor 24 pack. They are the best for the price, extremely pigmented, so you can get nice, bright colors when you want. I also use Derwent Water color pencils 36 pack.

But for people who are looking to learn water color and dont want to spend too much, but want great results. Then spend $7 and get the Crayola watercolors!!!
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PomPonDesPrinces Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
I have 72 N&W Watercolour pencils and 16 W&N pans : )
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silverybeast Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012   General Artist
6 - carmine, cinnabar, ultramarine, Prussian blue, cadmium, yellow ochre.

I have another palette with 12, but I almost never use it. I prefer mixing the colours myself, I even mix black most of the time (it's very tricky but not impossible)
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:iconsigune:
Sigune Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You can mix black! I envy your skill! XD

I've tried it so often, but I always fail :(. And mixed blacks are SO much nicer than 'boxed blacks'.
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silverybeast Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   General Artist
The thanks would go to my 9th grade art teacher... I learned from her that mixing orange and blue results grey, and later on I thought about how dark I could make the colour. Took about year until my black actually started looking black :XD:
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:iconhilmu:
Hilmu Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
I have 8 in my palette and 12 in tubes... But actually I don't use those tubes almost at all.
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:iconsonnesama:
sonnesama Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
24
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:iconredsama:
redsama Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
I vote 28 but I have only 24 :D
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:iconbpisek:
bpisek Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I only use 4 colors - Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and White.

I will mix these as-if I had three printing plates, and add white for highlights, and for tone and hughes.
Black is only used for Sketch Card outlines at times.
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:iconabasss:
abasss Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
You use tubes or pans? How do you get the dark colours?
The thing about pans is that it generally comes with a bigger number of colours, but when I work with oils I use Cadmiun Red and Yellow, Cobalt Blue, White and a tiny tiny pinch of Black. I know that for a lot of artists using black is a no no but I can't avoid it, sometimes I need a darker colour and I can't make it with the other three.
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:iconbpisek:
bpisek Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I use tubes ( Winsor & Newton ). If I want a deeper blackish color I'll use a Cobalt Blue.

The reason I don't use black, is because it will look flat on the actual piece; and tend to create a void to the eye.

When I paint in watercolor, and Gouache, and oils, I do a underpainting, and multiple layers: I used to do multiple layers on my Sketch Cards in the beginning, but now I limit those layers because of deadlines.
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ninakuru Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
24!
I have another set with 12, but I rarely use it.
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missronja Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I have 12 tubes (very suffisant) and 24 pots (in my travel box). When I do have much more colores I do use them- even if I don't need. =D
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:iconthelittletoybox:
thelittletoybox Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
12 :( i have a travel size pallet but i would love to have the bigger one
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:iconhappychuicken:
HappyChuicken Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
20 colours.. orz
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:iconmeaghz:
Meaghz Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
24 but I think I only use about half of them :D
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:iconmichaela9:
Michaela9 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
24 tubes ^^
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
24 actually... its a popular palette with 4x6 slots, but no variant for it :)
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:iconvirydi:
virydi Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I use two palettes, so 28 + 18
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:iconjamybundy:
JamyBundy Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Watercolour pencils, so around 50 c:
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:iconthe-oons:
the-oons Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist
around 86 but I have yet to use all of them...
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:iconmello-chocolate:
Mello-chocolate Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
24 and 3, I added
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:iconvaliciti:
Valiciti Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
24 colors :)
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:iconjamiekinosian:
JamieKinosian Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
My stuff is all packed up because I'm moving in two days, so I can't count exactly. But I keep it pretty minimal with about 6-8.
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Neonpony15 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I have around 40 W & N tubes (some repeat colors) my grandpa recently gave me. Prior to that, I had 5 colors - red, yellow, blue, this orangey/burnt red, and black. I don't mind a limited palette as long as I've got the primaries.
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WildWoodArtsCo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
I have 43 W&N pans in my set but i also have a set of 24 White Nights that I dip into occasionally. As for my mixing palettes, I have 4, one of which is a flower shaped one for mixing large quantities for big washes and the other three have all the wells and trays full of different colors that I use regularly.

Having said all that, the blue pans have barely been used (i don't like working with blue pigments - not sure why, I just can't seem to get to grips with the way they dry. Having to put a blue wash on something is my worst arty nightmare), whereas the earthy colors have been replaced numerous times...
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:iconkotied:
KotieD Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student General Artist
I used 14 but have atleast 30
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:iconzzen:
zzen Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I voted 36 but actually number of colours in my palettes is difficult to tell.
So let me explain:
my oldest are British Winsor&Newton artists watercolours: by now I have 37 colours including white.

The most loved colours are Payne´s Grey and Scarlet Lake - I sometimes do paintings with only these colours and white.

Than I have Russian White Nights: by now I have 36 colours.

Than I have Schmincke Horadam Artist Watercolour: 15 colours - and I would built my palette later...

And the last purchase are new Sennelier L´Aquarelle based on honey and they are just fantastic: I bought set of 24 colours and I will go for more one day.

The most favourite colour of all my sets is Payne´s Grey.
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:iconleochi:
Leochi Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Voted 28, but I use only a restricted palette of about 4-6 colours when painting.
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Roseprincess1 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
well ok.. mine varies.. i have a very large colelction of watercolors in tubes.. i prefer tubes over pans.. but typically i work from around ten to fifteen colors at a time..because i use some very exotic colors that are ( i dont care WHAT people say!!) are bloody well near impossible to mix from the big three. dpending on the painting.
then i rinse out the paint box and start again.
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