Use a bottlecap as a paint palette for small art projects #Do It Yourself#art#crafts#great-ideas#painting May 6 2013 | Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin Amy Watkins (of dresser-turned-planter fame) submitted this great idea to our Flickr pool… I had a minor, art-related baskets moment when I realized I could use bottle caps for the tiny amounts of paint I use in my paper art. Can we all just take a minute to freak the fuck out over Amy's Batman-inspired comics collage? Have you had any tiny (or huge) strokes of genius? Submit your own great ideas or be like our wonderful Homie Amy here and upload 'em to our Flickr pool! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS Susan Sabo Photography: Long Beach family photography that keeps it real NEXT How to protect vertical blinds when renting with cats Show/Hide comments [ 12 ] So. Cute. My only moment of tiny genius wasn't that genius, but here goes: I save glass bottles from alcoholic miniatures, line them up on the windowsill and put a flower or two in each one. It makes a bunch go further and makes a groovy display, especially with the sun shining through the glass. I'm more excited by it than is probably justified, but I just love tiny stuff! Reply I love taking tiny bottles and filling them up with beads. Keeps the beads in line and it looks so pretty! Reply I really like the beads in tiny bottles idea, especially if they were sorted by color like the crayons of an especially anal elementary school student (me). I have a lot of miniature jam jars that I use to store beads, but I hadn't thought of displaying them that way. Reply ZOMG! Perfect for painting gaming miniatures! (And I'm really agog over your collage. I've just started doing collages from comics and it's a blast.) Reply Thanks! I just made my first pair of decoupage pumps with Spider-Man comics. Reply OK I love the collage and I love the recycling! However…. As someone who was a painting major for a bit, I do have to offer a caution: the BEST place to use as a palette is a **mirror**. Relative color theory is why… that awesome bright yellow looks much different on the warm grey bottle cap than it will on a white paper. Using something white as a palette has the same issue. on a mirror, you only see the color itself and nothing else. This is especially important if you are MIXING colors- the warm grey will mess with your eyes when you're trying to get just the perfect blue green for your Squirtle or the ultimate brown on that 1/16 scale Panzerfaust. Just sayin. Reply So cool to know; something I would never have thought of! I might have to grab a mirror from the thrift shop and give that a try. Reply Thanks for the tip. It's not usually an issue with the collages since most of the time I'm just doing black for a drop shadow and white for the outlines. Reply Amateur painter, here. Love the mirror palette for paintings or larger projects! I had been using clear plastic so I could hold it up and look through it, but this sounds easier. But for smaller projects or when I only need one color for something, I will definitely use one of those bottle caps that seem to congregate on the counter! Reply You can also acquire tiny mirrors and put them inside bottlecaps. Probably not great for watercolor, but it should work for small quantities of acrylic (mirror for the color theory issues, bottlecap to protect against spillage). Reply as a pro artist, i can't afford to waste money on proper pallets. that's what old margerine tub lids are for. screw it. Reply Also really handy when you're doing nail art of some sort and need to tip blobs of nail polish into a disposable surface. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.