Review: American Journey Nomad Compact Set #CheapJoes #AmericanJourney #WatercolorPalette

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During World Watercolor Month I won a couple of items.  I've already reviewed the Winsor & Newton  triad of watercolors and 5 x 7 watercolor pad that I won.  Last week I received my prize from Cheap Joe's - an American Journey Nomad Compact Set.


The set consists of a compact tin with plastic well insert and a reusable cotton drawstring bag.

The bag is my favorite part of the set, lol.  It reminds me of the Goldmine Bubble Gum that used to come in cotton bags. Fond memories.

The tins also come in other sizes, but this is the only one with the plastic well insert.  The other tins are designed to use American Journey Empty Pans.  You could probably use other brands but the fit wouldn't be as tight.

The tin fits nicely in the palm of your hand (probably even if you have tiny, tiny hands).


According to the specs on the Cheap Joe's website the plastic insert is not removable.  I thought it was glued at first, but then realized it was just wedged in tightly, so I removed it.


You can see the it is made of the clamshell type of plastic.  It should be relatively safe in the tin, but I think it will crack easily.

It's hard to tell for sure, but I put another brand of half-pan on the insert for comparison and I do think the wells are smaller.  There isn't really a standard size for half-pans, but the one I used is the size I most commonly see.


The tin itself is made of very thin metal.  At first, I thought the lid on mine was dented, but I pushed the dent and it popped right out.  I found you could push that area back and forth and it would make the sound a clicker does.

To give you a little more comparison of the size, I took this picture with some of my DIY palettes.

On the top is a standard sized Altoids tin and a tin I bought at Dollar tree that held cotton swabs.
The bottom is a mini-Altoids tin that I painted, and the American Journey compact Nomad tin.


The set is cute, and would definitely be an easy carry.  I'd worry that it might be easily dented or cracked, though.

The $2.59 price tag is good, but with shipping and handling it would cost too much, so this is probably something you would look at as an add-on when buying other things.

At first, I was of the mind that I preferred my adapted tins, but after I filled the Nomad, with paint from my American Journey All-Terrain set, the cuteness kind of snuck up on me.  I had the thought that this might be a cool stocking stuffer for an artist-especially if you filled it paint.  Or if you were in a painting group that liked to regularly share pigments, you could all get one of these for keeping samples.


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