One of the great things about having a small space to create in is that you start to look at things differently. I love seeing artists in big studios with sprawling tables covered in paint palettes. My own area is covered in palettes, too, but of a smaller variety.
I hoard bottle tops and gum containers. They are so perfect for mixing small amounts of acrylic, ink, or watercolor paints. I hate wasting a bunch of paint when I only need to do some small detail work. These mini palettes are easy to move around if I want to create outside or in another room. No big bottles of stuff to lug around. Both the bottle caps and gum containers are easy to rinse out and reuse as needed. I can also slide the gum tray back in its box and pop it into my on- the- go journaling kit.
For larger palettes, you can use the plastic lids from Cool Whip or margarine containers. The possibilities are endless! Before you toss that packaging out, think twice.