basic supply list


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suggested supplies for beginners

suggested supplies for beginners

Linda Griffin

Basic Supplies for Watercolor Workshops

*These are just “bare bones” supplies to use until you decide if you like watercolor. They can be added to later. Bring any supplies you already use . These are what I use.

Three brushes:( 1 each)

Look for watercolor brushes…synthetic or blends work well…the finer sable ones are expensive and not necessarily easier to use.


3/4 inch or wider.  I like the Winsor Newton brand with clear plastic handles)


# 10 or #12 or larger


Any size..used for fine lines

I also use Scrubbers:

Creative Mark… Any size( I have several  from 4-12)


  • I use  tube colors… usually Winsor Newton and Holbein brands . They are quality, consistent vibrant colors. There are may good brands, but I do not suggest you invest money into the inexpensive student grade colors (such as Academy by Grumbacher or Cotman by Ninsor newton)as they as they have a lot of filler and are diluted, and grayed making vibrant color impossible . Therefore I suggest just a few tubes, from which most other colors can be mixed.
  • ** I have just started using the soho brand from Jerrys Artarama. It is a less expensive and  comparable to Winsor Newton colors. It comes only in the smaller tubes.

Reds: (These are warming cool versions of each..for different uses )

1.Alizarin Crimson

suggested supplies for beginners

suggested supplies for beginners

2.Cadmium Scarlet

3.Permanent Rose


1.French Ultramarine Blue

2.Winsor  (or Prussian)


1.New Gamboge or auerolin


Winsor green


raw sienna

burnt sienna

*For flower painting I like : These are not necessary, just fun colors

Winsor Newton Quinacridone Magenta

Holbein Greenish Yellow

Holbein Quinacridone Gold


****Look for a large , white,  rectangular one with lid..this is important. Paint can be used for a long time after squeezing into palette if kept closed… (wait to fill palette if you are a beginner)  until first class. Brands include Jones, Richeson, Pike. If in doubt feel free to email me . This type of palette is not expensive..ranges from $15.00 to 30.00..(main feature needed is a lid)


I recommend D’Arches 140 Lb cold-pressed paper ( 1 sheet ) Not in a tablet form.


Paper towels-I like Viva brand

water container ( I recommend a  low flat plastic  one such a refrigerator storage or ice cream containers.)

Sea Sponge

pencil ( I use mechanical one) Any  #2 office will do.

small spray bottle ( such as travel size hair spray bottle)

Note book

masking tape

Magic Eraser cut into small squares (*look for original not with bleach additives)

I use (in Raleigh) or , for online orders

** Please feel free to call or email me before class to discuss supplies.