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.French Ultramarine Blue
2.Winsor (or Prussian)
1.New Gamboge or auerolin
*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.)
pencil ( I use mechanical one) Any #2 office will do.
small spray bottle ( such as travel size hair spray bottle)
Magic Eraser cut into small squares (*look for original not with bleach additives)
** Please feel free to call or email me before class to discuss supplies.