Watercolor Supplies - Materials - Tools & Equipment

Susie's suggested
palette layouts
for setting up a palette

Arches 140# CP is recommended for my classes. It is durable and forgiving.
Full Sheets 22" x 30" may be divided into half sheets or quartered into 11 x 15 sheets.
Bring at least one full sheet per workshop day.  
If you like using Arches Watercolor Blocks these are acceptable. (18x24 or larger)  
300# Arches paper is also OK.  Other brands such as Winsor Newton, Fabriano Uno and
Jack Richeson 140#CP are OK too.
I don't recommend the less expensive pads such as Strathmore and Canson. These papers
are fine for other applications but don't quite cut it for our class.
   "Life is too short to paint on bad paper."  ~ quote: Gordon MacKenzie  
Basic Watercolor Supply List
These are suggestions for
the beginner just setting
up their starter palettes.
If you already have
watercolors --- bring what
you have in your paint
box or palette. I may
colors you might add to  
round out your palette.
Some colors work better
in some situations than
others. Learn which are
which and why.

Watercolor Paint

Split Primary Palette (8 colors)

New Gamboge
Hansa Yellow Medium

Pyrrol Scarlet
Quinacridone Rose

French Ultramarine Blue
Phthalo Blue (GS)

Quinacridone Burnt Orange

Neutral Tint
Watercolor Brushes

Two round brushes with good points and good spring. I favor synthetics like the Daniel Smith
Platinum Series 23-2   ( #8-#9-#10-#12  are good size choices)  
Blends , Sables and Kolinsky are all OK if you already own them. Don't spend a fortune on brushes until
you learn a little more about them.
A couple or flat wash brushes like the DS Aquarelle Flat 72-99   1"  or ¾"
1” wash brush such as Susie’s Chisel Tip Wash Brush

**If you already have some favorite brushes - bring them to my classes and workshops!!

Other Supplies
Support for your paper (Fomecore or Gatorboard or a light drawing board)
Your choice of  tape, tacks or clips to secure your paper
Covered watercolor palette like the Jones or Richeson  Palette (I suggest that you look for flat wells)
#2 Pencils
Magic Rub White eraser
Ruler or Yardstick, Paper towels, Roll of Cheap Toilet Paper,
2 quart size plastic water containers, hair dryer
** Black Sharpie Ultra-fine permanent marker, notebook or sketchbook for notes
**Write-On Overhead Transparency film    (I will have some for you if needed)

** Handy to have on hand but not used in every class or workshop.
Suggested palette layout
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If you are just beginning your journey you have a wonderful adventure ahead of you. Along
the way you will gain an understanding of watercolor supplies and materials that will help you
develop your own  painting preferences as you create your own personal style.
I believe in building a firm foundation based on the fundamentals of traditional watercolor.
Once you learn these "basics" you are free to let your imagination soar and choose your own
approach to this fascinating medium.
The purpose of my suggested supply list it to help you get off on the right foot and hopefully
help you avoid problems. There are many combinations of colors to select from and while
these are limited to only a few colors they are good to start with.