|Watercolor Supplies - Materials - Tools & Equipment
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
Intermediate Watercolor Supply List
|These are some suggestions for the advanced beginner to intermediate watercolor student wanting more than
just a starter palette. With all the wonderful luxurious color choices available to us its only natural to want more.
Be careful and don't to add too many new colors too fast. When adding new colors to your palette you need to
see how compatible it is and to learn it's personality is a good idea before you introduce it in a serious painting.
The list below is the basic supply list expanded to include a few more brushes and paints.
Remember, your watercolor supplies are a personal choice and your preference may be different than mine
and that's OK!
Split Primary Palette
The Essential 8
Hansa Yellow Medium
French Ultramarine Blue
Phthalo Blue (GS)
Quinacridone Burnt Orange
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)
or Cheap Joe's Golden Fleece Series #6 #8, #9, #10, #12 #14 ... just 2 or 3 not all are necessary
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
Medium Scrubber brush
#2 or #4 Script Liner or Rigger brush
**If you already have some favorite brushes - bring them to my classes and workshops!!
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)
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 may not be used in every class or workshop.
Nickel Azo Yellow
Manganese Blue Hue
Rich Green Gold
Cobalt Violet Deep
Establish a good foundation by working with a limited palette and
mastering the basics. Adding the Extended 7 will offer more variety
and extend your possibilities for creating texture and rich tertiary
hues. The personalities of the pigments in the Extra 7 will open up
even more variety when added to your palette.