Watercolor Tips for Painting 'en Plein Air
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Watercolor Painting Gear:
( 7-12 of your favorite colors are usually sufficient)
I suggest starting with the
and add colors as needed
2 rounds with good points (#8 - #10 or #12)
3/4" flat brush
1" wash brush (Susie's cutter brush)
Optional choices might be the
that hold water in the handle
divided into quarter sheets, watercolor block or
Paper support/ board with clips, clipboard, lapboard etc
(I use a piece of
a light weight corrugated waterproof plastic
cardboard used for
Water and 2 plastic containers, 1 for clean water and 1 for rinsing brushes
(Many places have water available on site -- check to see if you need to carry in water.)
Watercolor Easel (Optional) Some artists prefer to stand and paint at an easel while
to use a TV tray or lap board and paint seated.
Umbrella (optional) for both sun and rain (white or neutral color)
Light weight bag or backpack to carry supplies
Blotter or sponge
Pencil and eraser
Notepad or sketchbook for field notes
and value studies
Other gear to consider:
Camera and plenty of film
Trash Bag for soiled paper towels
Extra large leaf bag or trash bag to cover art gear in case of sudden showers
Old or inexpensive doormat to keep chair from sinking into soggy grass.
Insulated lunch box or small ice chest for cold drinks/water.
Lawn or beach chair/ tray side table
(on site picnic tables may or may not be available for our use)
Get out and paint! There is nothing like painting outside....'en Plein air!
Split Primary Palette