If you already have watercolor supplies, don’t rush out and buy these. But if you are just starting out, this is the minimum I’d like you to have.
(Taklon, synthetic or sable, any brand)
- Flat wash – 3/4 or 1 inch preferred
- Round #8 or #10
- Round #6 or smaller
- any style white, plastic or porcelain
Paints The following is a suggested basic palette:
- Cool Red – Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Quinacridone Magenta
- Warm Red – Cadmium Red Light, Light Red or Vermillion
- Cool Blue: Ultramarine Blue
- Warm Blue: Thalo Bue
- Warm Yellow: Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna
- Cool Yellow: Light Yellow
- Earths: Sepia, Burnt Sienna or Quinacridone Sienna
- 2 or 3 22×30 sheets of Arches 140 lb. or 300 Cold Press cut into fourths.
- Do not buy the cheap watercolor pads
- Either bring a stiff board and clamps, or Incredible Art Board or cardboard to staple mount your paper.
- 2H and 6B
- Gray Putty Eraser
- Note paper and blank sketching paper
- Viva Paper Towels
- Masking Tape for mounting paper (or) Stapler for paper mounting
- Large Water Container (#10 coffee can, or bucket)
- Small towel or sponge for blotting water from brush
- Table Easel if you have one
Read more about the supplies I use and why I use them.
My typical palette. (I do not require you to have all these pigments):