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.

Brushes:
(Taklon, synthetic or sable, any brand)

  • Flat wash – 3/4 or 1 inch preferred
  • Round #8 or #10
  • Round #6 or smaller

Palette:

  • 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

Watercolor Paper:

  • 2 or 3 22×30 sheets of Arches 140 lb. or 300 Cold Press cut into fourths.
  • Do not buy the cheap watercolor pads

Mounting Board:

  • Either bring a stiff board and clamps, or Incredible Art Board or cardboard to staple mount your paper.

Pencils:

  • 2H and 6B

Kneaded Eraser:

  • Gray Putty Eraser

Miscellaneous:

  • 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):

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