0.05 – Supplies & Materials

Here is what you will need:

 

Watercolors 

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Pans, half pans, or tubes, watercolors come in various sets and prices. You can find a good set of watercolor paint, without spending too much. These are usually ‘student grade’ watercolors.
If you decide that you want to spend a little more, you will find sets of better quality: ‘artist grade’.
Starter sets will have all basic colors that you’ll need.

 

I prefer using tubes. Paint is liquid and more versatile, as it can be thinned down with water more easily as I work.

 

The set I am using is the Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Color 12-Tube Set

 

 

Paper Pad 

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Your paper should be heavy enough to support watercolors. The thicker the better it absorbs water.

The size depends on you.

Try various sizes. I like working big scaleon A3 size paper, as well as small scale on postcard size.

 

Here are some suggestions:

Winsor & Newton 5X7 Watercolor Postcards

Strathmore Paper 300 Series

Arches 300 gms CP Watercolor Pad 12

Winsor & Newton Heavyweight Cartridge Pad – Smooth Surface, A3

 

Brushes 

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I prefer working with a thick round watercolor brush, because it holds more water and gives me a great variety of marks.

My favorite is COTMAN BRUSH – SERIES 111 ROUND – Size 20

It is great for fine detail, lines and washes. Can be used for broad strokes yet it will also form a sharp point.

Of course you can use any size.

 

Water

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Always have two big jars of water next to you. One to clean your brush, and one to dilute watercolor paint with.

 

Towel

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Keep a soft cotton towel handy to wipe out excess water overtime you clean your brush. I suggest an old tea towel, it is better than using kitchen paper.

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