BEGINNERS, recommended supply list
2 most important things:
1. if you can't get what is on my recommendation list - don't worry, just use what you already have.
2. when you go to the art supply store
Paint - TUBE paints only please
Artist Quality (14ml or 5ml) - ESSENTIAL
Recommended Brands: Winsor & Newton or Schmincke
You’ll be able to mix every colour and tone imaginable using these pigments.
Some other pretties if you desire:
Raw Sienna or yellow ochre
Cobalt turquoise or Winsor green
Quinacridone magenta or permanent Rose
The best watercolour brushes are very soft natural bristle but these student synthetic brushes are good substitutes. You can paint all your work with just 3 brushes and they will last many years if properly cared for:
Watercolour Paper - essential
Fabriano Artistico, 300gsm, CP, 100% cotton rag, full sheet 76x56cm – 1 sheet cut into quarters
Bockingford is acceptable.
white dinner plate (use gladwrap to cover after) OR plastic folding palette
A4 sketch book
Small, clean/cheap/empty from home to fill with water (payless plastics 50ml $3)
Artist's Masking Tape
1” wide, to tape paper to board and divide paper up for exercises
Pencils 4b or 6B pencil, Craft Knife
plastic eraser and ruler
painting board or foam board 5mm or 10mm, 40cm x 30cm minimum for a quarter sheet painting
block of wood or books to prop up your board
old tea towel and old hand towel, kitchen paper
new, flat 1" kitchen sponge
natural sea sponge with tiny pores (from your cosmetic counter)
my online classes are typically 2 hours
during my demonstration time I mute all participants so that background noise does not interfere with recording quality and other participant's concentration.
Why just 4 artist colours? to help you get used to the pigments and their reactions to each other. More is not better nor easier.
Economically speaking artist quality paints are cheaper than "cheap" paint and 14ml tubes are more economical than 5ml! Pre-selected sets seem to be made up with colours that do not sell well - not much use to you!
Why do I recommend Winsor & Newton Artist Quality Watercolour pigments? I've been using them for more than 25 years - further, I have also used many other brands of paint but I always come back to W&N. W&N have a higher pigment loading than any other brand I've used, however, Schmincke are also at the top of my list. In comparison, I have found that tube for tube, I will need a lot more paint from another brand to do the same job as W&N. EG I will need a 14ml tube to do the same job as a W&N 5ml - it's that simple!
Why Fabriano Artistico watercolour paper? firstly it's good value for money, secondly, it's a good exhibition grade paper. Student papers do not cut the mustard, they are made from different materials and excessively difficult to use - if I can't use them, i doubt you will be able to. Just get one or two sheets at a time, cut it into quarters, paint front and back = 8 paintings! For the amount of "student" paper you'll go through just trying you might as well get the real thing.
always practice on the paper you're are going to paint on! due to different watercolour paper characteristics, practicing on different papers will not provide the same results on 100% cotton rag watercolour paper, therefore your practice is null and void :(