BASIC WATERCOLOR SUPPLY LIST:
These are my suggestions for supplies. If you already have supplies, please do not feel like you have to buy different ones.
PAINTS: I prefer Daniel Smith, but Winsor Newton or M. Graham are also good.
I've divided the items up in three categories-
Essential supplies- these are a must • Secondary supplies- good to add to your supplies when able • Optional- fun to have but not absolutely necessary.
ESSENTIAL PALETTE COLORS- Colors you will use a lot.
BLUES- Dark, medium and light value
• Indigo (dark)
• French Ultramarine Blue (medium)
• Cerulaean Blue (light)
REDS- Dark, medium and light value
• Deep Scarlet (dark)
• Alizarin Crimson (medium)
• Pyrrol Scarlet (light)
YELLOWS- Dark, medium and light value
• Yellow Ochre (dark)
• Cad Yellow (medium)
• Naples Yellow- (light)
• Sap Green- amazing natural green
• Burnt Umber- great general brown color
• Van Dyke Brown- awesome dark brown
• New Gamboge- nice yellow orange
• Quinacridone Purple- a handy medium purple
SECONDARY PALETTE COLORS- Great colors to add to your palette when able- listed in order of preference
• Cobalt Teal Blue- a beautiful teal blue color-- great for skies and water.
• Lemon Yellow- (medium) Another great medium yellow!
• Cobalt Blue- (medium blue) I like having both Ultramarine and Cobalt blue
• Raw Sienna- light brown - handy for a natural brown
• Hooker’s Green- this green leans more towards the blues
• Neutral Tint- a handy way to darken a color
OPTIONAL COLORS- Fun colors to have but no absolutely necessary, more of a convenience color.
• Phthalo Yellow Green- I love this color! Great for mixing and brightening a color.
• Rose of Ultramarine- a great color for underpainting and shadows.
• Quinacridone Coral- bright pinkish coral color- one of my favorites!
• Quinacridone Gold- great gold color- perfect for mixing too!
• Prussian Blue- this is more of a muted blue- a great convenience color.
• Wisteria- a great lavender!
• Buff Titanium- great neutral color. It is more opaque than transparent.
• Antwerp Blue- this is a Winsor Newton brand (I use it rarely for special projects)
BRUSHES: A variety of flat, round, and filbert brushes. Lowe Cornell is by far my favorite, but they are hard to find.
(Polar Flo kit of 8 brushes is a good set to start out with )
• Round brushes- #4, #8, #10 & #12 are most important (other sizes also available
• Flat brushes- 2”, 1”, ½”, ¼” and a tiny detail flat brush if doing tight detailed work.
• Liner brush- a tiny detail flat brush if doing tight detailed work.
PALETTE: Have all the paints squeezed into compartments and dried when you come to class.
• Several options available, but make sure there are large color mixing compartments. I suggest one with a lid and all the paints are on one side..
TAPE- I prefer art tape, but masking tape works fine too! Get neutral color- not blue or green.
• Masking tape- white or cream
TOWELS: I suggest you have a cloth towel-a baby cloth diapers works great!.
• White Shop Towels or Paper Towels work fine too but don’t last long.
• Paper towels- I find that I don't really use them much when I have a cloth diaper
WATERCOLOR PAPER- I prefer to buy the full poster size sheets individually and cut them to size, but there are books and blocks also available. Please use Arches Color Press-- it's so much easier and more forgiving and is worth the investment.
• 140 lb. white Arches Cold Press - you can buy individually at the store or in a case of 10 or more online.
BRUSH HOLDER- bring a container to hold your brushes upright while painting and make sure to put your brushes in a brushes tote to keep them from getting damaged in transit.
• A canvas holder that will fold up and stand on a surface or a plastic brush box to keep the bristle safe work great!
MOUNTING BOARD: A board that you can staple into and tape on is essential.
• 11 X 14 Gatorboard (I buy these in bulk and often have some available to purchase- let me know ahead of time if you need one).
SPRAY BOTTLE: Just pick up an inexpensive one at the store.
• smal squirt/spray bottle (for wetting your paints)
MASKING FLUID: Not absolutely necessary for all classes but handy to have!
ONYX BLACK INK PEN: For line and wash projects (where objects are drawn with ink after painting)
WHITE GOUACHE: An opaque white used for accents and some highlights
YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING ITEMS FOR USE AT HOME:
STAPLER & STAPLES: Make sure stapler can be opened up for stapling onto a board
WATER CONTAINER: (I have containers for you to use in class) Make sure it’s a large container so you don’t have to change it often.