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Watercolor & Drawing Academy

These are the supplies you'll need for the Watercolor Academy class. 
However there are more great items that I use in the "watercolor kit" you might want to check out!
• Essential- you need these items "high priority"
• Secondary- great items but not an absolute necessity. 
• Optional- these are items I have found to be convenient to have, but are not necessary items

Pyrrol Scarlet Watercolor 
by Daniel Smith

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ESSENTIAL- Light Red  This is a great fire-engine red.  (You can also use Perylene Red or Permanent Red Light in its place.)

Alizarin Crimson Watercolor
by Daniel Smith

 

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ESSENTIAL- Medium Red. A must have!  A bluish-red pigment listed on the basic palette of a vast majority of artists.  You can also use Quinacridone Rose or Rose Madder in its place.)

Deep Scarlet Watercolor
by Daniel Smith

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ESSENTIAL- Dark Red  A wonderful deep reddish-brown tone.  (Can also use Perlyene Maroon) 

Naples Yellow Watercolor 
by Daniel Smith

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ESSENTIAL-  Light Yellow This is the nicest yellow ever and very versitile!

Cad Yellow Light Watercolor
by Daniel Smith

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ESSENTIAL- Medium Yellow  A  clean lemon yellow color that is awesome!  (Can also use Lemon Yellow) 

New Gamboge Watercolor 
by Daniel Smith

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ESSENTIAL- Dark Yellow  A vibrant warm yellow that you'll discover many uses for!  (Can also use Indian Yellow)

Cerulean Blue Watercolor 
by Daniel Smith

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ESSENTIAL- Light Blue  A great light blue.  Make sure you get just Cerulean Blue not Cerulean Blue Chromium.

Cobalt Blue Watercolor 
by Daniel Smith

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ESSENTIAL- Medium Blue  A basic blue, closest to a primary blue as you can get!

Indigo Blue Watercolor 
by Daniel Smith

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ESSENTIAL- Dark Blue  An amazing blue to make dark values with!

Phthalo Yellow Green Watercolor 
by Daniel Smith

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ESSENTIAL- Light Green  This is a green light yellow green and works well underneath sap green or mixed with natural colors. (Can also use Spring Green)

Sap Green Watercolor 
by Daniel Smith

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ESSENTIAL- Medium- Dark Green  A great natural green value that you will enjoy using!

Yellow Ochre Watercolor 
by Daniel Smith

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ESSENTIAL- Light Brown  A must have!  You'll be surprised at how much you'll use this!  

Raw Sienna Watercolor 
by Daniel Smith

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ESSENTIAL- Medium Brown  A lighter brown great for natural scenes. 

Van Dyke Brown Watercolor 
by Daniel Smith

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ESSENTIAL- Dark Brown  This is a great dark value. (Can also use asphaltum or raw umber.)

Carbazole Violet Watercolor 
by Daniel Smith

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ESSENTIAL-  A great medium purple.  (Can also use Imperial Purple)

Rose of Ultramarine  Watercolor 
by Daniel Smith

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ESSENTIAL-  This color is so striking and mixes well with other colors.  It's definitely one you want!

Cobalt Teal Blue Watercolor 
by Daniel Smith

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ESSENTIAL-  This color is so striking and mixes well with other colors.  It's definitely one you want!

Permanent Orange Watercolor 
by Daniel Smith

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ESSENTIAL-  A great secondary color ready to use instead of mixing your own! (Can also use Cad Orange Hue)

Watercolor Flat Brushes
by Ebony Splendor

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ESSENTIAL-  A set of three different brush sizes.

Watercolor Round Brushes
by Ebony Splendor

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ESSENTIAL-  You'll need a variety of round brushes.  This is a great set.

24 Well Empty
Watercolor Palette 

by KingArt

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ESSENTIAL-  You'll need an 18-24 well palette for your paints.  This is just one of the many available.  I really like this one because it gives you some extra mixing areas and still holds 24 colors!

Watercolor Paper
by Arches 140# White

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ESSENTIAL-  Arches 140# white watercolor paper.  There are other brands out there but this is what I recommend.  Working with good watercolor paper will make all the difference in the world!  This is the only paper I ask my students to use. 

Masking Fluid
by Fineline

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SECONDARY-  A masking fluid of some kind will be used every once in a while.  I prefer the Fineline Fluid but any type will do.  

Onyx Black Ink Pen
by Uniball

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SECONDARY-  A permanent black ink pen used for "line & wash" art.  Can also use pigma pens of different thicknesses.

Watercolor Rags
by Gerber

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SECONDARY-  I love to use a cloth diaper instead of a paper towel to wipe your brushes off.  They last for a very long time, then you can wash them and reuse! 

Spray Bottle
Continuous Spray

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SECONDARY-  A spray bottle is a great tool to help you keep your watercolors moist.  I love this continuous spray bottle, but any type or size of a spray bottle will work.

Drawing Pencils
by Prismacolor

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ESSENTIAL- Drawing Pencil set-  make sure you get the medium set so you have the widest variety of pencil leads. 

Kneaded Eraser
by Prismacolor

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ESSENTIAL-  You'll need at least two of these kneaded erasers.  One for graphite drawing and the other for charcoal drawing.  These erasers can molded to any shape and erase by rubbing back and forth or pressing and lifting.  

White Pearl Eraser
by PaperMate

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ESSENTIAL-  Just about any white eraser will work, I prefer these inexpensive erasers. 

Retractable Erasers
by PaperMate

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OPTIONAL-  A great eraser for small areas.  

Drafting Brush
 

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SECONDARY-  Any type of drafting brush to brush the eraser crumbs off your paper without smearing it.  I really like this hake brush.

Small Sketch Book
 

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ESSENTIAL-  Small sketchbooks are perfect for our warm-ups exercises.  Any inexpensive brand will do for this.

Drawing Paper
by Strathmore

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ESSENTIAL-  A book of drawing paper (not sketch) is great for your drawing projects. 

T-Square
 

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ESSENTIAL-  A ruler or T-square is essential.  These are great for grid work and other measurements! 

5 X 7 Photo Book
 

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ESSENTIAL- We will be putting a reference book together of all the different watercolor techniques and tips.  You can use whatever brand you would like but make sure it holds at least 50 photos and is 5X7.

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