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So you just signed up for Watercolor Painting Classes! You're going to have a blast. And now you're going to need supplies. I've done my best to break this down and make it as simple for you as possible. The easiest and least expensive way to purchase your supplies is to order the majority of them online (see the column to the right for instructions.)
If you'd rather buy them yourself, I've listed everything that you will need below. You can find a print-friendly version of the supply list here:
IMPORTANT Note: Good brushes, quality paper and artist grade paint will make a HUGE difference in your ability to paint - so please, give yourself the gift of success by purchasing the supplies recommended on this list.
If you have any questions at all, feel free to call me at (949) 551-1987 and I am happy to clarify for you.
Watercolor Painting Supply List
WATERCOLOR PAINTS - (Do NOT buy 'student grade'!)
Best Brands to Buy:
- Winsor Newton (NOT Cotman!)
- Grubacher (NOT Academy!)
- Daniel Smith
All listed below are Grumbacher or Winsor Newton unless I've listed another brand. These paints will last you a LONG time. Please don't purchase any other greens than those listed. I know they look luscious and tempting, but you'll be wasting your money.
- Cadmium Red Light
- Cadmium Yellow Light
- Cadmium Yellow Lemon
- Burnt Umber
- Thalo Yellow Green
Winsor & Newton Brand:
- Winsor Blue (Green Shade)
- Winsor Green (Blue Shade)
- Winsor Orange
- Winsor Violet
- French Ultramarine
- Permanent Alizarin Crimson
- Cerulean Blue
- Burnt Sienna
EXTRA COLORS THAT ARE GREAT TO HAVE - LATER
(After you've gained more skills and are just 'itchin' to add some new colors to your palette - these are the best colors worth your money.)
- Cobalt Turquoise
- Cobalt Violet
- Green Gold
- Permanent Green Light
- Quinacridone Crimson
- Quinacridone Gold
- Quinacridone Magenta
- Ultramarine Violet
Sargent Watercolor Liquid Metal Pans Brand:
Good Brushes will last you a long time if you take care of them. A Good Brush will make painting easier - a Bad Brush will only frustrate you and waste your money. Do NOT purchase 'Artist's Loft' brand from Michael's - they fall apart immediately!
You are looking for Short Handle WATERCOLOR Brushes. I recommend: Loew-Cornell #7020 series; these brushes will make painting EASIER.
They work extremely well, hold a lot of water and keep their point no matter how worn they become. . . . AND. . .they are inexpensive. I haven't found them locally, but stores will order them for you. You can purchase them inexpensively through Dick Blick. This link will take you directly to the brushes: Loew Cornell #7020 Brushes.
(If you already have brushes, bring them and I'll let you see how the #7020 work. You can judge for yourself).
Loew-Cornell #7020 series Round Brushes
- #4 Round
- #6 Round
- #8 Round
- #10 Round
- #12 Round
- #14 Round
- 3/4" Sky Flat Wash Brush
- #12 Robert Simmons White Sable Flat
- #10 Robert Simmons White Sable Flat
- #6 Robert Simmons White Sable Flat
Other Painting Supplies
- Canvas Brush Carrier -This is a MUST to keep your brush investment in top shape. A good one will fold open like an easel.
- Watercolor Palette - Get a large white plastic tray that has 32 wells around the outside edge and two large mixing areas in the middle. You WANT large mixing areas - you will be using the lid as a mixing area too, so find one with a lid that has no wells.
- 4-5 SHEETS (not pads) of 140 lb ('Arches or Winsor & Newton Brands' only) COLD Press Watercolor Paper (22" x 30")
- 1 SHEET (not pads) of 300 lb ('Arches or Winsor & Newton Brands' only) COLD Press Watercolor Paper (22" x 30") Either: Winsor Newton brand -or- Arches brand (These will last you a long time. You will be breaking these sheets down into to much smaller sheets for use. Don't panic and buy cheaper pads, you'll only end up frustrated with the quality. Plus, with the cheaper grades you have to buy other supplies in order to use them. So keep it simple and make it easier for yourself to learn.)
- 2 Student Grade Watercolor Paper Pads - 9"x12" - This is for exercises only. The better full sheets listed above will be the paper you create your masterpieces on! I recommend Strathmore Watercolor pad as shown in the image above.
- 'Prismacolor' brand Kneaded Eraser (NOT 'Artist's Loft' brand!)
These are the only supplies that are NOT included in the Dick Blick supply list online (top right column.) If you are purchasing your supplies online, please make sure to bring these with you to your first class as well.
- Indoor Slippers or Flip flops — The studio has a 'shoes-off' policy so most students bring either a pair of slippers (in winter), or a pair of flip flops for indoor use. You are welcome to be barefoot or wear socks as well.
- LARGE Roll of PAPER TOWELS
- Old 100% COTTON T-shirt cut up into 8 inch rags (must be 100% cotton because it has no lint)
- HB Pencil
- Small Spray Bottle filled with water
- Water Bottle with water for drinking
- Bag for carrying your supplies (anything that works for you)
- Apron or wear old shirt over clothes
If you own an iPad or other Tablet, you are welcome to bring it to class with you. An iPad is a great tool for research! If you don't have one, no worries.
Download the Print-Friendly Supply List
To download the print-friendly version of this list to take with you to the art supply store, click the button below:
Order supplies in one click!
To make it easy for you, you can order the majority of your supplies online and save time hunting around for everything on the list as well as money, since Blick Art Materials has great prices! It usually takes about 10 days for supplies to arrive, so if you have time, this is the best method.
I've already selected all of the main supplies that you will need and put them in a class list -- just click the button below to add them to your shopping cart and check out!
PLEASE NOTE: There are several Miscellaneous Supplies that you will need that are not included in the list above. They are at the bottom of the supply list on the left hand side. Make sure you bring those with you to your first class as well!
One more thing -- if any of the items are 'Out of Stock', just go ahead and order them with the rest of your supplies anyway. They will be shipped free of charge once the item comes back in stock.Buy Supplies on Blick Art Materials
Or, buy them yourself
If you'd rather go shopping for supplies yourself, I've tried to make it as easy as possible for you to find what you need. Please make sure to buy only the brands I recommend -- you'll be saving yourself a huge headache and money in the long run. You can download a printer-friendly version of the supply list by clicking the button below:Print-Friendly Supply List
The best place to purchase supplies locally is:
Art Supply Warehouse
Art Supply Warehouse has the BEST local prices around. They carry just about everything. Their people are extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. This is a great place to save money - especially if you are purchasing a lot of supplies.
If you want more options, you can find more at Where Can I Buy Supplies?