Artist quality paints, such as Winsor & Newton Artists' Watercolor Tubes, Daniel Smith Watercolor Paints, Holbein Artists' Watercolors, Sennelier Watercolors, are recommended. If buying tube colors, I suggest getting a “cool” and a “warm” version of red, blue, and yellow. For example:
French Ultramarine Blue
#12 or 14 round and 1” or 1 1/2” flat. Sable and squirrel hair brushes are the best but a good quality synthetic brush, such as Windsor & Newton Cotman or any Golden Taklon brush will work.
140Lb cold press paper is recommended. I suggest a Strathmore 11x15” or larger watercolor block and a couple of 22x30” sheets of similar paper (Canson Montval, Arches, Fabriano, Lanaquarelle are all good choices).
White plastic palette or "butcher's" tray with a large mixing area is recommended. But a Styrofoam plate or two will do. I use a John Pike's Pallete.
You can use plastic tubs that sour cream and whipped cream come in or food storage containers.
- #2 pencil
- Black or sepia waterproof pen, Sakura Pigma Micron
- Soft eraser
- Your choice of paper towels, Kleenex tissues, or clean rags
- Sketchbook. Get a size that you feel comfortable using. Most of mine are around 5.5 x 8"
- Drop cloth for easy cleanup. Any kind of a sheet, old tablecloth, or plastic tablecloth will do.
- Masking liquid. I recommend Pebeo Drawing Gum
- Artist Tape
- Optional supplies: Sponge Staple gun Easel Pocket knife Palette knife (steel, not plastic)
A basic set of pan watercolor paints, watercolor paper block, and two brushes will be available for purchase in class. The cost is $35.
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