I often get asked about my favorite watercolor supplies or materials that one should have when starting on a watercolor journey. I have always looked at Art as an investment and my advice to those who ask for my recommendation has always been this: buy quality materials because they will not only last you a very long time, but they will also enable you to enjoy the process of creating. Poor quality supplies will only lead to frustration and non-vibrant artwork.
If you wish to improve your watercolor paintings, or if you are just starting out on your creative watercolor journey (yay!), then invest in student grade paints, good quality brushes and 300 gsm watercolor paper.
Winsor and Newton is the brand that I always recommend for watercolor paints. I started my watercolor journey with their Cotman Paints and brushes, and I still have them after all these years, and they are as good as new. As for paper, I am a big fan of Arches watercolor papers. However, when I first started painting, I used Canson watercolor paper.
Later, as my art business grew, I have invested in a few Princeton Neptune and Heritage Brushes and Silver Black Velvet Brush and I have been very happy with them. They have now become my go-to brushes for all my watercolor paintings.
Below I have put together a list of my watercolor supplies, the ones that I use most frequently. You can always purchase more supplies as your skills develop or when it feels right for you. I prefer to have a limited paint palette as it makes painting and color mixing easier for me.
Winsor and Newton Tubes is what I mostly use now and my go-to colors are:
- Ultramarine Blue
- Prussian Blue
- Cadmium Red
- Alizarin Crimson
- Quinacridone Magenta
- Sap Green
- Hooker’s Green
- Yellow Ochre
- Cadmium Yellow
- New Gamboge
- Burnt Sienna
- Payne’s Grey
- Arches Cold Press Paper 300 gsm
- Arches Hot Press Paper 300 gsm
- Princeton Heritage Sizes 4, 6, 8 and 12
- Princeton Neptune Size 8
- Silver Black Velvet Brush Size 4
- Porcelain/ ceramic dinner plate or serving plate.
- Plastic Palette Tray
Other Supplies That I Use
- Masking fluid. That’s a must-have for me, to mask off areas that I want to preserve such as highlights. And I use Winsor and Newton Masking fluid and Daniel Smith Masking fluid.
- Old paint brushes to apply masking fluid.
- Masking Tape to tape my work.
- Art board to support my paper.
- Paper Towels
- And salt for adding texture to my work.
I hope you enjoyed reading this. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding watercolor materials and supplies by commenting below.