LEARN TO WATERCOLOR with Jen
July 21st, July 28th, Aug 4th, and Aug 11th .
- Recommended Supplies:
Paper. I recommend purchasing a 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. This Canson 9×12 pad is inexpensive and perfect for all levels priced around $11. I personally like to use Arches 140 lb Cold Press (rough) because I like how watercolor reacts with the texture of the paper but it is definitely pricier.
Brushes. Round brushes are perfect for watercolor and incredibly versatile with its pointed tip offering both think and thick strokes. I almost exclusively use a size 8 or 10. Here is a versatile set of 3 brushes from A Dream or a Day Art at $22. You can also buy a more affordable set from Blick in a size 10 and a size 6. Each of these Blick brushes is between $3-$6.
Watercolors. This is where you will find the widest range of pricing depending on level of pigment and quality of the paints. Each brand moves differently across a page and this is part of the joy of discovery! I will list a few of my favorites below.
Watercolor Confection Tropicals by Art Philosophy. Vibrant beautiful pigments priced between $22-32. This set has an attached pan for color mixing 🙂
Koh-I-Noor Watercolor Wheel set at $11 is a very affordable option and the pans stack and screw together for easy packing up. My daughter loves this set of colors!
Kuretake Gansai Tambi set of 24 at $30 is a very reasonable amount for these delightful colors!
Mixing Trays. You can also simply use a non paper (white preferred plate). Being able to custom mix pigments is one of the most fun aspects of watercoloring. Here is a link for a plastic tray with a cover priced around $3.
Water. You will definitely need water. It is a must. I use an old mason jar for clean water and one for dirty water.
Paper towels. You will need them. Trust me. This is where we will dab our brush to make sure we have just the right amount of paint.
Light table/ window for tracing. Don’t buy a light table! Use a window during the day if you want to trace an image onto your paper.
HB Pencil and kneadable eraser. If you like line work to help with your painting, you will want a soft lead that won’t gouge your paper.