Supplies List for Watercolor Class:

  • Watercolor paper. Recommend Arches 140 lb cold pressed or Fabriano 140 lb cold pressed; however, if you’re on a budget, choose the best paper you can afford but not less than 90lb weight or the paper will fight you all the way. Best to get is a pad from Arches 9 x 12 which will allow you to fit your drawing into the center and also tape off a white border if that appeals to you. ( I always paint to the edge of my paper using every square inch for painting.) Arches pads are fairly affordable at about $15 for 15 sheets.

  • Several watercolor brushes. I mostly use round brushes. You’ll want a small (#2), a medium sized (#8 or #10) and a larger brush (#12 or bigger). If you have a 1” or 2” flat wash brush, that is extremely useful as well.

  • As with paper, there is a big difference in types of paint. If you’re on a budget, student grade paints will work. If you can afford professional level paints, I recommend M. Graham watercolors for their vibrancy and value pricing. Most basic colors would include: Azo Yellow; Quinacridone Rose; Naphthol Red; Ultramarine Blue; Hooker or Sap Green; Dioxizine Purple; Nickel Quinacridone Gold; Phthalocycline Green; Cerulean Blue; Peynes Gray; Burnt Sienna

  • Watercolor sketchbook for color testing & notetaking

  • A water-resistant board to tape your paper to

  • Painters (“blue” or “frog”) or artist’s tape (“neutral”) to tape your paper to board

  • Pencil and kneaded eraser

  • Water bucket and old towels or rags

  • Paper towel

  • For individual projects, I may add simple items to this list (i.e., salt, alcohol)

  • Access to a home printer is helpful to print the handouts I send you and to enlarge or down-size the drawing I’ve sent you to trace onto your paper.

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Supplies List for Beginning Pen & Ink with Watercolor Class:

  • Paper. Recommend Arches 140 lb HOT pressed or Fabriano 140 lb HOT pressed. Another budget-friendly option is a paper designed for mixed media such as the Canson Mixed Media Artboard pad. These are less good for the watercolor part but excellent for the pen, and our focus on this project will be the pen. Always get the best paper you can afford but not less than 90lb weight or the paper will fight you all the way. Do not get smaller than 9 x 12 inches. 

  • Pens. The main consideration with pens is THEY MUST BE PERMANENT! If they are not permanent, you cannot paint over them without your line work bleeding into a mess. You will want a variety of sizes which you can get in a small packet. Prismacolor and Micron have packets of 5 or 6 pens that will cover your needs. In case you have pens already, the sizes we will be using most are .3mm, .5mm, and .25mm or less. If you have a good "ultra fine Sharpie" that will cover the .5mm size. If you have the thicker "Fine Sharpie" we may use that at some point, too, but we're always going to start with the smaller finer pens for a more elegant result. If you own a mechanical pen or a calligraphic pen that uses india ink and you are comfortable with these, then go for it. For our purposes, we are sticking with "permanent pens and permanent markers" because they are so convenient and deliver good results. 

  • Brushes. Several watercolor brushes. I mostly use round brushes. You’ll want a small (#2), a medium sized (#8 or #10) and a larger brush (#12 or bigger). If you have a 1” or 2” flat wash brush, that is extremely useful as well.

  • Paints. As with paper, there is a big difference in types of paint. If you’re on a budget, student grade paints will work. If you can afford professional level paints, I recommend M. Graham watercolors for their vibrancy and value pricing. Most basic colors would include reds, yellows and blues, and greens. You don't need a lot of colors but whatever you have in your set can be of service.

  • Other paper:  Scrap paper and sketchbook for color testing & note-taking

  • A water-resistant board to tape your paper to

  • Painters (“blue” or “frog”) or artist’s tape (“neutral”) to tape your paper to board

  • Pencil and kneaded eraser

  • Water bucket and old towels or rags

  • Paper towel

  • For individual projects, I may add simple items to this list (i.e., salt, alcohol)

  • Access to a home printer is helpful to print the handouts I send you and to enlarge or down-size the drawing I’ve sent you to trace onto your paper.

If you go the the Merri Artist Art Store in McMinnville, Oregon, you will have the most delightful shopping experience by artists who own their own art supply store. Prices are great. Find my name and promo code on their website for 10% off.