Here is a short list of materials and equimpent I currently use and I recommend. I cover all of this in detail in my Online Watercolor School.
Any paper that is made of 100% cotton will be fine. I can recommend Arches or Winsor&Newton professional watercolor paper (not the classic version), both cold press, 140 lbs (300 gsm). On other papers you may get slightly or very different results. The size of the paintings ranges between A5 (5.8″ x 8.3″, 14,8 x 21 cm) and half imperial (15″ x 22″, 38 x 56 cm).
Any set of round watercolor brushes will be fine. I use Escoda Versatil brushes in various sizes, mostly: 0, 2, 4, 8, 10, 16. We will also need a scrubber brush (eradicator), for example Winsor&Newton Galeria (long handle) or Princeton Snap! bright shader. An old brushes for applying masking fluid will come in handy as well as any bigger wash brush for the backgrounds, but a round 16 will be fine too.
I recommend using artist quality paints because they are more intense and efficient. The particular brand does not matter as long as you use artist quality paints. More important are pigments. I use mostly single-pigment colors (but you don’t have to!). For each project I use on avarage 3-10 colors. Below you can download a full list of the colors on my palette. This is a conversion chart I have prepared for those of you who use Daniel Smith paints.
- masking fluid (I use Winsor&Newton with a yellow tinge)
- a light pad (I use Huion, a size A3)
- an HB pencil
- an eraser
- a kneaded eraser
- a gatorboard or a drawing board
- a masking tape
- a paper towel
- porcelain/ceramic plates for mixing colors
- a hairdryer
- water containers
- a spray bottle
- a pinch of joy
- a handful of patience
- a jar of excitement
- a cup of coffee/tea
Let’s get started! :)