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.
For most of my projects I have used Arches cold press, 140 lbs (300 gsm), 100% cotton paper. Any paper that is made of 100% cotton will be fine. 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 A3 (12″ x 16″, 30 x 40 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. Additionally I have a 1″ (25 mm) flat brush for backgrounds and old brushes for applying masking fluid.
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 7-10 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.
- Art 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 drawing board
- a masking tape
- a paper towel
- porcelain/ceramic plates for mixing colors
- a hairdryer
- water containers
- a pinch of joy
- a handful of patience
- a jar of excitement
- a cup of coffee/tea
Let’s get started! 🙂