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Supply List for Watercolor Classes


Please bring the watercolor paints you are accustomed to using. At a minimum you will need a yellow, a red, a blue, and a way to get a dark. If you are unsure of what to bring, I suggest the following minimum set of paints.

  • Primary yellow (for example, cadmium yellow or winsor yellow)
  • Deep yellow (for example, new gamboge or indian yellow)
  • Raw sienna or yellow ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Cerulean Blue or cobalt blue
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Cadmium red light, cadmium red, or quinacridone red
  • Rose or crimson (for example, permanent rose, quinacridone rose, or permanent alizarin crimson)
  • Thalo green
  • Thalo blue


If you have experience with watercolor, bring the brushes you are accustomed to using. If you are new to watercolor, you will need a couple of round brushes --- a #8 and a #10 or #12 --- and a 1 1/2" flat brush. A size 6 round can occasionally be useful for touches of detail.

Sable brushes are my favorite watercolor brushes, but they cost a small fortune. Sable/synthetic blends, such as the Winsor and Newton Sceptre Gold brushes, are a good compromise, cheaper than a pure sable but still pricey in larger sizes. Synthetics, such as white sables or golden taklons, are the least expensive and work reasonably well; in fact, many artists prefer them. Choose what fits your budget.


Bring sheets or blocks of cold pressed 140 lb. watercolor paper. I prefer Arches for most purposes.

Other materials

  • Watercolor palette.
  • 2 - 24 oz. or larger plastic containers for water (food containers work well)
  • Kitchen sponge
  • Pencil (standard household pencil)
  • Eraser - either white plastic or kneaded rubber
  • Spray bottle
  • Paper towels (Bounty works best)
  • 3/4" artists' tape or bulldog clips if you are using single sheets of paper; if you are using a watercolor block, you don't need tape
  • Masonite drawing board, gatorboard, or other rigid working surface if you are using single sheets of paper; you don't need a drawing board if you are working from a watercolor block.
  • Small sketch book or cheap paper for preliminary sketches

Reference Materials

If the class is not using a live model, you will need to bring reference materials from which to work. At the first class, we will discuss how to select photos as reference material.