Watercolour Supply Shop
Starting watercolour classes doesn't have to make your wallet weep! You might be surprised at how little you need to get started:
- a round watercolour brush, size 4 or 6 recommended
- watercolour paper (140 lb. hot or cold press)
- watercolour paint
- something to mix paint on - a plastic palette or even an old dinner plate
- a cup of water
Other things that are not necessary but are nice to have are:
- a paper towel or two
- a pencil and eraser
- washi or masking tape (Michaels usually has rolls for 50 cents!)
- a white gel pen or white paint
If you need a little more guidance, I've included a list of my favourites below.
If you're having trouble choosing your own supplies or have no idea where to start, here are a few suggestions of products I've tried. If you do buy watercolour tubes individually, I'd recommend having the primary colours (red, yellow, and blue) along with black – you can mix the rest.
* Amazon links are affiliate links but I provided links to better-priced options where available. Make sure you shop around for the pricier items like Arches and Silver brushes!
- GOOD: Winsor & Newton Cotman, Size 6 Round (Michaels)
- BETTER: Wonder Forest Brush Set (Amazon)
- BEST: Silver Black Velvet, Size 6 Round (Delta Art)
- GOOD: Strathmore 8x10" Sheets, 10 Sheets (Amazon)
- BETTER: Wonder Forest 9x12" Pad, 20 Sheets (Amazon)
BEST: Arches 9x12" Block, 10 Sheets (Delta Art)
- GOOD: Arteza Pans, Set of 12 (Amazon)
- BETTER: Winsor & Newton Cotman Tubes Set (Amazon) or Grumbacher Academy Paint Tubes (Michaels)
BEST: Winsor & Newton Professional Tubes (Michaels)