I ‘m often asked what supplies I use for different projects, so I’ve included a list here of the most common. Sometimes I simply use the supplies that are most readily available where I am, others were recommended to me and others I’ve found through trial and error.
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Watercolour Painting Supplies
The main watercolours I use are a set of 24 professional colours from Windsor and Newton.
I have some individual paints in half pans from Daniel Smith *, as listed below that I added into my palette.
- Buff Titanium
- Lunar Blue
I also have some Cotman watercolours, also from Windsor and Newton. These are their student grade watercolours and are a great option if you’re getting started.
I have a set of 6 gold and silver paints from Kuretake
For practice, I like using these watercolour paper pads from Cass Arts. They’re acid free and 300gsm – so are perfectly good for any type of watercolour painting. They reasonably priced and come in pads of 50 sheets so I never need to worry about saving them for my best work and I’m happy to use them for swatching and playing around. However, the paint does dry quickly and doesn’t flow quite so nicely as it does on cotton paper.
I really like these watercolour blocks from Arches. The paper is lovely and being on a block means that the paper is gummed on four sides so you don’t need to stretch it and can use lots of water on it without it buckling. I used both the cold pressed and hot pressed version of this paper. (Hot pressed paper is smooth, while cold pressed has some of that iconic watercolour paper texture!)
I have quite a few Pro Arte Watercolour Brushes.
For painting with gouache, I use my synthetic watercolour brushes (not the sable ones, they don’t hold their shape when used with the thicker paint!) and I paint onto both watercolour paper and into my sketchbooks, see the other sections on this page for links!
I got a set of Windsor and Newton Designer Gouache which contained ten basic colours. I have then supplemented with a few extras bought from my local art shop. One of the reasons I have so much Windsor and Newton is that it’s available either in sets or individual tubes from shops local to me!
- Venetian Red
- Burnt Umber
- Titanium White
I like a fine-liner pen and, though I have the odd pen that is a pigma micron, I generally use uni-pin pens in a whole range of nib sizes. There’s very little difference between the two!
For adding colour, especially adding white to a watercolour painting, I like using Posca acrylic markers.
I have two sets of 0.7mm Acrylograph Pens by Archer and Olive. In the UK, I have bought mine from Miso Paper.
- Jewel Tone
- Cool Fall
I love a square, spiral bound sketchbook and these from Jackson’s Art are great! I have a few different sizes.
My bullet journal is a 8×8 dot grid journal from Archer and Olive. I love the weight of the paper and it’s very nice to draw on.
I got my x-cut xpress for printing from The Range. I believe these have been discontinued but they sometimes come into stock or you can find them in store or second hand.
I use pfeil cutting tools*. I have long since lost the packaging but believe I have 12/1, 9/2 and 9/5.
I use traditional grey hessian backed lino*.