It is important and necessary to use good watercolor paper.
Arches 140# sheets or blocks are preferred. Fabriano, Cheap Joe’s Kilamanjaro and Winsor Newton are also fine watercolor papers. Note: We do NOT recommend Strathmore or Canson waterpapers.
-A good watercolor palette with a lid is also important; you should have your paints in your palette ready to use when you arrive for class. Please bring a variety of brush sizes and types, masking tape and a waterproof board or surface, a little large than your paper.
-Our watercolor teachers recommend Artists grade tube watercolor paint as opposed to pan paint. Most professional grade paint brands are interchangeable; they include Holbein, M.Graham, Winsor Newton, Daniel Smith, American Journey, & DiVinci watercolors.
Bring any colors you especially enjoy. This list below is simply a guide. Please don’t think you have to buy new paints and brushes.
Have a warm (yellow shade) and a cool (blue shade) color of each of the three primary colors.
We have listed possible choices plus a few extras.
Cool Reds: Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Rose, Scarlet Lake, Quinacridone Red
Warm Reds: Cadmium Red, Scarlet, Vermillion, Winsor Red, Permanent Red
Cool Blues: Winsor Blue, Cobalt Blue, Phthalo Blue, Prussian Blue
Warm Blues: Ultramarine, Cerulean Blue
Cool Yellows: Lemon, Azo, Auroelin, Hansa, Winsor Yellow, Cad Yellow Light
Warm yellows: Cadmium Yellow Medium, Gamboge, Indian, Quinacridone Gold
4) Greens: Cool: Viridian, Winsor Green AND Warm: Hooker’s Green, Sap green
5) Browns: Cool: Burnt Umber AND Warm: Burnt Sienna, Quin Burnt Orange
6) Darks: Dioxazine Purple AND Payne’s Grey or Indigo Blue
7) White Gouache: Dr. Ph Martin’s Bleed Proof White in small jar (Optional, but very useful) OR any titanium white tube watercolor.
Optional Impact colors can be any that spark your creativity such as Peacock, Coral, Orange, Opera, Teal, Turquoise, Cobalt Violet, Ultramarine Violet, Mauve & Prussian Blue.
*Red Brick Gallery supplies the water containers; please bring anything else you feel you will need in class. (Masking fluid, paper towels, etc.)