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Watercolor Supply List

The following is a list of materials for our watercolor workshops and classes.  Professional grade materials are always recommended.

The following is a list of materials needed for our watercolor workshops and classes.  Professional grade materials are always recommended.  Your paintings and your enjoyment will only be as good as the tools you use.


Masking tape and a waterproof board or surface to secure your paper.

Masking fluid, paper towels, terry rag, Mr. Clean magic eraser,

PAPER:  A rough or cold pressed good quality watercolor paper is essential. Arches and Cheap Joe’s Kilimanjaro 140# full sheets, pads or blocks are preferred.  Full sheets, 22’x30” in multi-packs, are more affordable and available online.

PALETTE:  A full-size watercolor palette with a lid is also necessary. Please have your tube paints emptied into your palette and ready to use when you arrive.  In a pinch, a white dinner plate will do for extra space for mixing colors.

BRUSHES:  Please bring an assortment of Round and Flat brushes in a variety of sizes plus a rigger, a fan brush & a scrubber. Watercolor brushes that are synthetics or blends are fine.

PAINTS:  We use & recommend professional grade tube watercolor paint as opposed to student grade and pan paint.  There are many quality brands. Golden QoR Watercolors, Mission Gold, Holbein, M.Graham, Daniel Smith & Cheap Joe’s American Journey paints are all highly recommended and used in our classes.  Choose a warm (yellow shade) and a cool (blue shade) of each of the 3 primary colors plus any colors you especially enjoy.  The color list below is simply a guide.

We have listed possible choices plus a few extras.  
Select ONE of each color category for starters.

REDS:     Cool:  Alizarin Crimson, Any Rose colors or Quinacridone Red
Warm:  Cadmium Red, Pyrrole Red, Scarlet or Permanent Red

BLUES:   Cool:  Cobalt, Phthalo Blue or Maganese
Warm:  Ultramarine, French Ultramarine and/or Cerulean Blue

YELLOWS:   Cool:  Lemon, Aureolin, Hansa Light, Cadmium Yellow Light, or Bismuth
Warm:  Cadmium Yellow Medium or Deep, New Gamboge, Indian, Quinacridone Gold 

GREENS:  Cool: Viridian or Sap green
Warm:  Hooker’s or Permanent green light

DARKS: Dioxazine Purple & Neutral Tint. Also Payne’s Grey or Indigo Blue.

EARTHTONES: Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna and Quinacridone Burnt Orange or Quinacridone Gold and Burnt Umber, Vandyke brown or Sepia

WHITE:  White Gouache or Dr. Ph Martin’s Bleed Proof White in small jar or Titanium white watercolor

OPTIONAL IMPACT COLORS can be any that spark your creativity. These are my favorites:  Peacock, Quinacridone Coral, Cadmium Orange, Naples Yellow, Opera, Cobalt Teal, Turquoise, Leaf green, Phthalo Green, Cobalt Violet, Ultramarine-Violet, Lavender & Mauve.


Quilter’s water-erasable pen or #2 pencil, kneaded eraser, spray bottle, color wheel &light blue graphite transfer paper.   Red Brick Gallery supplies the water containers for class.

**You may rent all the needed supplies for $15 per class session.