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Seattle Watercolor Meetup Group Message Board › Basic Supplies

Basic Supplies

Megan Davis S.
Group Organizer
Seattle, WA
Post #: 41
A new member was asking about supplies, so I sent her the following in email, then decided to post it for others with the same question. I welcome other members to add their own suggestions, or point out flaws in mine by commenting on this post. Thanks!

If you know you want to get more serious about watercolor painting, I wrote a blog post that covers supplies. http://meganseagren.b...­

If you're just getting started and aren't sure if you want to invest very much in it at this point, then here are some suggestions:

If you can wait for mail order, you'll save money. Here are two beginner sets from Cheap Joes:

6 colors: http://www.cheapjoes....­
12 colors: http://www.cheapjoes....­

Locally, I checked out supplies for beginners at Artists and Craftsman in the University District. They have inexpensive beginner kits, and if you're not sure you'll stick with watercolor painting, this might be the way to go. If you do this, bear in mind that these "student-grade" materials will be a bit harder to work with than artist-grade materials are.

Another option would be to buy very limited quantities of artist-grade supplies. If you decide to do this, I suggest the following:

A watercolor palette ($4). http://www.artistcraf...­

Something to put your paper on, such as gatorboard and a clip or some blue painters tape to hold it there.

Combination natural hair and synthetic watercolor brushes - #8 round, 1/4" flat, 1" flat.
Optional: #4 round, #12 round, 1/2" flat, 2" squirrel flat (These brushes would be fine: http://www.artistcraf...­)

1 or 2 sheets of 22X30 Arches cold-pressed watercolor paper (about $5 each)

5 ML sizes of the Windsor and Newton Artists (not Cotman) brand paint. You can buy a basic set of 5 tubes and mix all of your colors from them. I suggest the following (About $6 each):

New Gamboge
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Raw Sienna
French Ultramarine
Permanent Sap Green

Cerulean Blue
Burnt Umber
Cadmium Yellow
patty s.
user 45229272
Seattle, WA
Post #: 1
looking forward to this session..wish I could attend time.
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