Introduction to Watercolor Materials list


Instructor: Jessica Joy Meyer
Materials List
Thank you for signing up for this course. I designed this list with the beginning student in mind. I am listing the minimum materials required. After beginning this course you may find that you will want to expand your palette or find the addition of gouache to be interesting or helpful. I recommend Jerry’s Artarama in Raleigh, NC as a place to find your materials. I am leaving a list with the manager but it is helpful to bring this supply list with you when shopping for your materials. If you have any questions please contact me by email and I will respond quickly. I look forward to meeting you, Joy.

1. Paint: Please purchase tube style paints NOT pan style there is a difference in application and pimentation. I recommend Windsor & Newton 5ml tubes (the smallest tubes) are a great way to start out and see which colors you prefer or favor. Some of this paint is unsafe for children and pets so please store your tubes of paint with care.

• Red: Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson
• Blue: Ultramarine, Cobolt, Cerulean
• Yellow: Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow
• Earth/Neutral: Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Warm Sepia
• Others: [although you can mix colors like green and purple I find it is helpful to have a few in the
toolbox] Pthalo Green, Ultramarine Violet
• Optional: Fun colors like neon or other favorite shades

2. Brushes: Watercolor brushes are shorter than oil and acrylic brushes. Sable brushes are the very best you can buy but not necessary for making a beginning student. I recommend the Winsor & Newton Cotman series synthetic brushes (the blue handled brushes). Brushes need to “match” the size of the work you are making. We are going to be working in a smaller scale leading up to a 18×24 work. The brushes I am recommending will work for the paper we will be using.

• Wash Brush: This doesn’t need to be a name brand just have a good snap to the bristles. It will be used to cover wide areas and used to wet the paper in our wet-on-wet demo. I use a 2” wash for most of my work. Brushes can be very pricey so I am recommending a minimum requirement. Feel free to add to your collection as we progress. Also I will teach proper brush care which will ensure that your brushes can last you for years.
• Mop Brush: 16mm or 5/8” series 999 Cotman
• One Stroke: 19mm or 3/4” series 666 Cotman
• Round Brush: 3 brushes from Series 111, (small, medium, large) Try one each size 4, 7, 10 or something in a range like this.
• Fan brush of your choice
• Optional: can try other brush sizes in an inexpensive brand or pack of brushes if you desire to add variety to your mark making. But this is not necessary.

3. Paper – It is useful to buy a pad of inexpensive water medium paper to test out your paint on and try out new strokes. For you finished product you will want to buy nicer paper. Please buy good quality watercolor paper in sizes that can be painted on our table tops. I find it helpful to buys sheets of Arches watercolor paper and trim it down into four sheets of paper. Try out a variety of Hot and Cold Press papers. They have different surface textures and absorb the paint differently.
• cheap pad of mix media paint paper
• a pad or block of nicer paper (your choice cold or hot press)
• 1-2 large sheets of Arches watercolor paper bring rolled to class

4. Additional Supplies
• 2-3 Tall water containers to fill with water. I use large plastic yogurt containers for this but Jerry’s sells Speedball plastic jar 32 oz with lids. These are helpful for the traveling artist.
• Palate with a cover (this will hold the paints that we squeeze out of our tubes)
• Paper Towels
• Sponges
• Something to mix color in can be a small enamel butcher tray (or a disposable pie plate works too)
• Kneadable eraser, sketchbook, drawing pencils are handy for mapping out your composition or capturing your ideas
• Masking tape or “artists tape”
• Masking fluid
• Pictures of art that inspires you (please bring this the first day of class)