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My Favorite Watercolor Supplies

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One of the hardest parts of getting started with any creative medium is knowing what materials to buy. While a lot of things are trial and error based on what works for you, I wanted to share some of my current go-to art supplies as a watercolor artist! 

I have been using watercolor paints almost exclusively for the last 3 years and during that time I have learned so much about what works well for me. I have also had the opportunity to try new supplies! I am always looking for more new paints to try but these are my favorites as of right now!

Watercolor paper

Canson Mixed Media 7×10″ Sketchbook 

This is by far my favorite sketchbook to date! I have tried several other sketchbooks, but this is still my absolute favorite one! the paper quality and size are great and I haven’t had issues with the pages folding or coming out of the journal.

Grab it on Amazon for about $15.

Canson 9×12″ 140lb Watercolor Paper 

This paper is perfect for getting started or smaller illustrations. I like to use this for quicker paintings I do or illustrations that I will be digitizing later! 

Grab it on Amazon for about $12. It is currently on sale for $5.97!

Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper 

This is my favorite paper right now! I love to use it for my bigger or more detailed pieces. As the price is quite a bit higher, I make sure I use it for that paintings that I am spending more time on.

Grab it on Amazon for about $50-$70 depending on size.

Paints & Inks

Grumbacher Academy Watercolor Paints 

I initially purchased Grumbacher watercolor paints because they were an affordable option to get started with watercolor painting. I was immediately impressed with the quality and selection of color at a great price! Here are my go-to colors in my palette.  *These are the ones that I cannot live without.

Purples, Pinks, and Reds

Blues, Greens and Blacks

Yellows, Oranges, and Browns

Grab the starter set on Amazon for about $30

Coliro Colors Finetec Gold Palette

I cannot tell you how much I love this palette. These paints are my all-time favorite paints! The quality and opacity of these paints are incredible! I absolutely swear by these! Seriously, all their palettes are amazing so check them out!

Grab this palette on Amazon for about $21.

Liquitex Iridescent Antique Gold Acrylic Paint

I love this antique gold paint.  The color is on the green side of the spectrum and is perfect for touching up antique frames and adding gold to pressed flowers! 

Grab this on Amazon for about $10.

Koh-i-noor Travel Paint Wheel

I was sent this palette to try and it is absolutely amazing! This is an amazing starter palette or an inexpensive addition to your collection! The colors or vibrant and it doesn’t take up much space!

Grab it on Amazon for about $10.

Liquitex White Guoache

This is my favorite white paint to use for any white details in my paints. I will also add it to watercolors to create an opaque pastel color should I need one.

Grab it on Amazon for about $11.

Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground

If you ever want to use watercolor on a surface that you can’t paint over, watercolor ground is the answer. It makes any surface paintable! I use it over gold leaf, on wood, over acrylic, etc… It makes everything even more versatile!

Grab it on amazon for about $13.

Gold Leaf and Adhesive

24k Gold Leaf

I absolutely love gold leaf! I use the real 24k gold leaf in all of my original paintings. The quality makes a huge difference! This won’t burnish or change with time.

Grab it on Amazon for about $52 for 25 sheets.

Imitation Gold Leaf

A much more affordable option, I use imitation gold leaf in smaller illustrations and to embellish prints or stickers. I love how easy it is to use!

Grab it on Amazon for about $8 for 100 sheets.

Guilding Adhesive

This is how I adhere my gold leaf and pressed flowers. Also known as size, this adhesive is water-based and liquidy, which makes it really easy to use in multiple places!

Grab it on Amazon for about $7.

Brushes & Pens

Watercolor Brushes

I believe that the paintbrush you are drawn to can vary so significantly by each person and their painting style & needs.  However, here are some of the brush sizes I always keep on hand. Please note that some of these aren’t the exact brushes I use, but they are the closest I could find online. 

Winsor & Newton Cotman 0000 Round Brush (exact brush)
Winsor & Newton Cotman 000 Round Brush (exact brush)
Winsor & Newton Cotman 00 Round Brush (exact brush)
Princeton Neptune 0 Round Brush (exact brush)
Princeton Neptune 2 Round Brush
Princeton Neptune 6 Round Brush
Princeton Neptune 8 Round Brush
Princeton Neptune 1 Script Liner Brush (exact brush)

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens

I seriously love these brush pens.  They are perfect for hand lettering and for adding lines to paintings. I also use these for linework in a drawing or painting.

Grab it on Amazon for about $6.

Micron Fine Liners

These are by far my favorite fine liners and I have tried several brands. They last really well, the tips are great quality and the don’t bleed like some of the others. I love using these for small line details and signing my paintings. 

Grab these on Amazon for about $10.

Technology and Equipment

Canon 60D DSLR Camera & Lenses

I initially purchased my camera for portrait and fine art photography. Now, I use it to film my vlogs and time-lapse videos and to take high-quality photographs of my paintings for social media and creating prints. Keep in mind that it only films in 12-minute intervals. But I absolutely LOVE this camera. I use two lenses with it. The 18-135 is a zoom lens that allows variety in distance and the 50mm is the closest to what you physically see which I use for close details. The 50mm is by far my favorite lens!

Grab the Canon 60D on Amazon for about $950.

Grab the 18-135mm lens on Amazon for about $350.

Grab the 50mm lens on Amazon for about $125.

Vanguard Alta Pro Tripod with Grip

OMG, this tripod is amazing. Seriously. Not only can I use it upright, I have complete control over the direction of the camera and the tripod.  It’s pretty awesome. I can set it up to film paintings from above or upright to film myself. It’s one of the best purchases I made for filming. 

Grab it on Amazon for about $189.

Printer

I don’t like my current printer very much, so I don’t want to recommend it. Once I have one I can recommend I will update this section. But note that you can use most photo printers!

Epson Velvet Fine Art Printer Paper

This paper is a beautifully textured paper that mimics the look of watercolor paper but is created for an Epson printer. It is perfect for fine art prints of my watercolor paintings! While the cost is definitely more than your average paper, it is worth it for beautiful prints.

Grab it on Amazon for about $30. Note that sometimes this is difficult to find. Walmart also carries it.

Happy Painting!

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