This is a list of supplies I have developed which will serve you well, no matter what your watercolor project may be.  Start with *green ones.  Then, move to additional convenience colors

Some are better purchased on line. 

http://www.dickblick.com  (fastest delivery)


Get these from on-line suppliers

PAINTS - from Winsor Newton(to save money, you can purchase only supplies in *green, and you will be fine.)  I find Winsor Newton paints very reliable.  Stick with the professional grade.


*Winsor Lemon Yellow
*Permanent Rose
*Thalo Blue (or Winsor Blue Green Shade)  This pigment stains, so be careful with it

*Manganese Blue


*Scarlet Lake
*New Gamboge

*French Ultramarine Blue

Quinacridone Gold
Viridian or Winsor Green Blue Shade - different than blue-green shade
Permanent Sap Green
Winsor Violet or Dioxanine Violet
Paynes Grey
Raw Sienna
Burnt Sienna
Cobalt Blue
Winsor Orange

Permanent Magenta

Winsor Newton White Gouache

PAPER - *Arches (Do not substitute)  140# cold press.  (I buy 22 inches by 30 inches and cut it up.)

(I have tried these brushes, and they are a good starter brush)
*Blick Golden Taklon - Round, #4, #8, #14;  1/2" and 1" flat.  Robert Simmons works well, also.

PALETTE - *Mijello travel palette (scroll down to see how I arrange my palette) 

Saral graphite transfer paper
Pebeo Gum Resist  (They call it drawing gum.  Be sure you get this brand)
Holbein Sprayer​

Supplies you can find at Hobby Lobby or Walmart

Rubber Cement Remover  (Looks like a little rubber square - in with glues at Hobby Lobby)
Kneaded eraser
Fine Mist Sprayer
Small Nozzle Bottle
White Pastel pencil
Synthetic and Natural Sponge
Palette knife

Supplies you can find at home or the grocery store

*Viva Paper Towels or Kleenex type tissue with no perfume)
Dish Soap or bar soap (very small amount)
Utility knife
Fine Point pen
Magic Eraser Cleaning Pad
Fine tip Sharpie
Scotch magic tape

Two small water containers, about the size of a 1-pint jar.

barbara sparks

Watercolor artist and teacher