Traditional Painting Supply List (Watercolor)
Traditional Painting Supply List (Watercolor)
The following supply list contains the materials that you will need to execute a
traditional watercolor painting in this class. They can be purchased at any area
art supply store such as Art Media, Aaron Brothers or Michael’s.
The supplies with an “*” should be purchased by student to participate in this
I have many of the drawing and painting materials on hand in a limited supply.
Depending on the number students, my personal supplies may be shared. Keep
in mind that supplies you choose not to purchase may not be available you to
use if there are more students than tools and materials available.
•Number 2 lead pencils (If you already have drawing pencils with leads higher
than number 2 you may want to use them. A pencil study of your subject is
sometimes helpful in working out some of the bugs of how to execute your
•Graphic white pencil eraser
•Spiral sketch book (no smaller than 11” X 14”, no larger than 18” X 24”)
•Tracing paper pad
•Student “T” square (no shorter than 24”)
•Student drafting triangle (no shorter than 8”)
•Portable wood drawing board with metal edge for both rendering layout and for
mounting and stretching watercolor paper for the painting process
*Watercolor Paper- pad or single sheets. No smaller than 9”x12”, your choice of
hot press (smooth), cold press (textured) or rough (expatriated texture)
*Gouache and Watercolor Paints-in tubes or dry cake pallet (Gouache paints are
*Graphic White-usually comes in a small jar.
Light Cadmium Yellow
*Watercolor Tray-for mixing paint colors.
*Brushes-purchase pure sable Flats or Brights (square tip) and Rounds. Purchase
brush sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16. Your brushes are extremely important in
the execution of your work. If you can only afford four out of eight brush sizes,
purchase those sizes underlined (in the flat or bright category because they are
the most versatile). I strongly recommend that you try to obtain the other sizes
as you progress. You will find yourself using five or six brushes to render
different aspects of a painting in one sitting.
•Felt-Tipped Watercolor Nip (you can achieve a ruling edge in any color)
•Painting Rags (A thick, highly absorbent paper towel such as Job Squad can be
Cleanup and Brush Care Note:
Your brushes are one of your most important and expensive investments. The
cleaning and conditioning of your brushes after use is essential. Neglecting your
brushes will cause them to fan out. You will want to first rinse out any paint from
your brushes with water. Keep brushes submerged in water jar until ready for
When using a masking fluid, coat your dry brush with soap or shampoo first.
Then dip coated brush in masking fluid to apply to area you desire to mask. This
will protect your watercolor brushes from being permanently gummed with the
rubber cement based masking fluid.
Thoroughly, but gently, wash brushes with shampoo and carefully wipe them dry
with a rag at the end of each painting session.
These books are available at your public library. I suggest trying to get a hold of
them because they are a good resource of information for traditional painters. As
you progress in your craft you will probably want to purchase a small selection of
similar books in your home where they are readily available.
•Blue and Yellow Don’t Make Green
•Fabri, Ralph. Artist’s Guide to Composition
•Famous Artist School Step By Step Method, Fortina Famous Artist Library. How
to Draw the Human Figure
•Gordon, Louise. How to Draw the Human Figure, an Anatomical Approach
•Metzger, Philip. Perspective without Pain
End Note: After reviewing your supply list you may have a number of adverse
reactions. Intermediate painters may already have most of these supplies in
their possession. Beginners undoubtedly will question themselves “Do I want to
make this type of financial investment to peruse a hobby?” This is a question
only you can answer. I, once again, liken the financial investment to the time
investment of learning an instrument. When you decide to learn to play an
instrument you must make an initial financial investment in the instrument itself.
However, unlike a musical instrument, your painting supplies do not retain their
resale value once they are used should you decide traditional painting (or
painting of any kind) is not for you. If you are an artistic person you probably
have to admit that within you is a deep desire to express your creative
personality. The only way to know if this particular discipline of painting is the
form of artistic expression you’ve been looking for is to try it.
Think of the optional items on this supply list as an artist’s wish list. If you
continue to expand and develop your artistic skills you will find you want to also
develop a private collection of tools and supplies. Unfortunately, as an artist you
can expect your artist’s wish list to grow proportionally to your passion to create.
Over time you can learn about and collect the tools that will enhance your
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