Exploring Watercolor

Note from the instructor:

You may bring brands or items that are different than listed, I understand there are a lot of options, however it is highly recommended that supplies are selected in the artist grade category to ensure the best success in class. The brands listed are suggestions only, not requirements.

I will have reference photos available relevant to demonstration topics presented, however, the reference photo is really the spark, connection, and information that everything is built upon so having a quality reference photo is ideal to having a successful project. 

What makes a good reference photo? Quality of information- photo is large enough to see, not blurry, has natural colors, and good lighting.

Suggested Supplies


Brands: M Graham, Windsor and Newton, Da Vinci, Daniel Smith

Tube paint. A couple of colors in each color family is a great place to start building your palette: azo yellow, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, raw umber, quinacridone rose, cadmium red, alizarin crimson,permanent green light, phthalo green, phthalo blue, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue


Brands: Princeton, Windsor newton

Recommended sizes: flat wash 1 1/2inch brush, 1inch flat, ½ inch flat, numbers 8, 6, 3, 2 rounds (Inexpensive flat wash, Mid range, Pro)


Bring what you have, or something similar to this


Recommended brand: Arches cold press 140lb bright or natural white. Recommended size full sheet 22x30 or 16x20 or as a block (minimum size 9x12)


white eraser


1 mechanical pencil


Masking tape/ artist tape

Liquid masking fluid 

Foam board or gator board if working by individual paper sheet

Art supply resources

Blick Art Supply links for reference are included above, but other online sources for art supplies are Jerry’s Artarama, Cheap Joe’s, and Amazon.

If you’d like to shop in person, these are some great options as well:

Tri Dee Arts (Mt Vernon)

ARTspot (Edmonds) We are not affiliated, but this is a fantastic place to shop for quality supplies!

Daniel Smith (Redmond/SODO)

Artist and Craftsman Supply (U-district and Tacoma)

Blick Art Supply (Capitol Hill)

Ben Franklin and Michaels are fine too, but selection can be limited.