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☐  Watercolor Paper: 140# or higher. I highly recommend the Fluid Watercolor block as it will save the need for a separate support to tape your paper down to with  tape. Otherwise the Canson 9x12 watercolor pad makes a good practice paper but you'll need the 11x14 waterproof support that you can tape you paper down to on all edges while you paint.

IMPORTANT - When you use a watercolor block, you don't remove your paper from the block until after you have finished painting.

☐  Watercolor Paint:
You will need transparent watercolor paint to include the following:  M. Graham Watercolor Paints in 0.5-ounce tubes

  • Quinacradone Rose

  • Pyrolle Red or Cad. Red Medium

  • Hansa Yellow or Cad. Yellow Pale

  • New Gamboge

  • Pthalocyanine Blue

  • Ultramarine Blue

  • Burnt Sienna

  • Paynes Gray

  • Sap Green

  • Yellow Ochre

NOTE: I highly recommend professional level paint even for the beginner, because much of the watercolor learning curve is the paint. Here is an affiliate link to my favorite paint that is made in Oregon.  M. Graham Watercolor Paints in 0.5-ounce tubes on Amazon. Use the pulldown color menu to select each color and add to your cart.

☐  Brushes:
You will need a variety of brushes and should have a least these 7 brushes:

NOTE: Watercolor brushes are designed to hold water. Other brushes for oil or acrylic do not hold water in sufficient quantities to be satisfactory.

Good quality watercolor brushes should last for many years. My favorite brushes are Rosemary Brushes. I would appreciate you adding my code BOBBEALMER in the coupon/affiliate box at checkout. These brushes are handmade in England and they are the best I've ever used, plus they are very competitively priced. You will not regret getting good quality brushes to learn watercolor painting.

☐ Palette - rectangular or other palette that offers large flat areas for mixing colors. Small wells and round palettes do not work well. My palette is a Mijello Fusion Airtight/Leakproof Palette.
☐ Support and Masking tape     (You'll need a waterproof board 11x14 or larger and masking tape if you do not have the watercolor block.)
White Hi-Polymer Eraser

Art Mask and a cheap disposable brush to apply

Canson Tracing Paper

graphite transfer (carbon) paper, for transferring the image


Other items you'll need:

☐ 12" Plastic see through ruler
☐ 1 quart or larger empty plastic container for rinse water
☐ Paper towels & tissues
☐ Small fine pump (not trigger) spray bottle with water



Paint Tube Opener

If you have arthritic hands like I do, you might find this paint tube opener handy. It works on different size lids and make the process so much easier. 

Paint Tube Squeezer

This is extremely helpful in keeping your paint concentrated at the top of the tube to prevent potential drying out and also helpful to get every last bit of precious paint out of the tube.

Art Ruling Pen

This is used instead of a fine brush to lay down masking fluid in a narrow line like for tree branches or stamens of certain flowers, etc.

If you have any questions about the supplies please feel free to email me at:

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