My current favorite brushes are Cheap Joes’s Dragon Tongue series, #12, #8, #6 and #4 for smaller pieces, sometimes #18 and #16 for larger pieces. Isabey
Kolinsky #8, #4.
Also good are Round Sables or Synthetics also called
"White Sables", #6, #8, #12, or #14. Robert Simmons Series
#785 and Winsor and Newton Sceptre Series #101 are good. Flats: Winsor
and Newton #965 excellent, 1" (1 1/2", 2") Rigger; #6,
Winsor and Newton Series #860 or Robert Simmons #750. The R. Simmons
series gives very good results and is less expensive. Cheap Joe’s
has very good kolinsky rounds. Raphael and Escona are also good.
Arches watercolor paper, 140 Cold Pressed (CP) good for class.
(I also use 300lb and rough.) Imperial size 22"x30"
can be divided into 1/4 sheets or 1/2 sheets. (I sometimes use Saunders, 140 lb. CP and Rough.)
Robert E. Wood (with deep wells) or John Pike palette. I use
Wood palette daily and Holbein folding palette for travel.
Winsor and Newton Artists' Watercolors, Holbein, Daniel Smith,
Cadmium Yellow Pale WN
Permanent Rose WN
Cadmium Orange WN
Cadmium Scarlet WN
Manganese BlueNova, Holbein or Cerulean Blue
Cobalt Blue WN
French Ultramarine Blue WN
Antwerp Blue WN
Quinacridone Gold DS
Quinacridone Burnt Orange DS
Aureolin Yellow DS
Quinacridone Sienna DS
Winsor Blue (GS)
Permanent White (snow)
(W&N Designer's Gouache)
Cobalt Violet Da Vinci
Daniel Smith Quinacridones*
Burnt Sienna WN
Raw Sienna WN
I use some specific Daniel Smith paints, some Winsor & Newton and
Holbein. Bring what you have.
Choice: Aqua Bee #808 9x12 or any similar. Anything economical.
Gatorboard cut to fit 1/4 and 1/2 sheets.
Masking tape (artist's tape) or staples for gator board (regular
stapler, not staple gun), spray bottle (empty hairspray is good), water
container, soft pencils (4B, 6B), I often use a Draft/Matic 0.9 mechanical pencil, eraser (white Factis, soft), Kleenex (not for your nose), single-edged razor blade,
natural "silk" sponge, "elephant ear" sponge, and
a hairdryer are helpful.