watercolor supplies for 2017-2018

brushes
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.

paper
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.)

palette
Robert E. Wood (with deep wells) or John Pike palette. I use Wood palette daily and Holbein folding palette for travel.

paint
Winsor and Newton Artists' Watercolors, Holbein, Daniel Smith, Da Vinci

current palette:
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

occasional use:
Aureolin Yellow DS
New Gamboge
Quinacridone Sienna DS
Winsor Red
Winsor Blue (GS)
Winsor Green
Permanent White (snow)
(W&N Designer's Gouache)
Cobalt Violet Da Vinci
Sap Green

additional use:
Daniel Smith Quinacridones*
Quinacridone Pink*
Burnt Sienna WN
Raw Sienna WN
Ultramarine Turquoise
Ultramarine Violet

I use some specific Daniel Smith paints, some Winsor & Newton and Holbein. Bring what you have.

sketchbook
Your Choice: Aqua Bee #808 9x12 or any similar. Anything economical.

watercolor paper support
Gatorboard cut to fit 1/4 and 1/2 sheets.

miscellaneous
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.

 

 

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