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Best Beginner Watercolor Supplies Guide (2023)

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Welcome to my ultimate beginner watercolor supplies guide. I’m going to show you everything you need to know to get you started in watercolors. Check back as I will regularly update this article!

My name’s Justin, and while I am a working photographer, I have been an artist all my life and I would consider myself an artist first. 

And I happen to love watercolor painting, It’s my favorite traditional medium! It’s even possible you may have even seen me on TV, on Sky Art’s Landscape Artist of the Year 2019. I was asked to join as a reserve artist for the finalists. I ended up with a little bit of TV time with my painting being featured in the wildcard group.

This passion is the reason I’ve dedicated this whole site to watercolor tools and tutorials. And is my intention to develop it into the number one watercolor resource on the internet.

Of all the painting mediums, watercolor is really the easiest to get into, and also I’ve found to be the cheapest.

Which Watercolor Supplies should you get?

Use the table of contents above to pick which artist you are to better match the beginner watercolor supplies that suit you. Remember that not everyone’s the same, we are all at different budget levels. 

So which supplies you need may differ from others. Stick to your budget constraints, because in watercolor there can be some really big prices, so be careful of diminishing returns! 

The Beginner Watercolor Artist on a Budget

So you’ve just started out, that’s great, you’re starting an amazing journey to learn the watercolor craft. Let me show you what you need:

Beginner Watercolor Budget Paper

Getting the right paper is so important. I’ve been burnt by choosing bad quality paper as it really hinders your learning process. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend an arm and a leg.

As a beginner I do suggest A4, anything too big can be daunting so this is the perfect size.

These two watercolor paper pads’ smoothness means they are great for illustrators and painters alike, but especially if you are painting fine lines or comic art:

  • Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Pad, 9″x12″ Tape Bound, 20 Sheets – My favorite of the two, and quite popular, you can find this pad at most art and stationary shops.
  • Heavy Bristol weight paper for final artwork
  • Ideal for pen, ink, mechanical drawing, air brush, and marker
  • 100 lb. / 270 gsm acid free smooth surface perfect for fine detail work
  • 9″x12″ Tape Bound; 20 Sheets per Pad
  • Made in the USA
  • Strathmore Ready Cut Watercolor, Hot Press, 5″ x 7″, White, 25 Sheets – decent quality paper at an affordable price. One of my go to brands when I started off.
  • Standard size sheets for ready-made frames.
  • Excellent surface strength for greater water hold out, improved color lifting, and blending.
  • 140 lb. / 300 gsm
  • 100% cotton
  • Acid Free

OR 

The following two watercolor paper pads have a bit of roughness to them and are my favorite for landscapes and portraits:

  • Canson XL Series Watercolor Pad – this is cold press, textured paper. Recommended for use with not just watercolor, but acrylic, pen & ink, marker, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, and pastel. The durable surface withstands repeated washes, great for watercolor. The pad contain 30 sheets of 140 lb /300 gram acid free paper. I used the mixed media version for copics as well.
  • Cold press textured paper.
  • Recommended for use with watercolor, acrylic, pen & ink, marker, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, and pastel.
  • Durable surface withstands repeated washes.
  • Acid free. Natural white color and texture
  • Also available in 11″ x 14″, 12″ x 18″, and 18″ x 24″.
  • Canson Artist Series Montval Watercolor, 140lb , 9″x12″, 20 Sheets – another paper pad I used to find at local retailers.
  • Developed for Professional Artists — The Canson Artist Series range features quality art surfaces required by professionals to complete showcase-worthy pieces; paper types include sketch, drawing, vellum, pastel, acrylic, canvas, mixed media, watercolor & unique templates for comicbook artists & illustrators
  • Montval for Watercolor — Designed by the famous painter Gaspard Maillol, nephew of the sculptor Aristide Maillol, & manufactured by Canson at his request since the early 20th century
  • Cold Press Paper — Desirable textured surface that withstands erasing & scraping & allows for multiple layers of color & washes without warping
  • Multiple Sizes — Available as blocks, spiral bound pads & glued pads in 4×6″, 5.5×8.5″, 6×9″, 9×12″, 10×15″, 12×16″, 15×20″, 18×24″; also available as sheets & rolls
  • Acid-Free & Archival Quality — Rest assured your artwork will stand the test of time. The acid-free nature of the paper wont yellow or deteriorate, ensuring that your creations retain their original colors & integrity.

Beginner Watercolor Budget Paint

Now we have to put some paint on your chosen paper. Of all the painting mediums, when it comes to watercolor you can spend little and go far, which is one of the many reasons why I love it.

For a beginner I definitely suggest buying Pans over Tubes. Click that link to see the difference. But in short, pans are simpler and easy to transport.

The second suggestion is to not get professional grade paints, instead get artist grade. The good watercolor brands will offer the two ranges. Interestingly, plenty of professionals use artist grade paints to deliver exceptional work. It also helps that it’s cheaper:

  1. Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour Sketch Pocket Box – Even for professionals I would suggest getting this pocket box. It comes with 12 half pan colors, which is more than enough to do a full landscape painting.
  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours are a range of water colours that are made to our high quality standards but costs are kept to an economical level by replacing some of the more costly pigments with less expensive alternatives
  • Cotman Water Colours possess good transparency, excellent tinting strength and good working properties
  • This popular pocket-sized plastic box features an integral mixing palette in the lid
  • This water colour set contains a pocket brush and 12 Cotman Water Colour half pans: Lemon Yellow Hue, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Cadmium Red Pale Hue, Alizarin Crimson Hue, Ultramarine, Intense Blue (Phthalo Blue), Viridian Hue, Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Chinese White
  • 12 colors (plus 1 brush and tray)

The box isn’t the traditional metal tin. It’s plastic, but that makes it incredibly light which makes it great for travelling with.

It also comes with a small travel brush in it. It’s only a size #1 but it can be handy.

  1. Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour Sketch Pocket Box – I bought these for my wife. They come in the same plastic case as its smaller sibling, but it’s well built and will last with care.
  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours are a range of water colours that are made to our high quality standards but costs are kept to an economical level by replacing some of the more costly pigments with less expensive alternatives.
  • Cotman Water Colours possess good transparency, excellent tinting strength and good working properties.
  • This water color set contains 45 half pans within a compact case with a mixing tray.

There are 45 half pans, which is more than enough to last months of good usage.

Winsor and Newton is a trusted brand amongst artists, and their artist grade range, Cotman, are used by many artists who can testify to the paints being amazing at a good value price point.

Beginner Watercolor Budget Brushes

While I categorize this as budget I’m not listing any super cheap brushes that will last a week. If you get rubbish brushes that don’t hold a point, instead of encouraging you, they’ll have the opposite effect. You want the cheapest brushes from quality brands.

  1. Winsor & Newton Foundation Water Colour Short Handle 7 Pack Brush – Round 1 & 6, Rigger 2, Filbert 1/4″, One Stroke 3/8″, Angled 1/8″, Fan 2
  • Made of fine quality blended synthetic fibers of differing thicknesses.
  • Soft filaments with good flow control, excellent spring, point and color carrying capacity.
  • Strong, resilient & durable.
  • Easy to clean.
  1. Ohuhu Water Coloring Brush Pens, Set of 6 – If you don’t fancy traditional brushes, these are great because you can fill them with water and you’re ready to go. These make them perfect for travel too.
  • SET OF 6 BRUSHES: Set of 3 point tip brush pens and set of 3 flat tip brush pens (small, medium, large) suitable for art students, amateur and professional artists
  • NO SPREAD OR SMEAR: High quality nylon hair brush tips that stay intact and does not spray, spread, or smear while in use
  • EASY TO USE: Simply to squeeze barrel to easily control the ink or water flow. To use, blend with water, add ink to barrel and enjoy! (Note: Please make the water less than 2/3 of the pen’s volume when filling water into the pen)
  • EASY TO CLEAN: Just clean it with water after used
  • MULTI-PURPOSE: Can be used for solid colors or powdered pigment, use with aquash watercolor crayons, markers, and pencils to spread and smooth colors

I personally don’t use chisel edges or fans but I know painters who do, so it’s great to experiment. If you want to buy individually I would go with a few rounds and my favorite brushes – mops:

  1. Winsor and Newton Series 111 Cotman Water Color Brush Short Handled – Round #1
  • Round bellied pointed brush best for use with water colour – for fine detail, lines and washes.
  • Made of fine quality blended synthetic fibers of differing thicknesses.
  • Soft filaments with good flow control, excellent spring, point and colour carrying capacity.
  • Strong, resilient & durable.
  • Easy to clean.
  1. Winsor & Newton  Series 111 Cotman Water Color Short Handle Synthetic Brush – Round #4
  • Round bellied pointed brush best for use with water colour – for fine detail, lines and washes.
  • Made of fine quality blended synthetic fibers of differing thicknesses.
  • Soft filaments with good flow control, excellent spring, point and colour carrying capacity.
  • Strong, resilient & durable.
  • Easy to clean.
  1. Winsor and Newton Series 111 Cotman Water Color Brush Short Handled – Round #6
  • Round bellied pointed brush best for use with water colour – for fine detail, lines and washes.
  • Made of fine quality blended synthetic fibers of differing thicknesses.
  • Soft filaments with good flow control, excellent spring, point and colour carrying capacity.
  • Strong, resilient & durable.
  • Easy to clean.

These brushes are great for A4 paper. The last brush I would recommend are mop brushes, which are perfect for making washes. I personally use all sizes and compliment my watercolor brush set with a few rounds.

  1. Winsor and Newton Series 111 Cotman Water Color Brush Short Handled – Round #10
  • Round bellied pointed brush best for use with water colour – for fine detail, lines and washes.
  • Made of fine quality blended synthetic fibers of differing thicknesses.
  • Soft filaments with good flow control, excellent spring, point and colour carrying capacity.
  • Strong, resilient & durable.
  • Easy to clean.

Miscellaneous Supplies

These are a few things that a beginner will not have that would come in handy:

  1. Masking/Gum Tape – before applying paint, the paper needs to be stretched out. Regular masking tape is universally used to tape down paper. Aesthetically it also leaves a white border after you’ve peeled the tape off.
  1. Easel – If I’m home I usually use a table, I don’t like to be constricted, as I like to move the painting about. But if I’m painting outside I use an easel. I would stay away from wooden easels. They’re heavy and cumbersome. This easel is similar to mine, but I sawed off the legs so I can attach it to my photography tripod.
  • Loved by Artists and Exhibitors: Artists love our easel stand for its adaptability. Height adjusts from 21in (tabletop) to 66in (standing), it’s suitable for adults & kids. Our easy-flip fasteners are simple to use!
  • Light and Portable: Wooden easels are heavy, weighing up to 16lbs. At 2.15lbs, our stand is loved for its lightness. Sets up in seconds & folds to 21inches.
  • Sturdy Design: Unlike flimsy easels that topple over easily, our easel has been designed with stability in mind. With adjustable legs for uneven surfaces, rubber foot grips, painting outdoors is easy.
  • Strong Easel: Our easel accomodates large displays! Our spring-loaded top clamp keeps artwork securely in place.
  • Professional Standard: At T-Sign we combine practicality and quality. Whether you’re painting at home or displaying posters at a trade fair or exhibition, you can rely on us.
  1. Gatorfoam Board – In my quest for light watercolor supplies and tools I have experimented with many boards from MDF to plastics. I am currently recommending the 10mm Gatorfoam board, which is an extruded polystyrene foam board, bonded between two layers of resin impregnated wood-fibre veneer. It’s super light yet strong enough to withstand multiple watercolor wetting.
  • This rigid 1/4 inch thick board is a student grade drawing board that is smooth on both sides and warp proof. It is perfect for stretching watercolor papers, sketching and all utility projects from cutting to pasting.
  • These boards have a variety of uses for the home, classroom, or art studio
  1. Plastic Palette – paint tins have maybe two or one large well, a cheap plastic palette will allow you to make more mixes.
  • 25 Compartments: 20 small wells and 5 large mixing areas in pallet, easy to mix, separate the pigments in different colors, large wells for mixing colors.
  • Plastic material: artist painting trays are made of good quality white plastic, durable, not easy to corrosion, the surface is very smooth, easy to wash and clean.
  • It is convenient to paint with thumbhole and serrated brush holders holes in 3 sizes, box cover lid will keep your paint moist.
  • Artist painting trays are made of good quality white plastic, durable, not easy to corrosion, the surface is very smooth, easy to wash and clean.
  • Use Thumb Hole or Place Pallet Lid Flat Open on Table.
  1. Sponge – not just for make texture patterns, I a sponge to soak up water in the brush quicker.
  • Large and Versatile: The 7.5″ x 5″ x 2″ size of these synthetic silk sponges makes them perfect for various applications, from painting and crafts to grouting and cleaning tasks.
  • High-Quality Material: Made from synthetic silk, these sponges offer excellent absorbency, durability, and performance, ensuring a smooth and even finish every time.
  • Gentle on Surfaces: The soft, non-abrasive texture of these sponges is gentle on surfaces, preventing scratches and damage while still providing effective cleaning and application.
  • Easy to Clean and Reusable: The synthetic silk material allows for easy rinsing and cleaning, making these sponges reusable for multiple projects and tasks.
  • Value Pack: This pack contains 4 large, high-quality sponges, offering great value and ensuring you always have a fresh sponge on hand when needed.

The Beginner Watercolor Artist with a Healthy Budget

This is where you need to be careful. Remember what I said about diminishing returns? Just because you can afford better supplies and paper doesn’t mean you should get it.

Be smart and get the value for the money you lay out. Getting the most expensive paper and using it for practice painting is not a smart move.

Beginner Watercolor with a Healthy Budget Paper

With a bit more of a budget I suggest not going up in price per sheet, but going up a size. What I used to do was buy A3 paper and cut it to size. I still do sometimes with the odd sheet. 

That way I could also challenge myself with a bigger canvas. However as I said earlier, starting smaller when you are a beginner will yield better results.

  1. Cass Art Jumbo Gummed Watercolour Pad 300GSM 50 SHEETS. 
  1. Canson XL Series Watercolor Textured Paper Pad, 140lb, 12″x18″, 30 Sheets
  • Artists Love Canson XL! Trusted for decades by students, hobbyists, and art teachers thanks to dependable composition, high sheet counts and affordable prices
  • Heavyweight Cold Press Watercolor Paper: Each sheet provides a sturdy foundation for multiple washes and layers without warping or buckling (140lb/300gsm); use with watercolor paint, gouache paint and light acrylic paint
  • Explore Watercolor Painting Techniques: Tackle the full spectrum of watercolor projects using gradients, washes, layering, glazing, fine strokes, wet-on-wet, dry brush, splattering, lifting, scraping and masking fluid
  • Portraits, Illustrations, Landscapes & Art Journaling: Your favorite watercolors will maintain their vibrancy thanks to our acid-free sheets; paper texture handles the finest details, like single strands of hair or blades of grass
  • Time-Honored French Craftsmanship: Manufactured in France, Canson carries a prestigious heritage of papermaking that spans over four centuries. The Canson XL Series is widely embraced by both aspiring artists and seasoned art educators.

Go with the first one from Cass Art if it’s available in your area. I always promote this brand to beginners and I actually still buy these pads. It’s not an affiliate link but the philosophy of this website starting out is to offer the best advice regardless. 

The Canson XL is actually a better alternative, but it usually works out a bit dearer per sheet.

Beginner with a Healthy Budget Watercolor Paint

I would actually still recommend the watercolor paint sets for a beginner with a smaller budget again. So I will list here a few alternatives. 

  1. Schmincke Horadam, Set 36 Half Pans
  • 🎨 THE BRAND: Schmincke has been producing the best, finest artists’ colors Made in Germany since 1881 and they are available in over 60 countries. The range includes watercolors, acrylics, oil colors, pastels, gouache colors, airbrush colors and much more.
  • 🎨 WATERCOLOR SET: The HORADAM watercolor box from Schmincke consists of a stable metal box (L x W x H: 23.1 x 11.6 x 3 cm) with 36 coloristically selected colors, space for 12 further half or 6 full pans and an integrated mixing palette. The colors in the box are in half pans – size: 1.5 x 2 cm. With the large and balanced color selection, many more brilliant colors can be easily mixed.
  • 🎨 COLORS: 215, 224, 209, 213, 214, 218, 349, 363, 366, 353, 352, 474, 495, 482, 485, 494, 480, 492, 479, 475, 528, 519, 524, 533, 784, 534, 525, 221, 229, 655, 661, 649, 645, 668, 663, 780 (coloristic order)
  • 🎨 QUALITY: The HORADAM AQUARELL meets the highest quality demands of artists and hobby painters. The 140 colors of the series convince with their brilliance, highest light fastness and yield. They contain the highest quality artist pigments and binders and are characterised by brilliant mixing results and very good color intensity. This makes them ideal for creating beautiful watercolor artworks.
  • 🎨 HORADAM AQUARELL COLORS: The colors are very easy to dissolve and are suitable for all watercolor painting techniques. The range contains opaque and transparent colors. The pans can easily be refilled with HORADAM AQUARELL tube color.
  1. Schmincke Horadam Aquarell Full-Pan Paint Metal, Set 24 Pans 
  • 🎨 THE BRAND: Schmincke has been producing the best, finest artists’ colors Made in Germany since 1881 and they are available in over 60 countries. The range includes watercolors, acrylics, oil colors, pastels, gouache colors, airbrush colors and much more.
  • 🎨 WATERCOLOR SET: The HORADAM watercolor box from Schmincke consists of a stable metal box (L x W x H: 22.3 x 7.2 x 2.3 cm) with 24 coloristically selected colors and an integrated mixing palette. The colors in the box are in half pans – size: 1.5 x 2 cm. With the large and balanced color selection, many other brilliant colors can be easily mixed.
  • 🎨 COLORS: 215 Lemon Yellow, 213 Chrome Yellow Dark, 214 Chrome Orange, 224 Cadmium Yellow Light, 229 Naples Yellow, 349 Cadmium Red Light, 353 Permanent Carmine, 366 Dark Red, 352 Magenta, 474 Manganese Violet, 475 helioturquoise, 479 heliocoelin, 485 indigo, 494 ultramarine fine, 492 Prussian blue, 519 phthalo green, 524 May green, 533 cobalt green deep, 534 permanent green olive, 655 light ochre, 649 English. – Venetian red, 661 burnt sienna, 663 sepia brown, 780 ivory black
  • 🎨 QUALITY: The HORADAM AQUARELL meets the highest quality demands of artists and hobby painters. The 140 colors of the series convince with their brilliance, highest light fastness and yield. They contain the highest quality artist pigments and binders and are characterised by brilliant mixing results and very good color intensity. This makes them ideal for creating beautiful watercolor artworks.
  • 🎨 HORADAM AQUARELL COLORS: The colors are very easy to dissolve and are suitable for all watercolor painting techniques. The range contains opaque and transparent colors. The pans can easily be refilled with HORADAM AQUARELL tube color.
  1. Schmincke : Akademie Watercolour Paint, Set of 12 Half Pans with 1 Davinci Brush Trip
  • 🎨 THE BRAND: Schmincke has been producing the best, finest artists’ colors Made in Germany since 1881 and they are available in over 60 countries. The range includes watercolors, acrylics, oil colors, pastels, gouache colors, airbrush colors and much more.
  • 🎨 WATERCOLOR SET: The HORADAM starter box from Schmincke consists of a stable metal box (L x W x H: 12.8 x 7.2 x 2.3 cm) with 12 coloristically selected colors as well as an integrated mixing palette and a daVinci watercolor brush for direct painting. The colors in the box are in half pans – size: 1.5 x 2 cm. With the well-balanced color selection, many other brilliant colors can be easily mixed.
  • 🎨 COLORS: colors included are – 215 lemon yellow, 224 cadmium yellow light, 349 cadmium red light, 353 permanent carmine, 494 ultramarine fine, 492 Prussian blue, 519 phthalo green, 534 permanent green olive, 655 light ochre, 649 English Venetian red, 663 sepia brown, 780 ivory black
  • 🎨 QUALITY: The HORADAM AQUARELL meets the highest quality demands of artists and hobby painters. The 140 colors of the series convince with their brilliance, highest light fastness and yield. They contain the highest quality artist pigments and binders and are characterised by brilliant mixing results and very good color intensity. This makes them ideal for creating beautiful watercolor artworks.
  • 🎨 HORADAM AQUARELL COLORS: The colors are very easy to dissolve and are suitable for all watercolor painting techniques. The range contains opaque and transparent colors. The pans can easily be refilled with HORADAM AQUARELL tube color.

Schmincke Horadam are a German watercolor paint supplier who have beautiful rich colors. I have experimented with nearly every brand available, and Schminke and Daniel Smith are my two favored brands.

The quality is reflected in the prices, Schmincke is very expensive. But if you have the budget and you are comfortable sticking to one brand for a while, this is a good brand to pledge allegiance.

Beginner with a Healthy Budget Watercolor Paint Brushes

  1. Winsor & Newton Cotman Brush Short Handle (Pack of 7) – The cotman range is the cheaper student range from Winsor & Newton. Included in this set are 2 rounds, 2 flats, a rigger, a chisel edge, and a fan. 

Again if you don’t fancy a pack, as I would not personally use a chisel edge or fan. You could alternatively get a few rounds and some mops.

  1. Winsor & Newton  Series 111 Cotman Water Color Short Handle Synthetic Brush – Round #2
  • Round bellied pointed brush best for use with water colour – for fine detail, lines and washes.
  • Made of fine quality blended synthetic fibers of differing thicknesses.
  • Soft filaments with good flow control, excellent spring, point and colour carrying capacity.
  • Strong, resilient & durable.
  • Easy to clean.
  1. Winsor and Newton Series 111 Cotman Water Color Brush Short Handled – Round #8
  • Round bellied pointed brush best for use with water colour – for fine detail, lines and washes.
  • Made of fine quality blended synthetic fibers of differing thicknesses.
  • Soft filaments with good flow control, excellent spring, point and colour carrying capacity.
  • Strong, resilient & durable.
  • Easy to clean.
  1. Winsor and Newton Series 111 Cotman Water Color Brush Short Handled – Round #12
  • Round bellied pointed brush best for use with water colour – for fine detail, lines and washes.
  • Made of fine quality blended synthetic fibers of differing thicknesses.
  • Soft filaments with good flow control, excellent spring, point and colour carrying capacity.
  • Strong, resilient & durable.
  • Easy to clean.

Getting a few mops for those big A3 pieces you may give a go at every now and then wouldn’t go a miss either.

  1. Da Vinci Watercolor Series 418 Petit Gris Pur Paint Brush, Wash/Mop Pure Russian Blue Squirrel, Size 2
  • Russian blue squirrel hair is of the highest quality and holds a large volume of water which makes it excellent for mop and wash techniques
  • Generously sized and hand shaped, its unique point allows for full strokes across the paper
  • Huge reservoir lays down large amounts of water ideal for wash and mop techniques
  • Certified green manufacturing with sustainable wood handles, Quill is expertly wrapped with copper wire
  • Handmade in germany at our family owned factory since 1890

Miscellaneous Beginner Watercolor Supplies/ Equipment

Additionally to the miscellaneous supplies for a beginner, I would suggest these extra watercolor tools with a bigger budget:

  1.  Aluminium Watercolor Easel (I am a big fan of this form of easel, as opposed to wood)
  • Laguna Model Easel, a large multi-functional adjustable height tripod aluminum artists watercolor, field and display easel that converts from vertical to horizontal positions, or any angle in between. It’s designed for floor and tabletop use and collapses down to a compact 28″ for quick storage into the shoulder strapped carrying bag for easy transportation.
  • The easel adjusts up to 80″ high and extends to accommodate panels and canvases from 21″ up to 63″ in height as a vertical easel or from 7″ to 40″ in height as a horizontal watercolor easel. It’s a double level easel, as the legs have two sets of vertical height adjustment shelf brackets for attaching the 17.5″ wide by 1.5″ deep adjustable horizontal fixing tray shelf.
  • Easel height and angle adjustments are quick and easy, as the one-touch flip lock knobs allow you to instantly set and lock the telescopic tripod legs at your desired position. Use the easel outdoors on uneven ground as a field easel or indoors as a floor or tabletop studio easel. It’s also an ideal display easel for paintings, office presentations, signs and posters.
  • It’s a tough sturdy easel that’s made with premium quality reinforced lightweight aluminum metal for extra stability. Includes a steel pivot head lock to securely hold a canvas in a horizontal or vertical position. The non-skid rubber feet add stability and also protect tabletop surfaces. Easel weighs 4 pounds and has a 25 pound weight capacity.
  • Easel Dimensions: As a floor easel 46″ max width x 32″ max depth x 80″ max height and 63″ max canvas height; As a table easel 22″ max width x 15″ max depth x 55″ max height and 45″ max canvas height.
  1. Collapsible Paint Brush Washer – speaks for itself really. Perfect for travel and the ridges hold the brushes when not in use.
  • TRAVEL FRIENDLY ARTIST CUP – The Collapsible Water Cup has collapsible and expandable feature which makes it the perfect cup for travel and storage.
  • BUILT IN BRUSH HOLDER – Features scalloped edges so your paintbrush will not roll off of the cup between uses. Paintbrush not included.
  • HOLDS 12 OZ. OF WATER – This heavy duty water cup holds approximately 350ml or 12 ounces and is PVC and latex-free. Not for use with solvents.
  • DARK GREEN ART CUP – Use your Clic & Go Water cup with all of your favorite Premium Quality Faber-Castell Art Materials. This water cup features a dark green outer with a gold inner color.
  • FABER-CASTELL QUALITY ART MATERIALS – See your artwork come to life with the absolute best quality art materials. Faber-Castell has proudly manufactured premium quality art materials since 1761.
  1. The Master’s Brush Cleaner & Preserver (Brush Soap)
  • Keep brushes like New with this lemon-scented Cleaner and preserver
  • Even Old, hardened, oil paint brushes may be restored to their original snap and luster
  • Non-toxic water-soluble cleaning Compound works safely on oils, acrylics, or watercolors
  1. Paint Brush Holder, JTDEAL 22 Slots (Check this article for more options)
  • Better protection for your brushes. If you used to keep all of your paint brushes in an old can. That isn’t exactly the best for the brushes. This is a hardwearing, quality wrap in a canvas material, which is well stitched on the edges for durability, it protects the brushes and tips from damage, which is great considering how expensive some of your brushes can be
  • Simply roll up, and tie closed. A great way to store travel brushes, it rolls up neatly, folds to be compact enough to fit into your purse or bag, no takes up too much space, so it’s easy to carry, and you certainly like to travel with them that way
  • Capacity: There are 20+2 individual spots two layers for brushes of all shapes and sizes. Each slot has space for 2 brushes. One slot is quite a bit larger for any bigger brushes. Keeps your brushes and other painting supplies well organized, it can hold pencils, BiC pens, fountain pen, ruler, highlighter, scraper, utility knife & paintbrush, etc.
  • Open top design. It’s breathable (open to top) so the brushes won’t mould or stay damp. This feature also designed to cover the pencil points etc keeping them safe and preventing items from falling out that side
  • Size: About 40 x 33cm. Dark army green colour will mask the stains from the paint. The fabric is washable, unlike hard cases, it can be cleaned a lot easier especially when using watercolours. Perfect for students and advanced painters, ideal gift choice

Travelling Watercolor Artist

To see how I travel and the supplies I bring, go check out my video on my travelling kit. If you like that then subscribe to my YouTube to see me in action when I’m out and about.

This section especially warrants its own article so here I will outline the basic essentials needed to get you going. I’ll actually list my personal travel kit. But this is ever changing, so be sure to return as I will update this list accordingly.

  1. Sennelier Watercolour Metal Tin of 12 Half pans Pocket Set – mine is metal, but it’s the same paint.
  • Features an elastic strap that keeps the box securely in the palm of your hand while you paint
  • Extremely smooth color application
  • Ideal for art students
  • Number of pieces: 12.0

This paint set is favored by the great art teacher Marco Bucci. I too use it now when I travel. However I do change it up my Schminke 12 half pan set listed earlier in the article.

  1. Da Vinci Travel Series 1503 Maestro Watercolor Brush, Round Kolinsky Red Sable with Pocket Case Handle, Size 2
  • Portable kolinsky red sable round is great for traveling
  • Outer casing protects brush from being damaged
  • Fits in all portable watercolor sets
  • Available from sizes 1 to 12
  • Certified green manufacturing at the da vinci factory in germany

Or

  1. Da Vinci Series 1503 “Pocket” Brush Selected Pure Kolinsky Size 4

No question. The Da Vinci travel brushes are the best travel brushes on the market. Beautiful sable tips in a compact size, these brushes will last years with good care.

  1. Strathmore Softcover Watercolor Art Journal, 8″ x 5.5″, White, 24 Sheets
  • Softcover Art Journal — Ready whenever inspiration strikes! Attractive cover & sturdy binding.
  • Dependable Paper — An intermediate level paper for watercolorists of all levels. Natural white color & cold press surface make it ideal for mastering techniques & finished artwork.
  • Strathmore – Make Something Beautiful | The choice of an art surface is one of the most important decisions an artist makes in determining the outcome of their work. Whether your choice of medium is watercolor, charcoal, pastel, pencil or pen and ink you can be confident that Strathmore will enhance your artistic efforts. Try our range of drawing, painting, sketching, tracing & mixed media papers today!

I prefer to travel with A6 journals or cuts. To see how I get my paper cut check out my YouTube video for this.

This isn’t the complete list but is more than enough to get you out there painting. Pop these in bag and you’re good to go. And when you feel like spending a bit more, check out this article for the full kit.

Final Thoughts

Well I do hope you have found this beginner watercolor supplies guide useful. As the first article for this website I will continue to expand on the information here in more in depth articles.

So do make sure to return to see more useful tips and techniques explained, to help you with your watercolor journey. 

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