Watercolor Supplies

Other than the paints themselves, you will need the following:

Brushes:

There are three main factors you need to consider when choosing the best brushes for you. These are the type of bristles, size, and shape.

Bristles: Natural hair brushes are great for watercolors, but they can be quite expensive. If you are on a tight budget, you can find high-quality brushes with synthetic hairs that can last a long time if you take care of them correctly.

Size: A variation of paintbrushes is always nice. However, you do not need a big collection of brushes, because some of them are actually versatile. For example, you can use a medium round brush for big and fine details on your work of art, particularly if you applied the right technique and pressure.

Shape: Different shapes of brushes can be used to achieve a number of effects. Square or angular brushes for example can be used for making straight or precise strokes, in addition to filling large sections in color. Additionally, a round brush is a must-have. It is great for details and applying a wash of color on your paper. Also, you can use a liner or pointy brushes for fine details and executing drawing lines.

 

Tip: You can also find brushes with handles that you can fill water into. When you squeeze the handle, the brush will release a small amount of water that you can use for wetting your paint or paper.

Paper:

Watercolor paper is durable and does not absorb the pigment, but instead, it lets the paint sit on top until it dries. You can find watercolor paper in the following forms:

Sheets: Individual sheets that you can cut to size.

Pads: A pad of paper of somewhat lower quality stuck together by a wire binding. This is great for travel, painting outdoors, or practicing.

Blocks: Watercolor papers glued together from one edge, which you have to insert a knife into to remove the painting once it is dry. This is useful if you do not wish to tape your paper onto the surface to avoid warping.

Palette:

Watercolor palettes come in two types, either plastic or ceramic. Ceramic palettes are usually of higher quality since plastic ones will eventually become stained. However, plastic is much lighter and easier to hold.

Tip: Choose a palette with deep “wells” or the individual little pots which hold the color. This is essential so your colors will not end up bleeding into each other.

Container for Water:

You cannot paint using watercolors without water! So, make sure to have a jar or cup with water in it. It is better than the container is clear so you can see how murky the water is in order to change it.

Tip: You can also use a spray bottle to wet your watercolor palette. 

Soap: In order to clean your brushes and to maintain them in a good condition, you will need a mild or organic soap, preferably in liquid form. Also, you can find “artist soap” that is specifically made to clean paintbrushes.

Additional Supplies: Paper towels for drying the water off brushes; a pencil and eraser if you plan to sketch first; painters’ tape to prevent your paper from warping onto itself by taping it to your table; and spray varnish to seal your finished painting to protect it from external conditions.