Recommended Watercolor Supplies for Beginners

by Volta
Recommended watercolor supplies for beginners

Embarking on your watercolor journey is an exciting adventure that invites tranquility and creativity into your life. Whether you’re just beginning or looking to enhance your existing toolkit, having the right supplies can transform your experience. Below, I’ve outlined my favorite watercolor supplies that will help you create beautiful art effortlessly. And remember, for a deeper dive into the world of watercolor, don’t hesitate to download my free guideā€”a treasure trove of tips, techniques, and personal recommendations to elevate your artistry.

  • Watercolor Paints: Start with a set of high-quality, artist-grade watercolors. They offer vibrant colors and superior blendability compared to student-grade paints. A palette with a mix of warm and cool tones across the basic spectrum will provide a good foundation.
  • Brushes: Invest in a few good-quality brushes in different sizes. A round brush (sizes 6 and 10) and a flat brush (1 inch) are versatile and essential for various techniques.
  • Watercolor Paper: The paper you use makes a huge difference. Look for cold-pressed or hot-pressed, 100% cotton watercolor paper with a weight of at least 140 lb. This type of paper absorbs water well, allowing the colors to bloom beautifully.
  • Palette: A palette with wells for mixing colors is crucial. It allows you to blend colors freely and create your unique hues.
  • Water Container: Keep a clean water container to rinse your brushes. Changing the water regularly helps maintain the purity of your colors.
  • Paper Towels or a Sponge: For dabbing brushes to control moisture and creating textures.
  • Masking Tape: Use it to secure your paper to a board and achieve clean edges around your artwork.
  • Pencil and Eraser: A soft pencil for sketching your design lightly before painting, and a kneaded eraser for gentle erasure without damaging the paper.

Remember, the quality of your supplies can greatly influence your watercolor experience, encouraging both creativity and relaxation.

For more detailed information on each item and additional tips to start your watercolor journey, download my FREE PDF GUIDE with my favorite watercolor supplies.

Let’s embrace the calm and creativity that watercolor brings into our lives together.

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