art painting supplies
for watercolor

These are the art painting supplies I use for my watercolor paintings. I use these supplies both in my own work and on my how-to painting pages.

These are the materials I have enjoyed using over the years and where you may purchase them.

watercolor art painting supplies

I normally use Winsor Newton paints for my watercolor paintings.

The few exceptions are some of the quinacridone colors are Daniel Smith brand.

Old Holland has a true orange color, called coral orange.

There a quite a few of other reputable brands of watercolor paints. Take your pick and choose what you desire.

I use watercolor tube paints in the studio. However the pan watercolors are great for travel and painting out-of-doors.

The art painting supplies for watercolor painting by artist Carol MayWatercolor painting Of A Hummingbird
Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor Tubes
Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor Pan Sets

my colors

I use a warm and cool version of each of the six colors on the color wheel.

Alternate choices are in the parenthesis. Use them if you can't find the ones I have listed in bold.

  • Winsor Lemon and New Gamboge (Indian Yellow)
  • Coral Orange (Cadmium Orange) and Quinacridone Sienna (Burnt Sienna)
  • Quinacridone Red (Cadmium Red Light) and Permanent Rose (Alizarin Crimson)
  • Quinacridone Violet and Dioxazine Violet
  • Ultramarine Blue (Cobalt Blue) and Winsor Blue (Thalo Blue)
  • Winsor Green (Hookers Green, Viridian Green) and Sap Green

my watercolor story

When I first started doing watercolor painting I used Arches watercolor paper. Arches is the standard paper for watercolor with an excellent reputation. There are other good watercolor papers, also.

I matted and framed my own paintings and prints under glass.

i started doing street festivals

When my paintings started running out of my extra bedroom I stared selling paintings at galleries. My husband suggested that we do some street festivals, instead of paying gallery commissions.

disaster struck

At an outdoor festival on the Gulf Coast of Florida the winds started gusting up to 60 MPH. Some of the other artist's tents on the end of the row blew down.

Fortunately our tent was sandwiched tightly between other tents. But we became afraid to allow customers into the tent.

If the tent went down with people inside, there was a chance they could be injured by broken glass.

watercolor paper

There is another down-side of watercolor on paper. If any moisture gets behind the glass onto the paper, the paper maybe water stained or grow mildew.

The painting could be permanently damaged.

i had to find another way

After we came home from the festival, I came across Ampersand's Claybord. It is hardboard covered with PH neutral kaolin clay. It makes and excellent archival support.

When the painting is thoroughly dry, I apply 2-3 coats of a UV resistant fixative. I use a Krylon spray fixative. The painting may be framed without glass. It is lighter weight and resistant to dirt, moisture and mildew.

I have been using Claybord for about 15 years now and I am very pleased with it. Now Ampersand has Aquabord.

Ampersand Claybord

art painting supplies

  • Choose your own brand of artist paint.
  • Use your choice of watercolor paper, watercolor canvas or Aquabord.
  • Start with three brushes.
  • Water in a container
  •  A covered palette
  • Drawing materials and graphite paper
  • Frisket is optional

supports for watercolors

Ampersand's Claybord or Aquabord is my choice for watercolor paintings.

An alternative is watercolor canvas. When the painting is dry, it needs to be sprayed with a fixative.

watercolor brushes

When I started painting with watercolor, I went all out and purchased expensive sable watercolor brushes.

Today there are so many good quality synthetic brushes that work just fine.

If you are starting out, start with three brushes. Choose any brand you desire.

Work with them awhile to see how you like them. Then decide if you want or need any more.

You could start with a 1" flat to use for painting and doing washes. Get a #7 or #8 round with a very good point to use for general painting. Also get an additional small round #3 or #4 to use for details.

Find a wide variety of brushes for all budgets at BLICK!

get your art painting supplies on hand

These are the art painting supplies I have used over the years.

I have always lived in small town areas that generally don't have good art supply stores.

I have shopped out of catalogues and had my supplies shipped for many years.

Now-a-days we shop on line. How handy is that!

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