Materials List

Please bring along any existing materials, watercolour sets, that you have and any of the materials on the list below that you already have.



  • One good quality watercolour brush: a pointed round number 6 or 8 sable or synthetic depending on your budget (eg sable Da Vinci maestro series 10 size 6  (standard round) or  Da Vinci maestro series 35 size 6, the series 35 has  a lovely extra fine point good for detail, theses brushes are both available in Tindalls in Cambridge if you ask the staff they have them at the till, or any make that’s similar. 

  • One large synthetic wash brush ( the large oval wash brushes are good - Pro Art make a good one as do the Society for All Artists (SAA).  It is better to have one or two good quality brushes than lots of poor quality brushes where the hairs fall out and they do not retain a sharp point!  Although saying that one old brush for rough mark making is useful.


  • Paper: I prefer 100% cotton watercolour paper as it is generally robust, distributes the watercolour evenly in large washes and its less likely to tear if you use masking fluid. Weight minimum 140lb, 300gsm, eg Arches, Saunders Waterford or Langton Prestige.  I use Hot Pressed smooth paper for detailed flower painting and textured cold pressed paper for landscapes. If you have a pad or loose sheets of paper please bring a board that you can tape it down to.

Watercolour paints

  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Student Watercolours (or any other brand) 8ml tubes are reasonably priced  or Winsor & Newton Artist quality but they are more expensive. No need for large sets of 24 or 48 pans as you will have more colours than you need. Suggested colours: ( if you don’t have these just bring along any you already have)

Warm colours 

  • Permenant rose 

  • Vermilion or winsor red or cad red or carmine

  • Burnt sienna and burnt umber

  • Cadmium yellow pale and lemon yellow

Cool colours

  • Dioxazine violet

  • Ultramarine blue and 

  • Winsor blue or phthalocyanine blue

  • Winsor green or viridian

  • Cobalt, cerulean or manganese

Water containers

  • 2 containers for water eg old jam Jars or plastic tubs

White mixing palette

A large ceramic palette or an old white ceramic plate or a white plastic palette with plenty of room for mixing colours

Paper towel or an old flannel

Very useful for taking excess water of the brush and moping up the occasional spill

Scrap paper

Scrap watercolour paper is really useful for testing your colour mixes, use the backs of paintings or cheap practice paper.

Drawing materials

HB and a softer pencil such as 4B and eraser
Cartridge paper for sketching

Where to buy materials 

Tindalls -(King Street, Cambridge)  give friendly helpful advice about materials, if you are a student of mine you receive a 10% discount with my discount card, Hobbycraft at the beehive . Buying online,, or .