Materials List for Beginners Workshop

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

* If you don't have any materials I can provide them just email me at to let me know and I will have them ready for you on the day.



  • One good quality watercolour brush: a pointed round number 6 or 8 sable or synthetic.

  • 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!

  • For some of the techniques in this workshop an old very tired brush will be really useful   .


  • 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 are good paper brands.  Cold pressed paper, sometimes referred to as 'NOT' paper is a good texture for this workshop. If you have a pad or loose sheets of paper please bring a board that you can tape it down to with masking tape. (Cartridge paper isn't suitable for watercolours) 

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 to buy 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 or magenta

  • One red: Vermilion or winsor red or cad red or carmine

  • One Yellow: Cadmium yellow pale or lemon yellow

  • Burnt Sienna

Cool colours

  • One blue : Cobalt blue or Winsor blue or Ultramarine blue

  • Indigo

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

Masking Fluid

  • Liquid masking Fluid in any colour

  • Alternatively you can use masking fluid pens or a masking fluid brush.

  • DO NOT use any watercolour brushes for applying masking fluid. Masking fluid is glue so use the inexpensive masking fluid brushes for applying the fluid.

Drawing materials

HB and an eraser

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.

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 . Buying online,, or .