Materials for Painting Workshops
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 and a fine brush such as a 3 or 4 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.
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. Hot pressed (HP) or Cold pressed is fine but rough or hand made rough papers wont be suitable. Preferably stretch the paper before you arrive or if you have a pad or loose sheets of paper please bring a board that you can tape it down to with masking tape.
Winsor & Newton Cotman Student Watercolours (or any other brand) 8ml tubes are reasonably priced or Winsor & Newton Artist quality which I prefer 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)
Cadmium yellow pale/light
Vermilion or cadmium orange
Permenant rose or magenta
Burnt umber or burnt Sienna
Winsor Blue or
Winsor green or Viridian
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
Liquid masking Fluid in any colour
I used an old masking fluid brush that I splayed out and soaked in masking fluid to make it spiked. 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.
HB and a softer pencil such as 4B and eraser
Paper towel or an old flannel
Very useful for taking excess water of the brush and moping up the occasional spill
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 saa.co.uk JacksonsArt.com, Kenbro.co.uk, or Tindalls.co.uk .