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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.  Cold pressed, or NOT.  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.

Watercolour paints

  • 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)

Warm colours 

  • Cadmium yellow pale/light 

  • Vermilion or cadmium orange

  • Winsor red or permanent red

  • Permenant rose

  • Burnt umber or burnt Sienna

Cool colours 

  • Ultramarine blue or Winsor blue

  • Cobalt

  • Indigo

  • Winsor green or Viridian

  • Titanium white

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

  • An old brush for applying masking fluid or you can use masking fluid pens or a ruling pen.

  • 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 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 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 .

Materials list: List
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