This class will include the basic techniques of watercolor, including drawing for watercolor, glazing with watercolor washes, color theory, composition, and design.
BRUSHES: Good watercolor brushes are your most important tools. Watercolor brushes differ from oil painting brushes in feeling softer to the touch. A good round brush should hold sufficient water and paint to let you lay a good wash and come to a good point so you can get fine detail. If you are just beginning, a fairly large (#12 or #14) round brush would be a good one to start with. Other types and sizes of brushes may be added to your collection as you find the need, such as a smaller brush for detail, flat brushes for landscape painting, a stiff brush for scrubbing, etc.
PALETTE: A plain white plastic palette or butcher's tray for mixing paint will be needed. An excellent and economically priced palette is the John Pike palette, which has a tightly fitting lid to keep paint moist from one painting session to the next.
PAPER: Good quality, 100% cotton rag watercolor paper will give the best results. Watercolor paper comes in a variety of weights and surface textures. The easiest for beginners to use is 140 lb. Cold Press, a medium weight paper. D'Arches brand 140 lb. paper is available in a variety of surfaces, Hot Press, Cold Press and Rough. Lighter weight papers (70 lb. or 90 lb.) require stretching of the paper to maintain a smooth surface and heavier weights (260 lb. or 300 lb.) are more expensive.
PAINTS: Ten or twelve tubes of paint will be needed for a full range of color mixing and painting. Cotman brand, which is Winsor & Newton's student grade paint and Grumbacher's Academy brand are good quality for student purposes. Below is a list of some suggested colors:
REDS: Warm ~ Cadmium Scarlet or Scarlet Lake
Cool ~ Alizarin Crimson or Rose Madder
YELLOWS: Warm ~ Cadmium Yellow Medium, Winsor Yellow Deep
Cool ~ Aureolin or Lemon Yellow or Winsor Yellow
BLUES: Warm ~ French Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue
Cool ~ Winsor Blue, Thalo Blue or Prussian Blue
Cerulean Blue is a light value, opaque color good for skies
Some other useful colors: Sap Green or Olive Green, Permanent Rose, Cotman Mauve, Brown Madder, Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Paynes Grey, Titanium White
It is not necessary to have all the colors listed.
Sketchbook, Pencils and Erasers: A small sketchbook for exploring the subject matter and planning composition and design is helpful. An ordinary #2 household pencil will be adequate, but you may prefer drawing pencils, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, or other sketching pencils for work in your sketchbook. A Design brand, Artist Kneaded Eraser is best to use on your watercolor paper, as it doesn't damage the surface.
A Support Board for Paper: A piece of Plexiglas, masonite, foam core board or Gator Board will be required to support your paper while working on it. Bulldog Clips, staples or masking tape may be used to hold paper in place.
Other Useful Items: Paper towels, facial tissue, a small spray bottle, sponges, toothbrush, salt, Pebeo Drawing gum, or Art Masking Fluid, Miskit or Maskoid, and a rubber cement pick-up for removing it.