These are the supplies you will need at workshops, along with suggestions and comments.
Watercolors – any pallet with basic colors will work
This Windsor & Newton, Cotman Sketchers Box was my go-to palette for many years, it is still one of the best. Quality paints, perfect size for travel. There are others that are a lot more expensive that I just don’t think deliver more value.
My go to these days is the Art-toolkit from Expeditionary Art it is small, and I can fill it with my own choice of colors. The expense is higher initially, but saves in the long run. You fill the pans yourself, which means buying tubes of paint, expensive. Yet one tube will fill the pans many times and saves in the long run. I have both the standard size and the new mini.
The colors that come with the Cotman will paint anything you ever want to paint, though most sketchers find they like to personalize the mix over time. The colors that I use most often, and thus talk about at the workshops are: Ultramarine Blue, Sap Green, Yellow Ocher, Cadmium Red, a more intense red like Alizarin Crimson, or Pyrelle Red, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cerulean Blue, and either Mars Black or Payne’s Gray.
Brushes – one, either medium or fine
Pentel Japan Aquash Waterbrush Water Brush Pen, Medium
Pentel water brushes seem to be the best, the others I have tried either leak, or do not let the water flow as well.
Pens – one, I recommend an 02 or 03
Pigma Micron 01 Ink Pen, 0.25-mm, Black
Micron fine point pens, I have had good results with some other brands but always come back to Micron.
Size is a bit of a preference, but for the workshop either 02 or 01 will works the best. I usually carry 01, 02, 03, 05.
Sketchbook : Minimum 80lb for mixed media. Any size. 5×8 is a good basic, or the smaller 3.5″ x 5.5″
Arteza 110# spiral pad is perfect for a first sketchbook, and recommended for the workshop.
Other items – these are nice but not required for workshop
- Since we are usually outside a portable stool is a good idea.
- White gel pen – I use Uni-Ball
- Pencil – nothing softer than a 2H – don’t forget sharpener
- Clips to hold paper down in sketchbook – hard to have too many
We are are often meeting outside, so give attention to the weather and dress accordingly, we try to not be defeated by the weather. Hats, layers of clothing, etc. Also bring water, and food it it makes sense.
As always contact me if you have questions. Disclaimer: All of the links, except for Expeditionary Art, go to Amazon. Yes I get a small amount from Amazon, it keeps me in paint and pens, thank you for understanding, the prices are the same.