What Materials to Buy When Using Watercolour

Whilst using the course I will be using I have put together a list of materials you will need if you are working using watercolour paints.

Add a Mars Black

Update: Please purchase a Mars Black. We will be doing alot of work around ‘value’ and therefore it will be much easier if you have a premixed Black.

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What Are Oil Paints?

Watercolor paints are a type of paint that are made from pigments suspended in a water-soluble binder. They are typically sold in tubes or pans, and can be mixed with water to create a range of transparent washes and opaque layers. Watercolor paints are known for their delicate, fluid quality, and for their ability to create luminous, subtle effects when applied to paper. Unlike oil paints or acrylic paints, watercolor paints cannot be layered or manipulated once they are applied to paper, making them a unique and challenging medium for artists. They are often used by artists to create loose, spontaneous paintings, but can also be used to create precise, detailed works. Watercolor paintings can be created on various types of paper, and the paper used can greatly impact the final result of the painting.

Materials Required

When starting out with watercolor painting, it’s important to have the right materials to get the most out of your painting experience. Here is a list of materials you will need:

  1. Watercolor paint: Consider starting with a beginner’s set of watercolor paints, which typically includes a range of basic colors.
  2. Watercolor paper: Look for paper that is labeled as “watercolor paper” and has a weight of at least 140 lb. This type of paper is designed to absorb water without buckling or warping.
  3. Brushes: A set of synthetic or natural hair brushes that includes a small, medium, and large round brush, as well as a flat brush, will give you a range of brush stroke options.
  4. Palette or mixing tray: A palette or mixing tray is a surface where you can mix your watercolour paints.
  5. Water container: A jar or cup to hold water for washing your brushes and thinning your paint.
  6. Spray bottle: A spray bottle is useful for spritzing your paper with water to create washes and for reviving dried paint.
  7. Pencil and eraser: A pencil and eraser can be used for preliminary sketches and for correcting mistakes.

These materials should provide you with a good foundation to start experimenting with watercolor painting. As you progress, you may want to add additional materials, such as a more comprehensive set of watercolor paints, a better quality brush set, or a more robust palette, to enhance your painting experience.

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