Arizona Art Supply in Tucson is a good source for supplies. They are located at 4343 N. Oracle Road, Tucson AZ 86705. Phone (520) 388-5555. They give a 20% student discount if you bring in a copy of this supply list.
We will be using traditional watercolor paint, properly known as transparent watercolor. This should be purchased in tubes. You may use either professional-grade or student-grade paints. The professional-grade pigments, although more expensive, will produce much stronger coloration and give better handling, and are the better choice in the long run. These are available in either 5 ml or 14 ml tubes.
BASIC PAINT LIST (This the basic list for both professional grade and student grade paints.)
STUDENT GRADE PAINTS
For student-grade paint I recommend Winsor-Newton Cotman series, 8 ml tubes. The basic list is the same as the professional grade. Most of the names are the same as the professional grade paints, but a few changes are:
SINGLE TUBES OR SETS ?
NOTE: Whether you choose to use professional grade or student grade, buy single tubes rather than sets. The sets usually contain pigments that we rarely use.
We will use Arches 140 lb. cold-press paper, either natural white or bright white. This is a must! Other brands will not work as well for our projects. Buy as 22 x 30 inch sheet, and cut into quarters (11 x 15 inches). This quarter size is what we will use for class.
NOTE: Arches paper has a good front side, and a back side which is not quite as good. Look for the Arches watermark, which is found in 2 of the corners of the large uncut sheet. Hold the paper up to the lite. If you can read the watermark correctly, you are looking at the front side. Be sure to mark in pencil the front side of the large sheet at each corner before cutting into quarters.
You should buy good-quality brushes, because this makes a big difference when you paint. Either white nylon or golden nylon are good bristles, at affordable prices. When wet your flat brush should make a sharp edge, and the rounds should come to a sharp point.
You will need the following sizes:
3/4" flat #10 round #4 round
PALETTE suggested type:
9 x 12 inches, plastic, with either square or round wells for paint. Must have a large mixing space. A cover is handy.
BOARD: tempered Masonite, plywood, Formica, etc. This is used to hold the paper while painting. Recommended board size is about 12 x 16 inches minimum, or a bit larger. This will hold a quarter sheet. Cut the board to exactly 12 x 16 inches if you plan to use bulldog clamps instead of blue painter's tape. (See below.)