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. 

                          PROFESSIONAL-GRADE PAINTS

BASIC PAINT LIST   (This the basic list for both professional grade and student grade paints.)

  • Burnt  Sienna
  • Raw  Sienna 
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Phthalo Green
  • New Gamboge 
  • Permanent Rose


  • Winsor Yellow, 5 ml professional grade
  • Winsor Red,  5 ml professional grade

                              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:

  •  New Gamboge is called Gamboge Hue                      
  •   Phthalo Blue is called Intense Blue
  •   Phthalo Green is called Intense Green                                                                
  • I have not found a good student-grade red, so for the red I still recommend Permanent Rose 5 ml professional grade. The price is a bit higher, but this is a strong paint, and a little goes a long way. 


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. 

                                WATERCOLOR PAPER

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.)

  • For fastening your paper to the board use either blue painter's tape (1-inch preferred) OR 4 large bulldog clamps. The clamps are my favorite, because they allow the paper to expand a bit when it is wet. This helps to prevent buckling.

  •  2 bowls for water (Cool-Whip containers) 
  •  plain white paper  (a few sheets), 
  •  pencil  eraser. (White vinyl, not the pink type.)
  •  hair dryer 
  •  small towel
  •  facial tissue




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