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WATERCOLOR PAINTS – (Do NOT buy 'student grade')


Best Brands to Buy:


All listed below are Grumbacher or Winsor & Newton unless I've listed another brand. These paints will last you a LONG time. Please don't purchase any other greens than those listed. I know they look luscious and tempting, but trust me for now, you'll be wasting your money until you understand how to mix greens.

Winsor & Newton Brand:

  • Winsor Blue (Green Shade)

  • Winsor Green (Blue Shade)

  • Winsor Orange

  • Winsor Violet

  • French Ultramarine

  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson

  • Cerulean Blue

  • Burnt Sienna

Grumbacher Brand:

  • Cadmium Red Light

  • Cadmium Yellow Light

  • Cadmium Yellow Lemon

  • Burnt Umber

  • Thalo Yellow Green


(After you've gained more skills and are just 'itchin' to add some new colors to your palette - these are the best colors worth your money.)

Grumbacher Brand:

  • Cobalt Turquoise

  • Cobalt Violet

  • Green Gold

  • Permanent Green Light

  • Quinacridone Crimson

  • Quinacridone Gold

  • Quinacridone Magenta

  • Ultramarine Violet

Derwent Brand Metalic Watercolor Pans:


​Get the pan set and save over individual pans. Includes silver, graphite, gold, pale gold, sunset, red, pink, purple, blue, ice blue, lime gold and green.

Or , buy them yourself

If you'd rather go shopping for supplies yourself, I've tried to make it as easy as possible for you to find what you need. Please make sure to buy only the brands I recommend -- you'll be saving yourself a huge headache and money in the long run. You can download a printer-friendly version of the supply list by clicking the button below:

The best place to purchase supplies

locally is:

Blick Art Materials

1844 India Street

San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 687-0050

Hours: Mon-Fri: 10-8

Sat: 9-7

Sun: 10-6

Want more options? You can find more at:

Where Can I Buy Supplies?



Good Brushes last for years if well taken care of. A Good Brush will make painting easier and a Bad Brush will only frustrate you and waste your money. Do NOT purchase 'Artist's Loft' brand from Michael's - they fall apart immediately!

You are looking for Short Handle WATERCOLOR Brushes.


I recommend the Winsor & Newton Sceptre Gold II brushes. These brushes will make painting EASIER.

They work extremely well, hold a lot of water and keep their point no matter how worn they become. . . . AND they are inexpensive.  You can purchase them inexpensively through Blick Art Materials.

More Fun! Watercolor Painting Supplies

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These are the only supplies that are NOT included in the Blick Art Materials supply list online (top right column.) If you are purchasing your supplies online, please make sure to bring these with you to your first class as well.

  • Indoor Slippers or Flip flops — The studio has a 'shoes-off' policy so most students bring either a pair of slippers (in winter), or a pair of flip flops for indoor use. You are welcome to be barefoot or wear socks as well.

  • LARGE Roll of PAPER TOWELS – select-a-size works well

  • Old 100% COTTON T-shirt cut up into approximately 8 inch rags (must be 100% cotton because it has no lint)

  • HB Pencil

  • Small Spray Bottle filled with water

  • Water Bottle with water for drinking

  • Bag for carrying your supplies (anything that works for you)

  • Apron or wear old shirt over clothes

Watercolor Painting Supplies

So you've just signed up for Watercolor Painting Lessons! You're going to have a blast. And now you're going to need supplies. I've done my best to break this down and make it as simple for you as possible. The easiest and least expensive way to purchase your supplies is to order the majority of them online (see the column to the right for instructions.)

If you'd rather buy them yourself, I've listed everything that you will need below. You can find a print-friendly version of the supply list here:

IMPORTANT Note: Good brushes, quality paper and artist grade paint will make a HUGE difference in your ability to paint – so please, give yourself the gift of success by purchasing the supplies recommend on this list. They will last you for years.

If you have any questions at all, feel free to text me at (949) 551-1987 and I am happy to clarify for you.


Order WATERCOLOR supplies

in one click!

To make it easy for you, you can order the majority of your supplies online and save time hunting around for everything on the list as well as money, since Blick Art Materials has great prices! It usually takes about 10 days for supplies to arrive, so if you have time, this is the best method.

I've already selected all of the main supplies that you will need and put them in a class list -- just click the button below to add them to your shopping cart and check out!


There are several Miscellaneous Supplies that you will need that are not included in the list above. They are at the bottom of the supply list on the left hand side. Make sure you bring those with you to your first class as well!

One more thing -- if any of the items are 'Out of Stock', go ahead and order them with the rest of your supplies They will be shipped free of charge once the item comes back in stock.

Watercolor Painting Supplies

Here's What You'll Be Getting

Optional Supplies

If you own a digital tablet or smaller laptop, you are welcome to bring it to class with you. A tablet is a great tool for research! If you don't have one, no worries.

Confused? I've made it MUCH EASIER for you by creating a list on Blick Art Materials. All you need do is click on the link. Everything is preselected for you so you don't have to figure out if you have the correct item. Adding everything to your cart will give you the price. You'll notice a promo code box at checkout. At the top of the website in red, you'll find that code. 

PLEASE NOTE: It takes 10 business days for your supplies to arrive so give yourself plenty by ordering early. Bring EVERYTHING to your first lesson. Lastly, if anything is 'out-of-stock', order it anyway. They won't charge you until they ship it, the shipping will still be free and they usually get new stock within a week or two.

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