Linda Okazaki/ Walk in the Woods
Watercolor Painting & sketching supply list:
Paper towels or blotting paper
Tin can for holding brushes or some other container
Pencils, soft graphite, eraser, pencil sharpener
Carrying box, bucket or pack for supplies
Figure out how you can easily transport all your supplies for open air painting Water container holding all the water you need for a session
Palette for mixing paint (lightweight is good)
Something to sit upon. Some use a bucket and carry supplies in bucket.
Some use a portable easel or simply have the watercolor block on their lap
Small 5 x 7” watercolor block is recommended for quick sketch
Blotting paper—(a few paper towels)
Place to hold book. Reference spoken word.
Palettes: Any below
Above is a selection of watercolor palettes that vary in size and cost.
I like the covered palettes as it provides a mixing palette too
or white plates from Goodwill or garage sales but they are heavier to transport.
White palette or plate is best for seeing the color of paint.
Watercolor paint: Student grade watercolor paint is acceptable:
Shop around and find a selection of paint and brushes that work for you.
These are suggestions of colors I would choose for a traveling paint kit. Painters, select from your personal preferences( * indicates a recommendation)
Cadmium Yellow *
Cadmium Red *
Cobalt Blue *
Cobalt Teal Blue
Hookers Green light *
Raw Umber *
Chinese white *
Ivory Black *
A variety of sizes are helpful both for detail and broader strokes. Purchase according to your budget and prospective longer-term use.
One student liked using one brush for everything a Robert Simmons Goliath brush and that worked well for her http://www.dickblick.com/items/05801-9036/
Basically it’s good to have a small medium and large brush. Look over what you have and shop locally or online. One can buy a package of several brushes at a reasonable price. Shop according to your budget. Most anything will work for your needs. You might even want to apply paint with a branch.
Below is one example.
Other watercolor paper may be used, these are only suggestions. If the paper you choose is very light-weight, it means needing to tape the paper to a board. If paper is light-weight, tape is needed along with a board several inches around larger than the size of your paper.
The benefit of working from the watercolor block is that the paper is fixed and doesn’t curl with water soaking the surface. This small watercolor block is recommended.
Fabriano Artistico watercolor small block for quick studies is also recommended.
Some experienced plein-air painters often use a larger watercolor paper block for broader strokes.
Larger watercolor paper blocks:
Arches Watercolor Block, 140 lb, Cold Press, Arches Watercolor, 140 lb 20 sheets choosing a size that works for you. You want to have room to move your brush.
Using colored pencils is totally optional
Students are encouraged to experiment as desired.
Additional options for supplies:
Places to buy supplies: look ahead for special sales
Daniel Smith http://www.danielsmith.com/
Jerry’s Artarama http://www.jerrysartarama.com/ need to plan for shipping that may take 2 weeks
Olympic Art and Office Port Townsend, WA (offers PTSA students a 10% discount)
Quimper Mercantile, Port Townsend, WA