Instructor --- Elizabeth Greaf
(631) 689-5604 email@example.com
New to Watercolor? If you are, you will only need paper and pencil at the first class.
At that class, you will learn about watercolor materials and therefore be able to avoid purchasing materials that are of poor quality and therefore will block you from developing good watercolor skills and artwork.
Where to purchase supplies?: The best priced and quality supplies are found on-line. This is much, much less expensive than purchasing from most nearby sources of art supplies and the quality and selection are usually better. The best source that I’ve found on Long Island is Dick Blick, near Roosevelt Fields. See a list of 800 numbers on the back.
HB drawing pencil.
Staedtler Mars Brand Plastic Eraser
Sketchbook for planning watercolor paintings.
Sketchbook 9” X 12” or larger. I prefer the Strathmore Recycled book with the spiral binding on the left.
Get a small one that can slip into your pocket so that you can easily carry it with your sketchbook and a pencil.
A Note about watercolor supplies ---
the better the materials you obtain, the happier you will be with your work. It particularly impossible to feel successful
on poor quality watercolor paper. Paper
is the last place to economize in watercolor.
Student grade paints are less expensive but will never give you the brilliant colors of “artist” quality
paint. However, they are adequate for
starting out and you can upgrade as you replace one tube at a time.
Watercolor brushes have shorter handles than oil and are made of hair or specials ynthetics. The synthetic brushes are better than most of the “hair” brushes with the exception of sable. Sable is excellent and can be very expensive. Only purchase synthetic or sable or a blend of the two. Most important is the quality of the individual brush. All brushes need good “spring” when wet,round brushes MUST come to a good point.
Preferably in tubes. (Absolutely no black or white paint to be used for classes with this instructor).
Winsor Newton is one of the best of the many different watercolor paint brands. Their tubes are
either labeled “Artist” or Cotman. Cotman is the diluted student grade paint and will not give you the brilliant colors of the higher grade. Grumbacher’s student grade is called Academy. I also use “Daniel Smith” brand paint (order from Daniel Smith by phone or on-line). Other good brands are Sennelier and Holbein.
Please have these colors, they are specifically selected to enable you to have a basic palette that will fully meet your needs.
You will need enough watercolor paper to (1) make color notes to keep, (2) do exercises, (3) create your paintings.
students quickly find the need to move to a better paper.
For travel, I use a smallone that folds shut, has about 24 places for paint around the edges and is
divided into approx. 5 paint mixing areas. You must have sufficient areas to hold several colors mixed at one time.
My preference for a full sized studio palette is the Creative Mark palette from Jerry’s.
an additional small one to be used if you work with liquid mask.
Find at grocery, Target, drug store.
Masking liquid and accessories ---
Some Catalogs for art supplies:
The Jerry’s Catalog 800 U-Artist www.jerryscatalog.com
There is a Jerry’s Artarama in Virginia Beach, near Route 64 in Virginia Beach
Cheap Joe’s 800 227-2788 www.cheapjoes.com
Daniel Smith 800 426-6740 www.danielsmith.com
Dick Blick Art Materials 800 828-4548 www.dickblick.com
Walls Alive 4264 Casey Blvd in Williamburg's Newtown has a small art supply section but does not carry Winsor Newtown or Daniel Smith paint. (757) 229-0086
If you have any questions about this list please contact Elizabeth Greaf at (516) 383-1137 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated March 2014