Everything you’ll need to paint
at home in our Zoom classes.
I know it seems overwhelming at first,
but just read
through it...you only need paper,
paints, and brushes.
The only thing I insist on
is top quality paper:
brand paper (or any 100% COTTON wc
but otherwise you’re welcome to
buy whatever brand paints and brushes you prefer.
The following list is very good quality
all available online. The big three
www.dickblick.com (with four stores in
Manhattan - be sure they're open)
PRINCETON Brush Set
Set of 6 Golden Taklon Brushes (No.
9153) – about $12
This synthetic Golden Taklon short
handled brush set includes the following shapes and sizes:
1, 6 and 12, Liner 2, Angular Shader 1/2" and Wash 3/4".
2. Creative Inspirations DuraHandle Short
Round Brush Sets
order the ROUND set of five. This brand also offers a FLAT set of three
actually prefer these three Fundamentals blue-handled flats: about $12
Short Handle Flat Brush Set No. 17, SKU 75137
100% COTTON paper is
ESSENTIAL! Please note that many art supply websites
are often sold
out of the Arches pads.
you can buy
full 22x30-inch sheets of Arches paper (or any other 100% cotton paper)
and cut them into sixths or eighths.
acceptable 100% COTTON brands below.
Watercolor Pads –
Cold Press, 140-lb.
9x12” (GREEN cover)
OR Rough Press,
140-lb. 9x12” (ORANGE cover)
About $15. If they’re out
of COLD press, order ROUGH press (Orange
cover) instead. Very little
Arches Watercolor Pads are 140 lb. 100%
cotton Watercolor Paper
in a 12 sheet, top-taped
(“Blocks” are taped on all
four sides, and are annoying to
Either COLD PRESS or ROUGH PRESS are
brands are okay
IF THEY ARE 100% COTTON.
COTTON is an absolute must.
be sure to check that before you
You may see "140-lb" on the pad, but that refers to the paper
whether it's COTTON.
If they’re out of pads, buy 2 or 3
full sheets (22x30 inches) of these
COTTON brands below,
cut them into sixths or eighths.
About $7 or $8 per sheet. Not all sites carry all brands, but it’s worth
around at the big three above or on Amazon.
ARTISTICO sheets (avoid their
Joe’s KILIMANJARO sheets
Strathmore GEMINI paper
(but ONLY Gemini)
**ABSOLUTELY DO NOT** buy any of those cheaper
“ideal for students” pads!
ie Strathmore, Canson,
Fabriano Studio, or the like.
They’re a total waste of money
beginners and horrible for working on wet paper.
(But if you already have those, don't
throw them out. When you get pretty good,
you can use them for wet-on-dry paintings. Counter-intuitive, but true.)
If your budget requires a less
Watercolors, 12 Color Pan Set
I do prefer tube paints, but this is an
JR38011 about $7
For those who want to get a little more
serious with better quality student
(my fave – really excellent for the price) or
student-grade tube paints are the best.
Around $3 to $4 per
tube; please avoid sets, which never have exactly the right color
7 Essential Van Gogh brand colors:
Azo Yellow Light (Lemon Yellow is
okay, but quite opaque)
Azo Yellow Deep, aka Gamboge or Indian
Permanent Red Light, or any Vermilion
or Scarlet or orange-red paint
Quinadcridone Rose, aka Permanent Rose
3 Optional colors: (recommended, but not essential)
Also available on www.dickblick.com
For tube paints, you’ll need a
If you care to spend more, virtually any brand of artist-grade
paint is a good choice.
My favorites are DANIEL SMITH,
UTRECHT, M. GRAHAM, TURNER,
and WINSOR & NEWTON.
Check; not all sites carry all
Absolute Minimum Palette:
Permanent or Quinacridone Rose, Prussian Blue
Scarlet or Vermilion
Permanent or Quin. Rose
Sap Green or any green you like
optional Earth colors: Raw Siena and
My favorite PALETTE:
Small or larger, either is fine. Really any
palette you like is fine; palette choice is very personal.
Joe's Folding Palette, Large
about $10 (there's a similar,
smaller palette, but the larger is much better)
Same palettes from Dick Blick:
NOTE: It's best to FILL
UP the wells in your palette TO THE TOP with
paint, leave it open,
and let the paint dry for about 24 hours. Keep open palettes out of
reach of children and pets.
On other websites:
Small SPRAY BOTTLE
Available at most drugstores. Alas,
impossible to order just one or two on Amazon, but you
can do it on
Jerrys or Cheapjoe’s sites. Or just wash out a small hairspray
bottle or the like.
8-oz. with trigger:
These are very big, floppy brushes used for wetting the paper
more easily. Three options:
1. find an old blusher brush, wash it thoroughly, and it
works just fine.
2. buy an E.L.F. brand big blusher brush, white handle, about
$3 in most drugstore cosmetic depts.
3. buy a “real” mop or hake (rhymes with hockey)
brush in an art store
(Beware: they’re way more expensive)
OPTIONAL: SCRUBBER BRUSHES
If you plan to keep painting,
it’s nice to have one or more SCRUBBER brushes to correct
or delete errant bits of paint. One
Medium-size one is plenty,
but check out the set of 3
at the bottom of this page:
OPTIONAL: HEAT GUN
Quieter and quicker than a hairdryer,
but a hairdryer works just fine.
Caution: Heat guns get REALLY hot,
and NEVER use an extension cord with
these. But very useful!
link doesn't work, just search for "buy Ranger Heat Craft Tool" and be
sure to get the one
USA, not the UK. They used to be about $25, but as of 11/20 they are
OPTIONAL: DIGITAL LIGHT PAD/BOARD for
handy to trace images you have printed out. You can just use your
window during the day,
but this is handy after the sun sets. About $20 or $25.
Note: It requires being plugged into a standard USB port.
If this link no longer works, search for the
A4 Ultra-thin Portable LED Artcraft Tracing Light Pad