prefer, you can order a “Beginner’s
from me for $55 (about 15% off the cost of buying it all yourself),
12 sheets (about 9x12”) of Arches or Fabriano top-quality
half a tube of each of ten
a portable folding palette
six good-quality Princeton brand brushes
Be sure to order a kit if you need one. You can pay for the
kit along with the class, via
PayPal (see the Sign-Up
page) or you can pay for it in cash at the first class.
that you can't run out of paint
during class -- refills are included. (Other
doubtless already own, are listed below.)
You *may* want to purchase more paper ($14 per pad) as the
but most students find this kit is enough to last through six weeks.
your own materials, please refer to the
list below. It may look
overwhelming at first, but one visit to an art store (or half an hour
will take care of everything you need. Detailed information about
materials and art stores follow.
LIST: If you buy your own supplies, copy this list, print it out, and
show it to
PAPER: Buy ONE of
1. One PAD of Arches paper 9x12”
larger.It has a black and green cover. Be
sure to get COLD PRESSED paper. Available online, and at Utrecht and
New York Central Art
Supply, for about $16-17;
recommended. You can always buy a pad from me in the studio for $14.
2. OR: 3 sheets of ARCHES
or FABRIANO brand watercolor
paper, each 30 x 22” or larger (about $5 to $7 per sheet).
of "140-pound, cold press paper"
BLOCK of Arches paper, at least 8x10” (beware: blocks are WAY
more expensive than
pads, hard to use, and not recommended).
**ABSOLUTELY DO NOT**buy"student" or "studio" Strathmore,
Canson, Montvale, or Fabriano pads, or any other cheaper pad that says“ideal
students” -- they're not! You'll be wasting your money and buying
of grief. Trust me -- quality is a must here, and worth the
art store clerk to pick two decent
synthetic brushes for you. Utrecht and Princeton are good, inexpensive
brands. Cost runs $5 to
A 1-inch OR three-quarter-inch wide flat
(pointed) brush (#10 12, or 14; the bristles should be at least 1.25"
to 1.5" long)
Utrecht's own brand has a great kit of 4 watercolor
brushes, including a flat with a Lucite handle. Ask the clerk.
OPTIONAL USEFUL BRUSHES, $3 to $6 each:
a small #6 or #5 round pointed
brush for details
a 2" or 3" wide hake (pronounced
“hockey”) brush for
a thin “rigger” or "liner" brush
These student-grade paints are inexpensive, mostly $3-$4 per tube,
very good quality:
Van Gogh - sold at Dick Blick stores, Bond St. and 6th Ave.
Cotman (Winsor & Newton student grade) - most stores
Grumbacher Academy - check online first
If you care to spend more, the professional-grade
paints offer similar colors and characteristics, but with improved
lightfastness, intensity, and overall quality. Recommeded brands are:
Newton, available everywhere
Utrecht brand (only at Utrecht
stores or utrecht.com)
Daniel Smith (available online
M. Graham brand, at Dick Blick Art
Maimeri Blu brand, available at Dick Blick
on a budget:
but affordable: .............................
M. Graham, Utrecht,
.............................. Winsor &
and the Daniel Smith brands
"Lemon Yellow" or
Light" Van Gogh
or Utrecht brand
Lemon Yellow or
also known as...
Permanent Red Light
colors are available in all paints:
"Quinacridone Rose" Van
All are top quality at a more
reasonable price than W&N.
"Permanent Rose" M. Graham or Winsor
Graham brand is only at Dick Blick art supply, Bond St. off Bway.
Winsor & Newton
Green” any brand
Below are three
Gogh or W&N Cotman
Utrecht brand paints are only in
Dick Blick stores: 13th St. between Fifth and
University, 23d Street westside, and Bond Street near Houston.
Van Gogh, W&N Cotman, or
Gogh or W&N Cotman
a small plastic
palette with a hinged cover to
hold your paints (mixing dishes are provided in class,
handy to have a covered palette). Small is fine; most art stores
have them for $4 to $6. If you have lots
of room to
work at home, you might want a larger, flat
(many tupes available at
stores, but not essential).
At home you'll need
ITEMS” on the list
below. You can always borrow them from me in class as well. They
are: Paper towels and Kleenex,
a pencil, a ruler, a small plastic spray bottle for water (available in
the studio to borrow, or buy for $2), a few
ordinary plastic supermarket bags, a "kneaded eraser," available
for $1 in the studio or in any art/stationery store. And of course,
your own brushes,
you get more seriously into watercolor, you may want these for later
on; no need to buy them now, though.
A piece of lightweight corrugated
plastic, or a piece of foamcore, or heavy-cardboard mat covered
Contac paper, cut to about 10"x13",
at art supply stores. You can tape or clip your paper to this, which
it easier to work on wet paper later in the class.
If you can't find this, you can buy a plastic board from me
for $2. Otherwise, you can just borrow mine in class.
tape your paper to the board (about $5-7 a roll, depending on width).
The adhesive will
harm your paper, and it's
re-usable over and over again. EASIER: buy "bulldog clips" to clip
your paper to the board. Again, this is for later, and I can lend you
all these things in class.
No need to read further. But if you're interested, here are some useful
details about watercolor
is your single most important
item. Please buy ARCHES brand only! (properly pronounced
“Arsh”, but everone says "arches") Buy the "140-pound,
One 30" x 22"
sheet can be cut into quarters or sixths or eighths.
least one full sheet,
cut into smaller pieces like eighths or sixths, to the first
class.Protect them flat in
folder, or carry them in a large magazine.
you can buy Arches paper in pads or blocks if you prefer, at least
9”x12”. Note that PADS are much less expensive
than BLOCKS. You can always buy the pads from
me, for $13-15 each (depending on how the Euro is doing).
Never, NEVER, NEVERbuy
Strathmore, Fabriano, or Montvale
students” pads—they will doom you
failure and frustration. Trust me on this. Top-quality paper is
your top priority, and well worth the
Arches does not make
"student-grade" paper, so you can't go wrong with it. You can buy
top-quality pads of
Arches for $13-15 at Utrecht and New York Central...but
call first, they're
often out of
stock. (See “where to shop” below) or via Internet. I
always have them in the studio for purchase.
use about 2 sheets per class session. For homework, you can paint on
you like -- but at least 5x7”.
Note: DO NOT use acrylic or oil
brushes -- they are too stiff and not suitable forwatercolor.
Try to buy your brushes in person. Ask a
knowledgeable art store clerk to pick two
decent quality student grade watercolor brushes for you. Expect to
spend $8 to
$19 tops per brush. Princeton brand flat brushes
have been disappointing, but the Utrecht
brand (only at Utrecht stores) is very good.Loew-Cornell
flat brushes are also
good. Utrecht also sells Dynasty "Faux Squirrel" brushes, which are
excellent quality at a low price.
not invest in
costly sable brushes,even if money is no object. They are
actually much more difficult for a beginner to use. 3. TUBE PAINTS
or use a set of dry cakes of color. I’ve chosen the ten
colors above for best quality and price (mostly under $4/tube). You
probably want to add a few more colors later, but these have been
their superior transparency and non-staining attributes (which means
end up with “mud”).
Please AVOID "Reeves"
brand paints, which is for schoolchildren.
note that if you purchase a Beginner's
I will refill your paints if you run out during the 6-week class.
paints include: Van Gogh, Winsor & Newton Cotman,
Top-quality artist-grade paints
& Newton Professional, more
expensive, but the very
Utrecht Brand (available only at Utrecht
Supplies and online) are inexpensive but highly rated, a real
bargain. M. Graham brand
is excellent quality and value, with intense color. Daniel Smith paints
(available at Utrecht and online at www.danielsmith.com)
are highly rated overall, and less expensive than W&N...although
shipping is extra.
SURE you have all your supplies before class begins. Fill the wells in
your palette completely with paint a few days before class, and let
dry out. NOTE: DO NOT leave
your palette in a place your cat or dog can
walk through it or lick it...paints are toxic to animals.
I’ll supply you with plastic containers for holding water,
plus plastic plates for mixing colors. You can also borrow all the
things below. But for painting at home, it's good to have the following
Your paints, paper, and brushes, plus...
(generic is fine; don't use paper towels to blot your painting)
Papertowels or a household sponge
to use as a 'mop pad' to control the water in your brush. Bounty’s
good, and Viva works best—it has no texture, just in case you
need to blot your entire too-wet painting.
Ordinary pencil, preferably one marked "H" or "HB" instead of "B"
Kneaded eraser, available
in any art store and most stationery stores, is much better than
others, as it
leaves no eraser-bits and won't damage the paper.
small empty spray bottle for
water, available at most drugstores. If you can't find one, I have them
bags -- Several
ordinary clean ones from the supermarket, to safeguard your paints and
probably have most of these around the house, or hit
your 99-Cent store.
WHERE TO SHOP for
best prices are
found at Utrecht and Dick Blick, which are really the same
corporation. Tubes, brushes,
palettes, and sheets of Arches paper are available at almost any art
and some stationery stores.
Blick Art Supplies
1-5 Bond Street,
off Broadway just above Bleecker St.
Phone: (212) 533-2444
Monday - Friday: ,
Sunday: They carry M. Graham paints
recommended Arches pads, but call first to make sure the
pads are in
Dick Blick is also on Sixth Ave between 19th and 20th Street.
Art Supplies, now Dick Blick 13th St. between University and
Fifth Aves.212-777-5353 Open daily 10-7, Sundays 10-6.
is at 237 W 23rd Street, between
8th Aves. 212-675-8699
Open daily 9-8, Saturday 10-7, Sunday 11-6.
Friedman on 44 W. 18 Street; tel 243-9000
excellent brush selection here, with great sales from time to time,
esp. on full sheets of Arches paper.