Essential watercolor supplies to create your own masterpiece

People often ask me what materials I use, where I buy my supplies and how I know if I like a certain paper or pencil. In this blog you can read all about the products I use for my watercolor paintings (check them out here) and why I like to use these products. This blogpost is not sponsored whatsoever, just an honest recap of the products I use and like. I buy all my supplies at the local Van Beek Art store in Groningen, but they have a pretty decent webshop too if you are not living close to one of their stores.

1. Watercolor paper

Definitely invest in watercolor paper. It might look appealing to buy the cheap block of paper, but this will definitely show in the end result. I always use Schut Terschelling hot pressed paper in different sizes as I really like how the water flows on it. In general, hot pressed paper (has less texture) works better for me compared to cold pressed paper (has more texture).

2. Watercolor paint

When I started with watercolors, I bought this set of 12 watercolor naps from Winsor & Newton. It does not cost you much and lasts very long. Perfect to start off with.

Eventually, when I needed more colors I started to buy these tubes from Winsor & Newton and filled up some empty naps with the paint. I store all the naps of paint in this tin box, which is very easy to take and clips the naps perfectly. Whenever a nap is empty, I just refill it with the paint tube and let it dry for around 24 hours.

3. Brushes

To be honest, I am not a brush expert. I just bought some brushes in different sizes from the brand Winsor & Newton. You can check out the brushes here. As I have never used different brushes, I can't compare it to any other brushes. But in general I am quite satisfied with these brushes and never felt the need to buy different ones.

4. Other useful supplies

Some other supplies that are worth buying before you start your first watercolor experiment are:

  • A cheap watercolor paper block to practise on. You can use this next to your 'real' artwork to try out how colors and compositions look.

  • Good pencil and eraser. Be sure to remove all the remains of the eraser on the paper, as this will be very visible in the watercolor paint.

  • Masking fluid. I always use this one to mask the areas that I want to leave blanc, just paint over it and remove the rubbery like fluid after. Easy as that.

Hope this blogpost was useful and enjoy your artistic outbursts!

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