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Supply List


It’s a good idea to purchase only professional quality watercolor. Student grade paint, such as Cotman Watercolours and Grumbacher Academy may cost less but also contain less pigment. Do not buy gouache or any color with hue in its name. Some of the better watercolor brands are:

Watercolor Materials
Winsor & Newton Selected List Artists’ Watercolours (I prefer this brand) Holbein Artists’ Watercolour
Rowney Artists’ Watercolors
Schminke Horadam Finest Artists’ Watercolours
Sennelier Watercolors

*Cadmium Lemon Yellow
Cadmium Yellow Light or Cadmium Yellow Pale
Cadmium Yellow or Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Yellow Deep
*Cadmium Orange or Cadmium Red Orange
Cadmium Red Light or Cadmium Scarlet
*Cadmium Red or Cadmium Red Medium
Cadmium Red Deep
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Permanent Magenta or Permanent Rose
Winsor Violet
*French Ultramarine
*Cobalt Blue
Cerulean Blue
Winsor Blue (green shade), Intense Blue or Phthalo Blue
Phthalo Green, Thalo Green, Intense Green, or Winsor Green (blue shade) *Ivory Black

*Please make sure to get these priority colors

Several sheets of cold pressed or rough textured watercolor paper 140 lbs. weight or heavier, any size
Or cold (not) pressed or rough textured watercolor block
140 lbs. weight, any size.

Below are a few popular brands of paper: Arches (this is the brand I prefer)
Winsor & Newton

Flat Watercolor Brushes
Loew Cornell, Series 7100, One Stroke Flat, 1″, 1/2″ & 1/4″
Or Princeton 4050 Series Heritage Synthetic Sable, 1″, 1/2″ & 1/4″

Round Watercolor Brushes
Loew Cornell, Series 7020, Ultra Round, Size 6
Or Princeton 4050 Series Heritage Synthetic Sable Round, Sixe 6

Script Liner Brushes
Loew Cornell, Series 7050, Script Liner, Size 2, 4 & 6
Or Princeton 4050 Series Heritage Synthetic Sable Liner, Sixe 2, 4 & 6

Watercolor Palette
Robert Wood Watercolor Palette
John Pike Palette
Jones Watercolor Palette

Other Materials to Bring
A tall 1-quart water container
2B pencils & a kneaded eraser
Kleenex & paper towels
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

All the materials on this list are available at your local art store or through an online art store. I’ve listed a few below:


Drawing Materials
Drawing Pad (Strathmore 400 Series) 14” x 17” or 16” x 20” B Pencils (2B – 6B)
Kneaded Rubber Eraser, Art Gum, and/or Pink Pearl erasers Pencil Sharpener
Blending Stump

Optional Drawing Materials
Koh-I-Noor Pencil Lengthener Koh-I-Noor Erasing Shield Willow Stick Charcoal Sandpaper Block
Prismacolor Color Pencil Set
Higgins Waterproof Black India Ink, 1 fl. oz.
Hunt Speedball Pen Holder
Hunt Speedball Standard Point Dip Pen Nib (No. 513EF)
Scratch-Art Scratch Boards (Black, Preinked Ready to Scratch) 11″ X14″ Hunt Speedball Scratch Knives (Straight Edge & Curved Edge)
Bristol Board Pad

Other Things to Bring
Photographs with good light and shadow, that your child has an interest in drawing. Suitable subject matter could be a pet, family members, a vacation photo or any favorite picture. For a perspective lesson, have them bring in a picture of your house or a favorite building.

All the materials on this list are available at your local art store or through an online art store. I’ve listed a few below:

Joel Popadics’ Recommended Books

Here’s a list of some great books about art, art theory, artists, watercolor painting, and drawing that I have enjoyed reading over the years.

I highly recommend these wonderful compilations of inspiring essays about painting; as well as seeing and appreciating the world through the painter’s eye:
Art and Nature Appreciation, by George Howard Opdyke
The Art Spirit, by Robert Henri

Here are some great books for the watercolor collector or art enthusiast:
The Art of Ogden Pleissner, by Peter Bergh
Winslow Homer Watercolors, by Helen Cooper
Watercolors of John Singer Sargent, by Carl Little
John Singer Sargent Watercolors, by Erica E. Hirshler and Teresa A. Carbone
Awash in Color: Homer, Sargent, and the Great American Watercolor, by Sue Welsh Reed and Carol Troyen
American Traditions in Watercolors, edited by Susan E. Strickler
Anders Zorn, Sweden’s Master Painter, by Johan Cederlund, Hans Henrik Brummer, Per Hedstrom & James A. Ganz

Book recommendations for the watercolor beginner. These are useful for someone looking for a place to start, as well as to master some basic concepts.
The Artist’s Handbook of Materials & Techniques, by Ralph Meyer
The Complete Guide to Watercolor Painting, by Edgar Whitney
Herb Olsen’s Guide To Watercolor Landscape, by Herb Olsen
Painting with Light, by Betty L. Schlemm
Painting with the White of Your Paper, by Judi Wagner & Tony Van Hasselt
The Watercolor Book: Materials and Techniques for Today’s Artists, by David Dewey Watercolor, the Happy Medium, by William Schimmel

“Oldies but goodies” these books have been printed and reprinted for good reason:
Ways With Watercolor, (1949) by Ted Kautzky
Painting Trees & Landscapes in Watercolor, (1952) by Ted Kautzky
Watercolor and John Pike Paints Watercolor, by John Pike
Painting Boats and Harbors, by Harry R. Ballinger
Painting Surf & Sea
, by Harry R. Ballinger

Intermediate and advanced watercolorists will enjoy these watercolor instruction books:
Solving the Mystery of Watercolor, by David Taylor and Ron Ranson
Watercolor Impressionists, by Ron Ranson
Mastering Atmosphere & Mood in Watercolor, by Joseph Zbukvic
Breaking the Rules of Watercolor, by Burt Silverman
Color and Method in Painting as seen in the work of 12 American Painters, by Ernest W. Watson

Need help with a specific painting problem?
Landscape artists might find these books helpful:
Landscape Painting in Watercolor, by Zoltan Szabo
Painting Buildings in Watercolor, by Ranulph Bye
Marine Painting in Watercolor, by Edmond J. Fitzgerald
Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting, by John F. Carlson
Expressing Land, Sea and Sky in Watercolor, by Rowland
Hilder Watercolor Methods, edited by Norman Kent
Composition of Outdoor Painting, by Edgar Payne

For portrait painters:
Portrait Painting in Watercolor, by Charles Reid
The Watercolor Fix-It Book, by Tony Van Hasselt & Judy
Wagner Robert Wade’s Watercolor Workshop Handbook, by Robert Wade

Drawing Books:
Figure Drawing for All it’s Worth, by Andrew Loomis
The Practice & Science of Drawing, by Harold Speed
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards
How to Draw Animals, by Jack Hamm

Useful Magazines:
Watercolor Artist Magazine and The Artist’s Magazine are available in print or in digital formal (delivered by email to your computer’s inbox).
American Art Review features articles about artists and shows from the Colonial Period to the late 20th Century.

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