Welcome to a fun watercolor class. Here is the list of suggested materials.


This a recommended brand of brushes, but not required. There are other nice brands in the market.

Silver Brush set SLM- Basic Susan Louis Moyer Silk painting watercolor set. Size 4, size 8 and size 12.  A rigger brush for details will be good to have too.

If you don’t have any brushes you can start with Windsor and Newton watercolor brushes in the same sizes above. You can find these at Michael’s.


Set of Windsor and Newton Cotman watercolor Field Box set of 12 colors.  It works well for beginners. Here is the link to buy this palette.

If you want better quality watercolor paints I will recommend Daniel Smith.

These colors are good to have. They are expensive so you can start with the small tubes.  You can find them in Michael’s.

Hansa yellow light

Hansa yellow deep

Quinacridone Rose

Quinacridone Magenta

Cobalt Blue

French Ultramarine Blue

Sap Green

Burnt Sienna

White Gouache (optional)

These two palettes that I am mentioning below are OPTIONAL if you want to buy good quality professional watercolors

If you want to buy a set I recommend these two from Daniel Smith that I found on Amazon.

-The first one only have six tubes that are the primary colors that you can mix and make other colors with them.

Here is the link if you want to buy it.

Or if you want a more complete palette, I found this one that have 12 of the most used colors and for the price I think it is a good choice if you want to continue painting with good quality watercolors.

Here is the link for the Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor Half Pan Set 12 colors with bonus 12 empty half pans in metal box


It is really important to invest in good paper if you want good results. For practice you can start with Strathmore Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb for beginners and practice.

But I recommend to use:

Arches- Cold Press 140 lb for all styles of painting.  Hot press 140 for more detailed work, Rough press 140 for landscapes and textural painting.  Available in pads or blocks.  Size of paper depends on what you want to paint..

Additional materials

Drawing board

Paper towels

# 2 pencil

Soft eraser

Tracing paper

Blue painting tape, Pro Artist tape if you do not like blue,

Masking fluid that helps preserve the white of the paper.  I use Miskit liquid frisket from Grumbacher, there are other brands like Pebeo or Windsor and Newton.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

And do not forget to bring a plastic container for water.

Additional suggested Materials

Spray bottle, mixing trays, saran wrap, salt and a hair dryer. (I will bring one to class)

Artist Materials Suppliers

Locals where most materials can be found-  Michaels Stores in San Jose, Lenz- Santa Cruz, Palace Art and Office Supply – Santa Cruz, Blick- San Francisco

University Art – Redwood City

Unique art materials can be found at Maido Santana Row San Jose, and Affordable Treasures Los Gatos.

Online suppliers

Amazon, Jerrys Artarama, Cheap Joes, Jackson’s Art

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