Short Workshop Supply List

Short Supply List For 1-2 Day Workshops. updated 3/11/2023

Note: If you already have your favorite professional grade supplies, USE THEM.
If not, use this as a guide.

One large (1.5- 2 inch) flat wash brush. One large round brush size 14 or so.
I also like a "quill mop "size 6. In addition, bring your favorites.

Artist quality watercolor paper . Buy 100% rag (cotton) 140 lb. Cold press
8 -10 quarter sheets (cut 22x30 full sheet in 4) or a watercolor block 9x12 or so. NOT JUST "ACID FREE"
Sketchbook or loose practice paper (10-20 sheets), pencil, kneaded eraser.

PAINTS. Suggested. Use Artist Grade (example Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors)
- 2 REDS:
1 cool, 1 warm
Suggestions. Permanent Alizarin Crimson. This is a cool red
A warm Red /pink (e.g.Quinacrodone or Perm. Rose, Scarlet Lake, Quinacrodone Pink or Quin. Red). Opt: Permanent magenta
- 1 RUST: Quinacrodone Burnt Orange (Daniel Smith), or Burnt Sienna
- 3 -4 BLUES:
Cobalt Blue, French ultramarine, Thalo (aka Winsor) Blue. Cerulean blue.
1 cool 2 warm. A transparent cool yellow (aureolin, Winsor Lemon)
Warm yellows New gamboge, Quinacrodone gold (a must)
Viridian, a must. Small tube OK.
Perylene Green (a great pigment) or Thalo/Winsor Green
- 1 DARK: Neutral Tint is a great transparent dark. Or SEPIA, Payne’s Gray

Other. BOARD: non-porous. Best: plexiglass, a little larger than your normal working sheet of paper. Get at hardware store. Contact Jane if you need one.

--Spray bottle(s). At least 3-4 water containers. Hair dryer (optional)
--Scraper(s), e.g. old credit card CUT UP in triangles, or palette knife.
--Blotters, e.g. sponges, clean towels, tissue, paper towels
--White plastic palette with large wells, or porcelain butcher tray.
My fave palette now is the John Pike plastic palette with BIG wells, for 18 colors, good for big brushes and has inside cover mixing area.
--Photos to paint from. If possible print in black and white as well as color.
--Opt: a "dead" painting you'd like to fix but don't know how. You'll learn some magic!

To SAVE MONEY: order online, especially for paper and pigment which really should be professional grade even if you're a beginner. It makes a huge difference! Order online from Cheap Joes, Daniel Smith, Dick Blick or Jerry's Artarama.
A 22x30 sheet can be cut into quarters. One sheet about $7. Well worth it!

Questions? Email Jane Barnard at