Watercolor Supply List


PAINTS (tubes only, no pan paints)

Basic transparent colors

Grumbacher lemon yellow; Aureolin yellow (AY) , New Gamboge (NG)

Cobalt Blue (CB)

Viridian (VI) (Grumbacher brand if possible- not Winsor-Newton; too grainy)

Strong, staining transparents

Alizarin Crimson (AC)

Pthalocyanine (Thalo) blue (TB)

Thalo green (TG)

Semi-opaque colors

Cadmium yellow medium (CYM)

Cadmium red, light or medium (CRL)

Ultramarine (Ultra) blue (UB)

Payne’s Gray (PB)

Burnt umber (BU)


Burnt sienna (BS)

NOTE: The above colors are only suggestions, there are many colors available. Earth tones (browns)& blacks are easy to mix so they are not essential.


CYAN: (blue) Grumbacher Thalo blue or W&N Cotman turquoise. Holbein peacock is close but not lightfast. Winsor blue is close but not as clean as Grum. Thalo.

MAGENTA: W&N permanent rose. Holbein opera is closest to true magenta but not lightfast.

YELLOW: Grumbacher lemon yellow. Gamboge & cadmium yellow (light) are close but have some magenta in them. Aureolin is also a good transparent yellow.


One large wash brush (oval or flat) 1” wide.

One medium size round: size 10, or 12

One small round: size #4. (Sable)

Other sizes if you can afford them.

Sable brushes are the best but also the most expensive. There are good synthetic and natural/synthetic blends available. Avoid stiff bristle brushes used in oil painting. (Ask the clerk for help). Buy the best you can afford, they will last a lifetime, properly cared for.

PAPER A pad or block of 140lb (or heavier) paper no less than 12”x14”. The larger the better. Can be wire bound pad or a glued block (block is better, however, since it does not require stretching to stay flat.

(Optional) A pad of 140 lb paper, wire bound, 8”x10”” size for class exercises.

Small sketch pad 3”x 5” to test colors and do thumbnail sketches. ca.60-80 lb.

PALETTE Plastic with 12 or more small wells to hold paint and a few large ones for mixing colors. One with a cover is best if available.


Small, natural sponge (Elephant ear) ca. 2-3” 4H pencil.

(Optional stuff) Old toothbrush, dry rag (washcloth or piece of towel is best), shoe box (or something similar) to carry supplies in. Small pump spray bottle to moisten (mist) paints or paper.

PORTFOLIO: Fold a piece of poster board in half and tape or staple the sides to store your work in. Or buy a real one.


Unused paint may be left on the palette (keep it horizontal) and remoistened in the next session. Should be covered with lid or plastic wrap if possible.
Watercolor will stain, so try to keep it off of your clothes. You can bring in an old shirt as a smock or we have aprons you can use but they don’t have sleeves.
Clean up after yourself. Do not leave paint on the tables to dry.
Work can be stored on the shelves in the kitchen next to the refrigerator.
Brushes should be cleaned with a small amount of Ivory soap or liquid (at the sink) ; and generous amounts of warm (not hot) water.
It is best to allow wet brushes to dry in a horizontal, not vertical, position. Shape the bristles while still wet.
Do not leave brushes standing in water container while painting.