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What should you bring to your first class? [ more ]

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Lorraine "Rainey" Dewey
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What should you bring to your first class? 

The list below will be everything you need to start.   If you'd like to "try out" watercolor first, I can provide a minimum setup for use at the first class (a nominal cost will be added to the class instruction fee for use of paints and paper).  

Watercolor Paper

I suggest investing in good quality paper above all else.  Arches 140 lb. Cold Press watercolor (sold by the sheet or on a block) is the paper I use most often as it has great absorption qualities, is durable and helps the artist to achieve consistent results.  The Arches blocks can be pricey so you might to opt for a less expensive paper at first (although I would rather have you invest in good paper above the best paint or brushes).  If you do opt for a less expensive paper, just be sure what you purchase is watercolor paper, cold press, with a minimum weight of 140 pounds.


Primary colors in cool and warm.  Purchasing a watercolor set is a great way to start.  As your work evolves so will the palette of colors you use.   As for the paint quality - by all means purchase professional grade if your budget will allow.  If you must use student grade paints, that is fine for now.  I've used them for years and am only now transitioning to professional grade paints.  


Natural or synthetic - sable, squirrel or a blend of natural and artificial fibers (nylon).  Be sure you choose brushes specifically for watercolor painting.

* Flat (one inch)

* Round (several sizes, perhaps a Size 8 or 10 plus one small for fine details)

* Rigger (optional to start)

*Fan (optional to start)

*Stiff Bristle Brush

Other Supplies

*Sketch Book - medium to heavyweight paper for wet and dry media

*Pencil (2B and 2H) and eraser

*Spray bottle (Dollar Store type) for moistening your paints and other paint techniques

*Container - such as dish, bowl or bucket - something for water to clean off your brushes as you paint

*Paper towels or absorbant rag(s)

*masking tape (not needed if you have purchased a watercolor block)

*Board made of plexiglass, masonite or other surface on which to affix your watercolor paper (not needed if you have purchased a watercolor block). NOTE:  board size should be a minimum of 16" x 20" if you paint large and if you paint small [like me] a  clip board will do the job nicely.

*Reference material - what do you want to paint?  Bring a photo, still life subject, fruit, vase of flowers... or just an idea in your minds eye!

*Other fun things to paint with - natural sponges, salt, scraping tool, palette knife, toothbrush....