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I’ve had a lot of questions about my watercolor supplies so I decided to write this post. I have three different sets of watercolors that I use for different purposes.
My favorite is the Winsor & Newton Pocket Set. It is a great quality and price to get started. It’s small and portable and has a nice range of colors.
I also love the Pentel Aquash Water Brush for travel journaling. I’ve tried other brands and didn’t like them at all… something about the Pentel design is much easier to control.
If you are working with kids or if you just want something inexpensive to start with I recommend Prang Watercolors. This is what my university required for art education classes because the pigments are much stronger than any other “school” brand. You can sometimes find these at your local Walmart.
For wet on wet washes nothing works like a good quality tube watercolor. I have been picking up a tube at a time to build my collection. My favorite brand is Winsor & Newton.
When I paint at home I use a variety of brushes, but I suggest starting out with a #8 Round. It is quite versatile and is the brush I use most for watercolor.
The paper I suggest for beginners is Canson Cold Press. It is a good quality for the price. (Whatever you do don’t use Strathmore brand as the water just pools on top.) You can also use heavy cardstock or mixed media paper in a pinch.