Materials and Equipment
With skill and desire, a masterpiece could be painted on a scrap of packing paper using a mug of tea and a decorating brush. However, I suggest we use materials and equipment designed for watercolour painting:
- Watercolour paper - It is essential to use watercolour paper. I'd recommend a NOT surface from a known maker, eg St Cuthbert's Mill or Arches. I buy full sheets and cut to the size needed. You can use blocks which are convenient but more expensive. In the UK try Jackson's Art or Cass Art.
- Brushes - Again, quality counts. I'd recommend a mop, a #14 & 12 synthetic and a rigger.
- Paint - Any good quality artist grade paint is recommended, either tube or pan. These have more pigment than the cheaper tubes and pans.
- Palette - Anything can be used from a white plate, a ramekin to a £250 custom made brass beauty, but something with a few deep wells for mixing is best.
- Board - You'll need a surface on which to attach the paper. This can be a board rested on a table or something more elaborate attached to an easel or tripod.