Crash course- Lesson I

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Let’s talk supplies!

I’d like to say it doesn’t matter what supplies you use, it’s all the same. But it’s not. Your paints, and brushes, and papers will make a world of difference in your work. So this is a little crash course in basic watercolor supplies. These are the materials I use and work with everyday!

Brushes

Let’s start with brushes. You need a decent set of basic brushes, enter my fav- Princeton synthetic sable brushes. These are affordable and easy to find. I can get the cleanest lines or the most romantically loose flower petal with them. I have a ton of different brushes from flat to mop to fan, but I almost exclusively use my rounds #2, #6, and #12. They are worth it!

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Paper

Next your paper. I really think next to the paints themselves, your paper is soooo important. Crappy paper will give you crappy results. Watercolor paper is made to handle lots of water and let the water do the work. It has a lot of “tooth” to add all that great watercolor details.
See…

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I use this, Legion paper- and this is what you get- that magic! It holds the water in all the right places, it’s watercolors best friend.

Paints

I’ve played around with sooo many paints (and I encourage you to, too!), but I pretty much am faithful to Windsor & Newton watercolor paints. They are rich in pigment, high quality, and I just prefer them. I started with them, experimented with other brands , and came back. You need a basic palette so get your self some reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, throw in my favs- opera rose, paynes gray, mars black, viridian…pretty much all the colors are my favs.

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I prefer tubes- then I squeeze them out into my palette and let them dry. Once dry they are ready to go! When you set up palette, try to put your warms with warms and cools with cools. That way it’s easier to mix and keep your colors clean.

Thats it! So go get your supplies and come back next week for crash course - lesson II!