I am always asked where to find these items. There are several
places locally. They are:
Art Systems - Semoran Blvd. Casselberry. (One light South of Howell Branch Rd.)
JoAnn's Etc. - East Colonial Blvd (Behind Red Lobster, across from Fashion Square)
Michaels - East Colonial Blvd. at the Colonial Promenade Mall.
Sam Flax - East Colonial at Shine Street.
(140# to 300# paper)
For other mediums I recommend canvas. Use the less expensive
canvas board for practice and for learning and experimenting,
For the beginning class, I recommend at least 2 pads of 140# watercolor paper (9 x 12) or canvas board. With the exercises planned you will be going through a lot of paper in the beginning. This doesn't have to be an expensive experience. Later in the class we can discover the Arches 300# paper.
Various soft brushes
- Up to 1 to 1.5 inch width. For other mediums, I recommend an assortment of more sturdy brushes
A variety of flat and round brushes will be needed. Make sure you get some that holds their shape when they are wet.
Watercolor paints -
(tubes or cubes) and paints of your choice of mediums.
I recommend the "Artist Grade" paints. There are several brands out there. The one's I use are:
"Windsor Newton" - This is a wonderful paint, but quite expensive.
"Reeves" - This is also a good paint, but not quite as expensive, and excellent for what we are doing. I recommend the 18 count package. There are some new ones out. Ask your sales technition at the store about the Artist Grade Paints.
Masking Fluid -(optional) A small bottle is all you will need. If you're not sure, ask the attendant or sales person at the supply store to help you find it.
Mixing tray - I recommend the larger pallet tray that you can place your paints around the side and mix in the middle.
Masking tape -(for watercolor) I recommend the inexpensive Scotch brand of 3M manilla (tan in color) masking tape. I use this to secure the paper to a firm surface to insure it doesn't wrinkle or warp when the paper gets wet.
pencils and erasers - Get some hard/light led pencils to draw with. You don't want a lot of dark heavy pencil lines in your painting.
Xacto knife, or sharp blade - We will be using this to create effects.
Foam Core (32 x 40 )- (for watercolor) We use Foam Core in class to tape down our paper. Foam Core is firm enough to keep the paper flat, and light enough to carry around and not weight down your box.
Sketch pad - In the beginning you might use the sketch pad to take notes. Then you begin sketching subjects to paint.
Roll of paper towel - Paper towels are always handy to have around. After all, we are dealing with WATER. I find that Viva works best.
Container for water. Quart size (or larger). For other mediums I recommend cleaning fluids and mixing mediums you may be familiar with.
NOTE: There will be more items we will add to our box as time goes by. After 43 years, I'm still adding to mine.