Greg Howard is a professional fine artist specialising in atmospheric, dramatic landscapes in watercolour & soft pastel. His work can be found in collections worldwide and he is a sought after tutor due to his easy going, informative no nonsense approach to the medium.

Learn what a professional watercolour artist has in his drawers! I’m talking about Art Materials!!..


Join me for Part 1 of the four part series of videos on the materials that I use on a daily basis as a professional artist. Having too much kit can actually be a hindrance when it comes to watercolour painting and so very often as artists we can be suckered into either buying too many art materials or buying the wrong tools for the job.


What happens then is we spend all our time deciding which piece of kit we want to use rather than actually getting on with what’s important - painting!  I’ve made so many mistakes with kit that I have lost count! However I learned….eventually - Was it costly? YES! Was it time consuming  - YES!  But my choice of materials has now been honed down (over the last thirty years or so) to provide me with everything I need and nothing that I don’t.


Hopefully you can maybe avoid a few of the pitfalls by learning from my mistakes.


Here’s a list of what I currently have in my drawers ooh err!


1 x 1/2 Imperial Lightweight Drawing Board

1 x Camera Tripod with Tripod Bracket to attach Drawing Board

1 x Large Watercolour Palette with plenty of mixing space

Watercolour Brushes - 1 x 2″ & 1 x 1/2″ Flat Synthetic Wash Brush, 1 x Squirrel Mop Brush Size 12 & Size 6, 1 x Ivory Pointed Round Watercolour Brush Size 8 (Hog Hair/Nylon Mix), 1 x Detailer Brush, 1 x Swordliner 1/2″ Watercolour Brush, 1 x 1/2″ Flat Hog Hair Brush

Watercolour Paints - Traditional Landscape Colours are fine but if you want the same colours as me then here they are:

[The colours in brackets ( ) are substitutes if you are not using Daniel Smith Colours]

1 x Water Bucket

Full, 1/2 or 1/4 Imperial Loose Sheets of Watercolour Paper.  The brands I favour are Arches, Bockingford, Saunders Waterford and Two Rivers]

1 x Clutch Pencil - 6B

1 x Kneadable Art Eraser

1 x Roll Self Adhesive Framers Tape [Not traditional gummed tape!]

Natural Sponges

Kitchen roll, Cellulose Sponge, Tea Towel


Selection Oil Pastels

Stanley Style Razor Blades

Peboe Relief Outliners - Silver & Gold

Silver & Gold Acrylic Pens

Black Pitt Artists Fineliners

Brusho Powders

Selection Acrylic Inks


Masking Fluid Fineliner - Blue


There are probably a few other bits’n pieces I use occasionally but that’s the important ones and really all you need to get a handle on this medium - oh and maybe a bit of practice lol!


Enjoy the videos! P.S: This free series is part of the introduction to my Watercolour Landscape Mastery Programymy online program where I teach you a range of simple techniques over a period of ten weeks that will put the fun back into watercolour for you and get you producing loose, vibrant, atmospheric, impressionistic, watercolour landscape paintings that have focus in just a few hours!


Want to buy a kit that has all of this stuff in it? Here you go: Complete Watercolour Landscape Painting Kit

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