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 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]
- Hansa Yellow Light (Lemon Yellow)
- Naples Yellow
- Yellow Ochre
- Quinacridone Gold
- Isoindoline Yellow (Cadmium Orange)
- Cadmium Red Scarlet Hue
- Burnt Sienna
- Burnt Umber
- Carbazole Violet (Dioxazine/Winsor Violet)
- Green Gold
- Green Apatite Genuine (Hookers Green)
- Cobalt Teal Blue (Cobalt Turquoise)
- Prussian Blue
- Ultramarine Blue
- Paynes Grey
- Bloodstone Genuine
Some extra bullets I sometimes find helpful to add a little extra would be:
- Iridescent Topaz
- Iridescent Gold
- Naples Yellow Gouache (Winsor & Newton)
- Permanent White Gouache (Winsor & Newton)
If you love my colour choices and want a set that has one of each colour in you can get one here: GREG HOWARD COMPLETE WATERCOLOUR LANDSCAPE & SEASCAPE TUBE SET
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 Roll Self Adhesive Framers Tape [Not traditional gummed tape!]
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
Selection Acrylic Inks
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