Beginning Watercolor “PLUS” Set-Up
We start from the same place as the standard set-up, but large-size the entire selection. More color, larger palette, more paper and a few more supplies. 11 – 14ml tubes of M Graham color and a dot card with 238 more colors! You will be unstoppable.
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1 – 10 tube Set M Graham watercolors. Made next door in Oregon, we have enjoyed the M Graham colors for years. This set includes one each of their 15ml tubes: Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Sap Green, Burnt Sienna, Azo Yellow, Pyrrol Red, Phthalocyanine Green, Azo Orange, Nickel Quinacridone Gold and Dioxazine Purple
1 – M Graham Paynes Grey 14ml tube. We like the extra savings when buying a set, and enjoy the color selections. That being said, we like to get a good grey in your hands early in your learning process. You can sketch, practice washes and laydowns and learn how to create shading and tonal excitement using one grey.
1 – Daniel Smith 238 DOT card. One of the factors that makes watercolor so cool is that you can use them even when dry; they are water-soluble. Because of this, Daniel Smith can squeeze out a taste-sized drop of 238 colors for you to play with. Test a color before you use it and invest in a large tube. Having 10 tubes of color will help you mix so many secondary colors, but somedays you just want a splash of something wild!
1 – #1013 Jones Palette. We’ve upped the size of the palette from the basic beginner kit. 10”x13” palette that has 17 deep wells for color and large mixing areas. Most importantly a top! Since dried watercolors can be re-wetted there is no waste. The top also has a storage area for tubes or brushes!
1 – 9”X12” Arches Pad. 12 sheets Cold-Press. There are cheaper papers out there, but we have found Arches, being internally and externally sized, gives the best overall results. Even as a beginner, why work with a paper that might pill or “grab” your color and dull your results; using cheaper papers may save a little money but ultimately not be worth it.
1 – 6”x9” Vision Pad. 30 sheets of value watercolor paper. Perfect for practicing brushstrokes, color mixing, making color charts or working out ideas. You sometimes want a little paper to practice on!
1 – Fluid Hot-Pressed Block- 6”x8”. We are trying to tear down the tyranny of the cold-pressed paper surface! We’ve included this item as a try-out for two reasons. One: it has a hot-press or smooth surface; great for details and sharper lines. Two: it comes in a “block” format. The edges of the paper are glued to create a firm, non-wrinkling surfaces to work on.
1 – PB9144 Brush Set. A nice, affordable set that can take its licks. Set includes: Round #1 & Round #4 (pointed for detail and varying line widths), Shader #6 (medium-sized with a sharper line),Wash 3/8″
Wash 1″ (for applying larger areas of color).
1 – #8 Simply Simmons Brush. This is the workhorse of our watercolor world. A nice medium-large size, we suggest using one of the Princeton rounds (either the 1 or 4) to apply your masking fluid, and use this great brush for your everyday color application.
1 – Pebeo 45ml Masking Fluid & 1-Rubber Cement Pick-Up. Help keep the white of your paper white. Any areas that you want to keep bright white, paint on masking fluid, let it dry, and paint on and/or around. Once you’ve applied your color, peel up (using your Rubber-Cement pick-up) the rubber-based material to reveal the pristine white paper surface below. Block out large areas, lines or any shape that you want!
1 – pkg Transfer Paper. To help you transfer images and designs that you want to paint, use graphite paper. Much like carbon paper of old, stack your design, transfer paper and watercolor paper and trace over the pattern to transfer. This is water-soluble so lines fade. 4 – 9”x12”sheets and they are reusable!
1 – 3B Generals pencil. A soft graphite pencil to lay out guidelines or sketch with.
1 – .08 LePen Technical. Black ink, permanent when dry. You can ink over dried watercolors or draw your lines and fill in with color. Also available in 4 or 8 pen sets.
1 – Oops Eraser. Another little hidden gem; who doesn’t need a large eraser somedays? From our history, this eraser does the best of any to erase the graphite lines from watercolor paper, even lines from underneath painted watercolors. Also cool since it is an eraser that says “Oops”!