This is the current list of brushes and watercolor pigments that I use and recommend for my
workshops and classes.
Brushes: At least 2 round watercolor brushes: #14, #12, or #10. I recommend Golden Fleece brushes made by Cheap Joe’s or Robert Simmons “Expression Rounds”.
1 or more acrylic #10 or #12 round or flat brushes for collage and other mixed media approaches.
Paints: Buy tubes of Transparent to Translucent watercolor pigment, Professional Quality. Large tubes are more economical. Good brands are: Winsor Newton (NOT Cotman), Grumbacher’s finest (NOT Academy), Da Vinci, Holbein, Daniel Smith, American Journey (available only through Cheap Joe's catalog), M. Graham and Sennelier. At the end of this list are my favorite opaques made by Holbien.
Pigments: If you are on a limited budget, buy the 3 primaries: Cadmium Yellow light or Hansa yellow, Quinacridone Rose or Quinacridone Red and Ultramarine Blue. If you already have some watercolor paints consider the full palette listed below or bring your personalized palette of hues.
Winsor Lemon or Lemon yellow
Cadmium Yellow light
Quinacridone Burnt Sienna or Burnt Sienna
Cobalt Turquoise Light
Ultramarine Blue or French Ultramarine
When you ready to spend more money on beautiful paints try these:
Moonglow (Daniel Smith)
Juane Brilliant 1
Compose green 1