Watercolor Painting Equipment Resources for Watercolor Painting and Sketching
To start painting, you’ll need watercolor painting equipment. Whether you’re painting outside or in your studio, the resources below will help you build your kit.
Favorite Watercolor Supplies
Some of my favorite supplies for Watercolor painting.
My Favorites for Urban Sketching
Urban Sketching is sketching done on location and not from a photo or memory. It usually takes a minimal amount of supplies and even time but you make the kit your own. This year I’ve been spending some time introducing Urban Sketching to people around the world and I want to share the tools we’ve been using.
Make the kit your own! Customize it with your favorite tools. Not one kit is the same.
The Sketch Book
Carry with you what fits. If you carry a small bag, get a small book. Make sure that it’s not an inconvenience to carry it around with you all day. You can have other books that are larger for days when you’re going out just to sketch but day-to-day may be more manageable with a book that fits your everyday bag.
The Waterproof Ink
These are my favorite brands for urban sketching. They’re waterproof and dry quick.
The Travel Brushes
Water brushes are great on the go. I’ve been using the Medium and Large brushes in my watercolor kits but they are available in a wide variety of tips.
The Travel Palette
Whether its DIY or store bought, make sure your palette is the right size to travel with.
Other ways to watercolor
Last year I purchased a set of these Winsor & Newton Watercolor markers and have brought them out for sketchers to try. I’ve gotten mixed reviews and I’d recommend trying one for a couple of dollars rather than investing heavily into the set. Scroll through and hover over a color to view its name and price.
Derwent Water Soluble Sketching Mixed Media (8 Count)
- A great introduction to the world of water soluble sketching media
- Create bold strokes and precise lines
- Blocks are used for sweeping tone and blend easily
- Pencils add fine detail and highlights
- Pack includes 3 Sketching Pencils (HB, 4B, 8B), 2 Graphite Sticks (2B, 6B), a paintbrush, pencil sharpener, and a plastic eraser
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