· 1-2 Spiral Watercolor Sketchbooks.
I love the Strathmore “Windpower Watercolor, Cold Press & Acid Free” kind (red cover) and are 9” x 12” in size and contain 15 sheets at 140lbs per sheet weight. If you go with a different brand, look for “140lb cold press” as the quality of the paper is everything...poor paper quality will compromise your results.
· 1 Drawing Sketchbook.
There are lots of good choices out there. I use Canson 9” x12” 70lb spiral bound, also has red cover. This has a fine surface which nicely accepts various pens.
Bring black Sharpies (Fine Point and Ultra Fine Point) for use in class. I will have some for use in class, but you will want your own. If you have other pens to bring, do so. If you are buying new, always choose permanent ink pens. You don’t want your penwork to bleed when we use watercolors! OK to also bring other colors and brands with varying size tips. If you love fine detail and intricate line work, bring a 5-pack of Prismacolor Premier Pens (sizes included: 005, 01,03, 05, and 08) or similar.
· Watercolor Brushes.
Come with a few good ones in various sizes, including a round #4, a round #6 or #8, and a round #10. Get brushes which use a blend of natural and synthetic fiber. (The brush will say “sable/synthetic”— these load well and have a nice spring. Floppy limp brushes will let you down.) I’ll share more about brushes at the first class and let you try some of mine throughout the month so you can decide what other brushes you might want to buy down the road.
· Other. I will bring most other things you’d want to use but in your bag, please also bring:
· A pencil and a gum eraser and ruler.
· Inspiration Pieces. Bring photographs you love that you might want to paint.