Watercolour Art Supplies Review

Watercolour Art Supplies Review

Interested in watercolour art but don’t know where to begin? Our mentor Hiromi-Hana knows how overwhelming it can be to look at all those alternatives in art stores, and gives you a few tips on art supplies to get started!

Hello everyone! I’m going to tell you about my experience on art supplies for watercolor.Watercolor is one of the relatively expensive mediums and it’s also a technique that can be quite frightening. A fear that I believe to be often related to the higher cost of the material. Fear of wasting a sheet of paper for example, but still there is a way to find some good supplies to start to let go in order to progress.  

Hello everyone! I’m going to tell you about my experience on art supplies for watercolor.Watercolor is one of the relatively expensive mediums and it’s also a technique that can be quite frightening. A fear that I believe to be often related to the higher cost of the material. Fear of wasting a sheet of paper for example, but still there is a way to find some good supplies to start to let go in order to progress.  

Paper

You will find sheets of paper in various sizes, thicknesses and weights. When I started watercolor, I used to go with the paper of the brand “Canson Montval” . Price of the drawing pad: 5,10 € .

Description of the “Montval” paper (White fine grain paper, weight 300g/m²). This watercolor paper is specially adapted for learning how to use watercolor, thanks to its ease of application and use. It can also be well used for gouache or acrylic.

Description of Arches paper, price of the pad: 14,12€. This block of watercolor is of extreme quality. It is specially designed for the watercolor technique. The pad is glued on all 4 sides with 20 sheets of natural white 100% cotton paper with a weight of 300 g/m². There are 2 types of grain: fine grain or rag grain which has more relief.

Then there are the small watercolor notebooks which you can use to practice, and are ideal to start. I recommend that you get the cheapest paper so that you can freely experiment with your brush.

Brushes

There are a variety of good quality brushes and different shapes with their own characteristics. Their bristles can vary from nylon to marten. I mainly use nylon brushes. Certainly the marten remains “the best” brush for watercolor (beautiful pigmentation, longevity, retains water well …), but there are more and more synthetic brushes that have the same quality depending on the brand.

You don’t necessarily need a lot of brushes in your pot. Personally, I use 2 to 5 brushes, but depending on your evolution, you may want to look for more specific tools for your painting technique.Concerning your choice for your brushes, by experience, I have tested a lot of them until I found the tool that suits me. This will become your favorite tool, your darling, the most pleasant and/or ideal for your hand. I buy them at AVA or in specialized art stores where the salesmen and saleswomen can advise you and give you in-depth feedback on the different art supplies.

Here are my brushes on the picture below.I have two brushes of the brand :

  • Graduate Daler – Rowney Round n°1 & n°4

I have three flat brushes of the brand Marabu Fino :

  • Marabu Fino (spalter) n°4 : practical to make washes by covering large surfaces.
  • Marabu Fino n°6 & n°10: to fill smaller surfaces.

Watercolour

You can find watercolors in buckets and tubes, I started with buckets from a small box of the brand Daler-Rowney aquafine, it’s the cheapest on the market: 12.30 € And heaven, my little box lasted for such a long time with its 12 colors. I’ve had it since I was a teenager. If you’re a beginner, it’s ideal to start!

Currently I feel much more comfortable with this technique, I use the watercolor Sennelier which is more expensive: 54.10€ for a box of 12 colors. What I like about this brand is that the colours are denser and brighter, and I’m satisfied with the result every time.

Personally, I buy in tubes: 8.71 € for 10ml (yes, it’s expensive, I buy a new tube whenever my budget allows) Little by little, I am able to create my own color palette with those tubes, by reguarly adding new ones.Tip: I had tested two Sennelier colours in an empty cup, to make my own personalized mix of a new “apple green” that suits my taste.

Conclusion

Thank you for reading, and I hope the article will help you in your choices. Most importantly, have fun with watercolor! Test different materials, even the cheap ones at Action to give you an idea! As my art teacher used to say: the paper is not going to eat you :pFeel free to ask your questions, and even show us your “crash test” – we’d be more than happy to reshare them in our stories on Instagram @myartbizacademia!

See you soon!
Hiromi-Hana