Buying watercolor supplies is the first step in learning how to watercolor, but they don't have to be expensive. You can make choices based on your budget. If your budget is modest, you can get what you need for a relatively low cost. If money is not a problem, there are also lots of expensive options you can explore. Generally, you just need paint, paper and a brush to start. However, there are some other inexpensive supplies that will make the process of watercolor painting easier.
Let’s start with a list of these basic supplies and move on
from there. If you are just starting out, the following list can get you
started in creating a completed painting without spending a bundle:
The list above is a good starting point, but as you move forward in your studies and ability, or you have more money to spend, I would also buy:
You also want to think about your painting location. Ideally, it would be a comfortable chair and table/desk, preferably next to a window. If you don’t have a window location, pay attention to the lighting in your painting location. Regular light bulbs will not show your paint colors accurately.
Instead, buy a daylight bulb for your current lamp, or a daylight lamp such as an Ottlight (I found mine at Hobby Lobby) or the more expensive daylight lamps from Daylight Company.
Watch this short video to see what I mean about lighting and color:
It’s also helpful to have a long, smooth block of wood to support your
painting surface so that it’s tilted towards you. This will keep you from having neck and back issues and it will minimize the possibility of smudging wet paint as you lean over your painting.
As you build your skill level in watercolor, you may want to purchase
or gather other supplies for trying some more advanced watercolor techniques:
Most of the supplies listed on this page can be found at any hobby store. You can also order them from Amazon, JerrysArtarama, or Dick Blick.
Finally, here’s a printable PDF of this page for
you to download.