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Interested in watercolors?  You don't need much to get started.

Many people have asked me what paints I prefer, or what tools I use in creating my paintings.  Or simply wondering how to get started in watercolor.  Here I'll be posting a growing list of the brands and tools I use in creating my art.  Additionally, you can help support me by purchasing through my Amazon Affiliate links provided below.   I'll be slowly adding more to this as time goes on.

Getting Started


Want to get started with watercolors?  Want to test the waters (no pun intended) but don't want to spend a fortune?  Here are some simple tools you can start with.  These tools are great to get started with if you don't want to just get the cheapest options out there.  My first foray into watercolors started with tools similar to these.

Golden QoR Watercolor - mini 12-color half pan >


QoR is a solid and affordable way to start getting into watercolors.  This set will give you enough colors to practice mixing colors and getting used to creating  various washes.

Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour+ 24 color set >


The Cotman brand is Winsor & Newton's student brand.  The colors are high quality and pigmented and great for learning.  It also provides a solid path for upgrading once you're ready to take the next steps.

Winsor & Newton Cotman Short Handle Brush >

These 4 brushes are all you need to get started.  The larger round brushes for your broad washes, and your flat brush for controlling your edges.  I still keep Cotman brushes in my current repertoire of tools.  Feel free to add a smaller flat brush or a larger round as you need.

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Bee Paper - Cold Press 140 Pound paper>

Get the best Watercolor paper you can consistently afford.   Watercolor is all about the paper. Cold Press has a nice fun texture to get you started.  If you want to try for more details, switch to a hot press watercolor paper with a smooth finish.

My Tools

Ready for the next steps?  Time to upgrade your paints and brushes?   It's always a challenge to know what to upgrade. Here are some of the tools that I use.  I will post more soon, thanks for your patience. In the mean time,  check out my video about getting started in watercolor.

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