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(Watercolors in tubes: Windsor Newton/Schmincke/Sennelier/Old Holland) Professional quality paint is highly recommended. (If possible, avoid Winton and Cotman -- they are WN's student grade).
Alizarin Crimson
Cadmium Red (light)
Cadmium Yellow ( light or pale)
Ultramarine Blue
Neutral Tint (this is a very dark -- dark color)
Yellow Ochre

Windsor Blue (green shade) or Phthalo Turquoise
Prussian Blue or Indigo
White Gouache


Watercolor brushes (large round brush that comes to a point):
daVinci Spin-Synthetics (Series 488 #6 or larger)
size26 or similar in Cosmotop Spin (SERIES 5580) or Robert Simmons: round synthetic
flat brush 1 to 1 1/2"

Note: Watercolor brush selections vary from store to store.  If you can’t find the large round brush recommended on my list, choose one that seems the largest that also comes to a really sharp point. Measure the neck (where the metal meets the brush) and try for 3/8” or larger. White synthetic holds up well and is a practical alternative to natural brushes.


John Pike/other large, white watercolor palette


18"x24" watercolor pad/block, (Arches 140 lb./cold press is recommended)
optional: assorted large sheets and/or blocks (Blick/Canson/Fabriano/other)

Other Materials

two large containers (for water - large plastic yogurt containers work well)
several saucers/bowls/tuna cans/etc. (for mixing pools of color)
paper towels/kleenex
drafting or masking tape
clear push pins (after first class meeting depending on classroom location)
#2 HB pencil / gum eraser
straightedge or ruler

See our list of art supply vendors

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