What you’ll need – Watercolour Materials (3:10)

Required materials

I have included a list of required materials for this course. Where possible, I have included links where I buys these in New Zealand too.

You can get everything you need in New Zealand for about $50-$70.

  • Watercolour Paper – 300gsm (for cheaper paper, try Reeves or Bockingford. For professional-quality paper, try Arches). I buy mine from my local stationery store.
  • Watercolour Brushes – Round brushes, size 4 and size 10. (I love this Princeton Snap Sh Taklon Round 10 and this DAS Taklon Round 4) You can also buy packs of various brushes.
  • Watercolour Paint – Pan paints or tube paints are fine. (I started with this Reeves Watercolour Complete Set which is a great beginner option. Now I use a Winsor and Newton Cotman Colour Set like this one.)
  • 2H pencil – you can buy these individually from any stationery store like my local Paper Plus, Greymouth.
  • Paint Palette – it’s helpful to choose a palette with a slight slope to it rather than flat bottomed palettes.
  • Eraser and pencil sharpener.
  • Optional experimental materials: watercolour pencils, masking fluid, white crayon, metallic watercolours (you can get these in heaps of places, but I bought mine from an Etsy store like this).

I started with cheaper materials and used them for about 6 months before upgrading to better quality. Sometimes, my students get nervous about ‘wasting materials’ and starting with cheaper options can reduce this concern and give you a chance to see if you like it and stick with it before spending more.

Also, not that your watercolours will last a really long time – often years – so they’re an investment.

Once you have everything you need, join me in the Foundational Techniques class.

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