You don’t have to spend a fortune to paint with watercolor, but certain basic equipment will make your life much easier. It is obvious that you need paper, brushes, and watercolors, but what do you have to pay attention to and what other supplies can you use for our watercolor paintings?
Watercolor paper is indispensable if you want to paint with watercolors. Print paper and drawing paper are not suitable for absorbing water: The paper will flake and dissolve or at best dry wavy and distort your painting.
With the right paper, you not only save yourself a lot of trouble, but you can also try out all kinds of watercolor techniques with it. The investment in watercolor paper is worth it!
Watercolor paper is distinguished between rough and smooth paper. While smooth paper allows very precise brush strokes and absolute control over color gradients, rough paper is better suited for landscape paintings in a typical watercolor style.
When it comes to brushes, the question often arises as to whether natural or synthetic bristles are better. Nowadays, there is no reason to buy brushes made of natural bristles anymore, because synthetic bristles are in no way inferior in quality.
What are the different hardnesses for pencils are the different sizes for brushes: You don’t need them all to paint good paintings, but a balanced variety will help you improve your paintings. You can’t go wrong with a brush size of 8 or 10, because you can make thin strokes as well as fill medium-sized areas with watercolor. If you want to paint very fine strokes, you should go for a brush size 0. For very large areas you can use anything from 20 and above.
Although watercolors are water-soluble, you should not forget to clean your brushes after painting.
For a start, you don’t have to buy a whole watercolor kit. It is better to start with the three basic colors red, yellow, and blue because this way we learn to mix colors right from the beginning. In addition, three paint tubes or paint pots are much cheaper than a whole kit.
By the way, the price differences between the various manufacturers are mostly due to the pigment density of the watercolors. Expensive watercolor paints are usually more heavily pigmented and will last much longer. With cheap watercolor paints, it is the exact opposite. If you are not sure whether painting with watercolor is the right thing for you, you can certainly invest in the cheaper option.
To mix watercolors you can buy an extra mixing bowl or use an old plate. Many watercolor kits even offer areas for mixing in their lid.
In addition to paint pots and paint tubes, there are also watercolor pencils. Not only do they look like colored pencils, but you can also use them as colored pencils! Except that you can go over their strokes with a wet brush and the color will dissolve on paper just like regular watercolor.
With the basic equipment of brush, watercolor paper, and paint we can already start painting. But other supplies can make our paintings look even more interesting.
Tape is perfect if we want to frame our watercolor painting. However, it should be one that can be easily removed from the paper and does not destroy it during the process.
Ink and watercolors harmonize perfectly with each other. There is no white watercolor, so you simply leave spots blank when painting. However, if we want to paint, for example, white hair on a dark background, simply leaving the areas blank becomes an almost impossible task.
Both white and black ink can be used to create super interesting accents in a watercolor painting. It is definitely worth giving it a try if you enjoy painting with watercolors.