Watercolor Mastery Workshop "Ocean Breaker" Materials List

Watercolor Mastery Workshop
“Ocean Breaker"
This is a list of all of the materials you’ll need for this Watercolor Mastery Workshop. All of these art supplies can easily be found by clicking on the provided links or may be found at your local art supply store.
I purchase most of my art supplies at Blick.com. They are usually less expensive than purchasing locally, even with shipping.

If you already have your own watercolor painting supplies, feel free to use what you have. You can substitute colors that are close to the ones listed as well. (example: Raw Sienna instead of Yellow Ochre, or Ultramarine Blue instead of Cobalt Blue, etc.).
Your round brush doesn’t necessarily have to be a #8, a #10 or even a #12 will work fine.


Paper: The quality of the watercolor paper you use will be the one thing that will have the biggest impact on the performance of the rest of your art supplies. Try to opt for 100% cotton paper if you can. I always recommend Arches cold press watercolor paper to my students.

Arches Bright White 140lb watercolor single sheet cold press (16 x 20)

Our project painting will be on a 9 x 12 sheet of cold press watercolor paper (cut from a full 16 x 20 sheet) This will give you plenty of paper left over for the practice exercises.
We’ll also be needing at least 2 sheets of practice paper roughly 6 x 9 inches each.

(always keep scraps that are left over after cutting your watercolor paper to practice on!)

*You can also purchase a 9 x 12 block of watercolor paper if you prefer.
A block is a 20 sheet pad of paper that is bound on all four sides and ready to paint on. Just search for “Arches watercolor block” within the Blick.com site.
It’s more expensive than a single sheet, but worth it if you do a lot of painting (or a lot of workshops!)

9 x 12 Arches Cold Press Watercolor Block

We’ll be using 3 brushes for this workshop, a #4 round, #8 round and a #12 round. 

Winsor & Newton #4 round brush

Winsor & Newton #8 round brush 

Winsor & Newton #12 round brush 

In addition to painting with watercolor, we'll also be using a brush to apply masking fluid to our painting. My recommendation is to use a cheap "throw away" brush for masking fluid. One that can take some abuse without having to worry about ruining it. This is the reason I like to keep all of my old watercolor brushes instead of tossing them out.

Watercolor paint: The watercolors used in the workshop exercises are Grumbacher Academy 7.5 ml tube colors.

Here is the color palette we’ll be using: 

Cobalt Blue

Ultramarine Blue

Lemon Yellow

Alizarin Crimson

Yellow Ochre

Sepia Hue

Indigo Blue

Paynes Gray

Masking Fluid - We will be using masking fluid in this workshop in order to preserve some white areas of the paper.

Masking Tape: Any regular masking tape will work and can be found at any hardware store, or you can find it by clicking here.

Two Containers for water: One for clean water and the other for dirty water. Any jar or large drinking glass will work fine.

Paper Towels: I like to have a few paper towels handy for blotting brushes on

Hand towel: A rolled up hand towel works great to prop up your painting board at a 20 degree angle.

Tissue: Any kind of facial tissue will work, be sure that it does not contain oils or moisturizers. TP is a good alternative.

Painting board: We’ll be attaching the paper for the main painting project to a painting board.
My preference is a product called “Gatorfoam board.” It can be purchased by Clicking Here. Their smallest cut size is 16 x 23. 

You can also use any flat wood or plastic board that is a bit larger than your paper. You’ll need the board in order to be able to tilt your painting surface when needed.

Pencils and eraser. For this watercolor workshop we'll be using a F lead pencil as well as a kneaded rubber eraser. (if you don't have an F lead pencil, a regular 2B pencil will work fine)

F lead pencil 

Kneaded Rubber Eraser 

Palette: For this workshop I’ll be using an Eldajon watercolor palette 

The reason I am using the Eldajon palette is because it has deep wells for mixing color which will give us an advantage over a flat surface.

Electric Hair dryer: 

This is one of the few workshops where a hair dryer of some kind will be absolutely necessary.

Various parts of the painting will need time to dry. In order to fit everything that I have to show you into the limited time that we have together, we will be using a hair dryer in the presentation to speed up drying time. 

In addition, make sure you have adequate lighting, a comfortable chair to sit in, and a nice flat and stable painting surface (a desk or kitchen table is great).