Watercolor Mastery Workshop "Ocean Waves" - Material List

    This is a detailed 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 to Amazon.com, but can also be found on blick.com, jerrysartarama.com and utrechtart.com or possibly at your local art supply store. The prices on all of the sites are relatively similar.
The Watercolor Mastery Workshop is scheduled far enough in advance of the last ticket sold for you to have plenty of time to purchase your art supplies if you need them.
     If you already have your own watercolor painting supplies, feel free to use what you have. You can substitute colors that are close the ones listed too. (example: ultramarine instead of cobalt blue, or raw sienna instead of yellow ochre, 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.
Our main 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 8 x 10 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. There is a link below if you would like to use this option.
It’s much more expensive than a single sheet, but worth it if you do a lot of painting.
Brushes: We’ll be using two brushes for this workshop, a #8 round, and a #12 round brush. 
Masking Fluid: We’ll be using masking fluid for this watercolor workshop.
Although you may already have masking fluid, my recommendation is to pick up a product called “incredible white mask.” The reason is that this is a product that can be heated with a hair dryer without any adverse effects. It also comes in combination with an application pen.
You can find it at the link below.
I’ll be demonstrating how to use a ruling pen to apply masking fluid. I have included a link below if you would like to give it a try.
We’ll also be using a cheap, throw away brush for applying the masking fluid.
The link below is a set of 5 brushes for less than $2.00.
Watercolor Paint: All of the watercolors used in the workshop exercises are Grumbacher Academy 7.5 ml tube colors.
Here is the limited palette that we’ll be using:
1” Masking Tape: Any regular masking tape will work and can be found at any hardware store.
2 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 “Gatorboard.” It can be purchased at blick.com. 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.
Pencil: I recommend an F lead pencil. Any brand will do. But any old #2 pencil will work too.
Single Edge Razor Blade (optional): I’ll be demonstrating how to create some cool highlight effects with a razor blade. I included a link for you if you would like to give it a try.
Kneaded Rubber Eraser: A kneaded rubber eraser is great for watercolor. Watercolor paper has a dry coating on it called sizing. The sizing is there to regulate absorption of water into the paper. Kneaded rubber will not damage or remove the sizing.
Palette: For this exercise I’ll be using an Eldajon palette. I highly recommend that you purchase this palette for this particular workshop as we will be using it to mix both paint and for tinting our masking fluid in. It’s a plastic palette with 3 large wells for lots of color. They are only about $6. You can find one here:
 Electric Hair Dryer: A hair dryer for this workshop is going to be an absolute necessity. I will definitely be using one in the demonstration for drying both paint and masking fluid. It is going to be necessary to have one in order to speed up the drying time between some of the washes. I have included a link for you for a good inexpensive electric hair dryer if you don’t have one.