Painting Supplies

Here is a list of supplies to get you started. Shopping at any local art supply store, or online will show you that there are many supplies and colors to choose from. But this list will cover just about all you will need for most paintings.

  • 1″ flat watercolor brush
  • 2″ hake brush
  • #12 round watercolor brush
  • #5 rigger (some brands are called liners)
  • Sketch book, 5″ x 7″ spiral bound with a slightly “toothy” texture
  • 140 lb cold-pressed watercolor paper
  • 12″ x 16″ board (foam core, Masonite, plywood, etc.)
  • 4 “bull dog” clips to clip paper to board
  • John Pike palette, an excellent, large palette with a lid
  • #2 Pencil 6B Carpenter Pencil, a flat pencil, available at most art supply stores
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • A container for water
  • A large rectangular sponge, or an old wash cloth


  • Cadmium yellow light
  • Cadmium yellow medium
  • Cadmium red medium
  • Alizarin crimson
  • Burnt sienna
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Thalo blue (Windsor blue)
  • Hookers green light

Here you can download an Adobe Acrobat file that shows how I recommend laying out your colors on your palette. This diagram is based on the John Pike palette. You’ll need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to use this file.

Be sure to check your local art supply dealers for supplies.

If you prefer, you can also get order your supplies online from various retailers.