as part of the tools to bring to a workshop, these are the supplies I am referring to, in addition to any special ones for a particular project:
• Two water containers
• Spray bottle
• Paper towels to blot your brush (I use an old towel)
• Pop-up tissues (like a generic Kleenex)
• Soft rag
• Brushes: Medium wash brush, Scharff #310 White Nylon round brushes #8 and #4 (I usually have brushes for sale)
• A set of scrubby brushes, i.e. Scharff Moon Brushes #222 in a variety of sizes #2, #4, #6, and #8 and a #00 (these are used for corrections - I use a lot of them!)
• A board to support your paper (corrugated plastic is my new favorite)
• A ruler and a pencil
Your spot is reserved by calling Carol or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include name, phone number, and email address. If you have not painted with me before, you must mail me a check for the class fee to hold your spot. Space is limited. Always bring regular painting supplies and your lunch.
Cancellation Policy: If you cancel a class with less than 7 days notice and I can not fill your spot with another student, you will lose your class fee. If requested, the class supplies will be shipped to you at your additional expense.
It’s important to use artist-quality paint as opposed to student grade. It costs more but the pigment is stronger and lightfast. I do not claim to have tried all the different brands of watercolor, but I have tried several and the brand I enjoy and use is Mission Gold watercolors by Mijello.
I love the strong, clear color and that they stay semimoist in my pallet. Mission Gold watercolors will not crack and break up in your pallet. I do not have to mist my paints with water before using the paint to "loosen" them up which would also dilute the pigment. I can start with my damp brush and activate the color and place it directly on the paper.
Mission Gold watercolors are able to have such strong color because of the thickening agent used, silicon dioxide. It is water insoluble which means it will NOT dissolve in water. It will not change the color or intensity of the pigment.
When I want opacity I add a small amount of white which means it can replace gouache.
The cost of Mission Gold is very similar to other artist quality paints. Because of the strong pigment, I use less paint, making it a better value.
Individual colors are sold in 15ml sizes. One tube will last a typical painter for many years. Paints are also sold in smaller tubes in sets. Check out the color choices before choosing a set. They may include only one or two colors you would typically use. I like the landscape intro pack because it has more of the colors I use. The smaller tubes would pretty much fill up one of the sections on your watercolor pallet.
I like the Mijello watercolor paint pallets. My favorite is the Mijello Bulletproof Glass Palette for Watercolor 36 Colors or the smaller Mijello Martin Airtight Watercolor 18-Well Palette . The smaller pallet is big enough to hold all my colors.
When filling your pallet with watercolor, fill the wells to top. DO NOT put a dot of paint in because it will pop off when dry and get lost. Watercolor reactivates with water. The paint stays good until the next time you use it. I put the paint in the pallet in the order of my colors listed above.
So how many colors do you really need? Not that many. Here are my standard colors and additional colors I have added for convenience and fun:
Carol Spohn Conversion Chart for Mijello Mission Gold Watercolors
Note: This is my conversion; there is nothing scientific about it. If you buy one of my older instructional packets and want to paint it with the wonderful Mission Gold Watercolors, this is what I am using now. All colors are transparent unless otherwise noted.
Azo Yellow Light
Quinacridone Burnt Orange
Ultra Marine Blue
Pro White or White Acrylic Ink
Permanent Yellow Light
Cobalt Blue 2
Turquoise Blue (Semi-Opaque)
Titanium White (Opaque)
Naples Yellow (Opaque)