Bring anything you usually use for watercolor or watermedia painting.
The following are my preferences to use as a guide, but not required.

You may use whatever paints you prefer. Since I will not be emphasizing color theory in this workshop, the following list is a guide to acquaint you with my palette.
I have been using M. Graham watercolors (will be available at the workshop). Due to the smooth consistency and heavy pigment load, I find them especially well suited to maintaining vivid colors in flowing wet into wet paintings. Other paints I prefer are Winsor Newton, and Holbein, as indicated below, but you may use whatever you like).

Please have these basic colors, or close substitutes, and any other colors you like.

My Basic 12 colors: (use either column 1 or column 2 below)

M. Graham Watercolors
Winsor Newton, or Holbein
  1. Azo Yellow
  2. Cadmium Orange
  3. Cadmium Red Light
  4. Cadmium Red
  5. Quinacridone Rose
  6. Quinacridone Violet
  7. Ultramarine Violet
  8. Ultramarine Blue
  9. Cobalt Blue
  10. Phthalocyanine Blue
  11. Veridian
  12. Permanent Green Light
  1. Aureolin (Holbein)
  2. Cadmium Orange (Holbein)
  3. Cadmium Red Orange (WN)
  4. Cadmium Red Deep (Holbein)
  5. Permanent Rose (WN)
  6. Permanent Magenta (WN)
  7. Ultramarine Violet (Blockx or Maimeri)
  8. Ultramarine Deep (Holbein)
  9. Cobalt Blue (Holbein)
  10. Winsor Blue (WN)
  11. Viridian (Holbein)
  12. Permanent Green #1 (Holbein)

In addition to my 12 basic colors, I also use: Gamboge (G), Dioxazine Purple (G), Thalo Green (G or H), Cerulean Blue (G or H), and Quinacridone Red (G).

* Note: In watermedia workshops I will also be using Gouache ((M. Graham) in the same colors as indicated above.

You may use any palette you like. Be sure it has large mixing areas or a separate mixing tray. I find it very helpful to arrange complementary colors directly opposite each other. I prefer a round palette with 12 large wells.

My basic 12 colors are placed counter clockwise in the above order. I recommend "Stephen Quiller Traveler" (palette). If you do not use a round palette, you may want to have several large Styrofoam plates for color study.

Your own selection of brushes- Should include one or two large rounds ( #10 and #14 ), and smaller rounds if desired for detail, a large flat (1" or 1 "), and a large wash brush (2" or 3").

I prefer the following brushes:

  • # 14 Round Connoisseur (Kolinsky Sable), or #12 Round CJAS Dream Catcher
  • 1" Flat Connoisseur (Blend), or CJAS Dream Catcher
  • 1 " Flat Connoisseur (Blend), or Winsor Newton 680 (Synthetic)
  • 3 " Flat (for washes) "Skyflow" by Robert Simmons or Connoisseur
  • One or two inexpensive bristle brushes (for acrylic matte medium)

I prefer 140 or 300 lb. D'Arches or Fabriano (Cold Press)


Painting Board or Table Top Easel. I use Plexiglas cut 1" larger than the paper (with rounded corners), to work wet, then gator or wood board to finish.

  • Clips to hold paper (if you prefer)
  • Tape- White Artists tape
  • Spray Bottles- large for water, 1 small empty
  • Small plastic containers ( 1 or 2), i.e. Film containers
  • Paper Towels and Kleenex
  • Drawing Pencils and Pens
  • Tube of acrylic paint - white & yellow
  • Acrylic Matte Medium (small bottle)
  • Scissors
  • Tissue or Rice paper
  • Velum (large sheets or roll)
  • Graphite Paper
  • Watercolor Crayons or Pencils
  • Sketchbook and Notepad
  • Large Water Container

3 - 4 pieces of your recent work (slides or photos are fine)

RESOURCES Please bring your own source of information from which you will work. For example, your own sketches (sketchbooks) and photos.