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Beginner Watercolorists, Hello!

So you've stumbled upon the joy and wonder of watercolor painting?


The Pigeon Letters Brushes / Stakiwi Colours Paint

Welcome!


How about I share some fabulous resources with you which I am sure you have been curious about.


Let's get started!


Materials matter!


Paper is really important to get right. It has to be good to excellent quality because you will not see the results that initially inspired you in the first place. I am sure that you have watched some fabulous tiktok or instagram process videos or seen beautiful images on Pinterest or instagram and wondered how to achieve those results.


Well....practice for one but materials count too!


I first began working with student grade paint, brushes and paper and was not happy with the results. The paint was streaky, and faded once dry and the bristles from the paint brush would come loose or fray. The paper would not absorb the paint and the painting looked terrible!


We can't have that!


Let's dip into some fabulous tools that will help you enjoy your experience with watercolor painting.


Paper / Journals


Everything listed here I recommend!


Bee Paper - 50 Pack from Amazon here


Arches - Variations to choose from here


Fabriano - Go here


Variations here for Khadi on Amazon


Stonehenge Aqua Blocks - Are Here



Khadi Rag Paper - L.cornelissen & Son


Khadi Rag Paper - Jackson's Art


Feathers & Stones NZ - Cotton Rag paper


ThelittleartcornerIN - Khadi Rag Paper


Handmade and crafted journals:


ThelittleartcornerIN - Journals


BohemianRaspberryArt - Journals


Blue Pine Arts - Journals


Lotus Blue Book Art - Journals here


Ethel's Nest (New Zealand Maker) - Journals here


Bound for you - Journals here



Bound For you Journal / Stakiwi Colours Paint


New Zealander's only for the below links:






Watercolor Brushes


I recommend that you have at least a few sizes of the round brushes (2, 6, 8), 1 flat for washes, and a quill that holds much more water/paint ratio.


Jackson's : Icon : Synthetic Sable : Watercolour Brush : Quill : No.3/0


The Pigeon Letter's Synthetic Cruelty Free Brushes here


Silver Brush Black Velvet Round here


KUM Memory Point Brush Lettering / Round here


Princeton Artist Brush, Neptune Series 4750, Synthetic Squirrel Watercolor Paint Brush, Quill, Size 4 here


Raphael Kazan 803 Quill Mop Brush, 3/0, Natural here


Polina Bright brushes here


Rosemary and Co brushes here


Nfinity Arts brushes here


Schimoni Art by Fibonacci Brushes here





Raphael Quill Brush


New Zealander's only for the below links:









 

I hope the above list has been helpful.


I know that it can be overwhelming starting out in the beginning but I assure you that once you have a few good quality brushes, some lovely and inspirational paper and of course paint, you are going to really enjoy yourself.


Remember, don't rush the process. Take your time. Enjoy it!


Explore the basic techniques and get familiar with your tools and practice shapes, and brush strokes before diving into more complicated pieces of art.


Start out nice and small, and develop your confidence with your tools.


All the best,


Stacey.


Stacey Dodd / Stakiwi Colours


If you would like to suggest materials such as brushes and paper / journals, please comment below.


Thank you.






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Janey L-S
Janey L-S
04 juil. 2022

It's great to learn of brands and materials other artists have tried and recommend. Thank you for providing such a useful list. Brushes are my great weakness. I've succumbed to the siren call of many, many brushes. And each in their turn, are precious to me and have their own characteristics. For a while I wondered if perhaps there were too many but since decided that when inspiration wanes or boredom sets in, I can reach for a brush not used in a while and off we go.... ! Some of my favourite brands include: Rosemary & Co, Da Vinci, Princeton Neptune, Silver Black Velvet, Daler Rowney, Holbein and various Chinese calligraphy brushes. Happy painting 😊

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Stacey Dodd
Stacey Dodd
04 juil. 2022
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Thank you so much Janey for sharing your favorites. I think that this is really valuable, sharing with one another.

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createdletters
createdletters
04 juil. 2022

Thanks for this great blog post Stacey! The links are so amazing to have. I'm so thankful for your knowledge & suggestions. 😘

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Stacey Dodd
Stacey Dodd
04 juil. 2022
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Thank you so much Manda for reading. I really appreciate it 🤗

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Jasmin Ryan
Jasmin Ryan
04 juil. 2022

Thank you for this list! Goodbye money … Hello fun creativity! Absolutely loved your class yesterday. Thank you again x

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Stacey Dodd
Stacey Dodd
04 juil. 2022
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Thank you sooooo much Jaz and RIP : your wallet!

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jenh2531
jenh2531
04 juil. 2022

I have definitely learned to splurge on paper in order to truly get the most out of good paint. I appreciate the helpful lists!!

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Stacey Dodd
Stacey Dodd
04 juil. 2022
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Thank you so much for reading and I absolutely agree. Let's use that beautiful paper!

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