Watercoloring: My Essentials

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When I picked up the bullet journal back in August 2015, I also picked up a couple other hobbies. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with learning how to watercolor and using it for lettering as well. I’ve always wanted to learn how to watercolor. I love how easy it looks… but appreciate how difficult it actually is. I love how the colors can fade and mix into each other. I like how I don’t necessarily need a fancy studio or a large space for watercoloring.

In my quest to learn watercoloring, I searched high and low for an affordable materials for a beginner like me. I wanted to invest in quality tools, but knew that I couldn’t afford the very best. So I’ve compiled a list of the tools that you might find helpful if you want to try watercoloring yourself! If you have suggestions based on your experiences, I’d love to hear from you!

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Watercolors

Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Color Pocket Set

Don’t be fooled into thinking that you need oodles and oodles of colors when it comes to watercoloring. You actually only need a handful of basic colors. The magic happens when you mix the colors. So this set is great for portability (I love hanging around coffeeshops with this set!), and the paints dry pretty quickly, so there’s no fear of leaking. The set does come with a small brush, but I would definitely recommend buying additional brushes.

Staedtler 24CT Triangular Water Colored Pencils

I actually bought this before I bought an actual watercolor set. If you don’t have time to learn watercoloring, but still want your work to have that effect, then this is the way to go! You use these pencils like regular colored pencils, and color/shade/blend as you normally would. Then when you go over the colors with a water brush, voila! That’s how I created my Christmas cards last year!

Brushes

Round Pointed Tip Paint Brushes

This is a great set for beginners. It’s definitely affordable, and will help you on your watercolor journey! Watercolors brushes can easily cost you an arm and a leg. But if you’re just starting out, start with this set, or my next favorite, aquash brushes!

Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush Assorted Tips, Pack of 3

These brushes were made for people like me. These brushes are self-cleaning, so you squeeze a little on the handle to let some water out, and blot against some paper towel until the tip is cleaned. No more separate cups of water to rinse out the brush! Another bonus if you like to watercolor on-the-go. They’re easy to grip unlike watercolor brushes that are thinner than chopsticks. They come with caps so you don’t need to worry about the brush getting damaged. The brush tips will stain over time, butย they won’t affect the color. This set of 3 has different brush sizes. I use the smallest for lettering, and the larger two for painting and drawing.

Paper

XL Watercolor Pad, 9″X12″

Watercolors definitely require a special type of paper. I prefer to use watercolor type paper because even the “mix media” paper will warp if you use too much water. But I did buy a smaller spiral-bound mix media sketchbook, for when I’m out and about so that I don’t have loose papers.


So what do you think? Have you tried watercoloring before? What were some of your must-have tools? What new tools should I try out?

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