My Three Painting Staples
Paint, brushes and paper. When you strip everything else away, these are the three essentials for painting. I'm always asked what paints or papers I use to create my artwork, so I decided to share my art supply favorites.
Watercolor: Winsor & Newton. I bought my first set of Winsor & Newton watercolor pans back in high school and never looked back. I started with Cotman (student grade = cheaper) before graduating to the Arists' brand. The pigments are vibrant and intense, although usually more so with tubes than pans. I use a combination of both, and frequently squeeze tube paint into my palette to mix with pans. This gives me more flexibility to get the exact color I'm looking for.
Gouache: Turner. I did plenty of research before finally deciding to splurge on a 36-pack of Turner Acryl Gouache. The opacity and mixing is exactly what I was looking for. The biggest difference between watercolor and gouache is that watercolor is transparent and gouache is opaque. Watercolor also utilizes the texture of the paper, whereas with gouache, you'll see texture in the paint itself from the brushstrokes. I'll use either depending on what sort of look I'm going for.
Everything Else: Winsor & Newton acrylic, Acryla gouache, Utrecht watercolor tubes, Winsor & Newton watercolor tubes, and HWC watercolor tubes:
Boy, do I have a lot of these. Like my paints, I'm not loyal to just one brand. I use a mix of synthetic and sable, depending on how much I felt like spending at the time. I pulled some of my favorites to highlight and categorized them by size and purpose. Disclaimer: Some of these get used just about every day, so you can see the wear and tear. I think it adds character. : )