Connolly, Coco – Watercolor Classes


140lb Arches Cold Press paper either the 9 x 12 or 10 x 14 size. You can purchase in a
pad or in a block. A block is glued around all 4 sides to prevent buckling when wet.

Mixed Media sketchbook
Strathmore has one I use a lot.
Canson is a good one, too.

I have been using Rosemary Brushes lately.
Sable Series 33, Pointed Rounds – No 4, 8 and 12.
Studio Pintura in the Northrup King Building in Minneapolis also carries the Rosemary brushes.
Their staff is super helpful in guiding you to the right brushes.
They are wonderful brushes, but expensive and made from animal hair.

A good option at a lower price that doesn’t use animal hair:
Da Vinci Cosmotop Spin Brushes, Rounds – Numbers 4, 8 and 12

For laying down a large wash have a brush like this on hand:
The Princeton Hake Series 2900 Brush in the 1” size.

Both the Da Vinci and Princeton are available at Dick Blick.

I have other types of brushes I will bring to class for you to try.
If you already have brushes that work for you, by all means, bring them to class!

Palette / Mixing Tray
I use a palette with 13 to 18 mixing wells and a top that closes. The folding Jack
Richeson Watercolor Palette fits the bill, or the Mijello Airtight Watercolor 18-Well
Palette, and the Holbein Aluminum Folding Watercolor Palette with 13 wells is great but
more expensive since it is enameled metal, not plastic.
Available at Dick Blick.

These colors are the basics that I use. A warm and cool version of each primary, a
warm and cool green, and a couple earth colors.
The list below is only a suggestion. You may have other preferences if you’ve been
painting for a while.

Cerulean blue
Cobalt blue
French ultramarine
– I mix purples using my reds and blues, or check out M. Graham Mineral Violet
Maroon Perylene
– from Daniel Smith – I use this instead of Alizarin Crimson for a dark red option.
cadmium red
quinacridone red
gamboge or cadmium yellow
lemon yellow
viridian green
sap green
burnt umber
burnt sienna

Paper towels or tissues
White artist or blue painter’s tape (3/4″ or 1″)
Pencil, kneaded eraser and sketch pad
Small spray bottle

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April 2, 2024