Franchevich, Cris – Watercolor Foundations


Watercolor paint: 

Professional grade in tubes or dry pans – student grade paint is NOT recommended

Reduced palette: 

  • Alizarin Crimson/ cadmium red
  • Ultramarine blue or indigo blue/ cerulean blue
  • Aureolin yellow/ cadmium yellow 

Advanced palette:

  • all the above colors
  • Yellow Ochre or quinacridone gold
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Burnt Sienna 
  • Ivory Black
  • Undersea green (Daniel Smith)

Recommended brands: Daniel Smith, Winsor & Newton, Schmincke, M.Graham, Holbein, Sennelier, Da Vinci 



Option 1 Economy set: Snap brushes 

  • 1 round brush size 12
  • 1 flat brush size 3/4” 

Option 2 Mid- priced set: Grey Matters brand

  • 1 round brush size 12
  • 1 flat brush size 3/4” 

Option 3 DaVinci brand, Cosmotop spin series

  • 1 round brush size 12
  • 1 flat brush size 16 

Travel brushes are very compact and portable, DaVinci Casaneo are my favorites 


Miscellaneous items: 

  • pencil or mechanical pencil, HB or similar. Cretacolor pencil is my brand of choice 
  • waterproof ink pen (fine and medium), Sakura, Staedtler or similar – for sketching 
  • eraser 
  • paper pad for drawing 
  • portable container to hold water 
  • absorbent cloth towels or paper towel 
  • watercolor palette – for tube colors. I prefer metal but inexpensive plastic ones will be just fine 



  • watercolor sketchbook, pads or loose sheets, cotton paper is the best Suggested brands include: Hahnemühle, Arches, Fabriano, Canson or equivalent. Fluid is a very affordable option
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June 20, 2019