Favorite Watercolor Supplies for Beginners To Love

Hello friends! Today I am sharing with you all my Favorite Watercolor Supplies that I have used over the past few years and enjoyed! These are all great Watercolor Supplies for beginners! Sometimes having the right tools just helps simplify and improve your art.

On my blog here you will find lots of Easy Watercoloring Ideas to explore like this Watercolor Salt Technique or these Watercolor Flowers Easy! I would recommend that you read this post to begin your watercolor painting journey.

Favorite Watercolor supplies for beginners

Whether you are a beginner artist or just looking to expand your stash here is a list of my Favorite Watercolor Supplies! All of these would make gifts for budding artists as well if you are looking for ideas 😉

You will need Watercolor Paints, Watercolor sketchbooks, and other tools to do some fun techniques!

Watercolor supplies for beginners

1. Watercolor Paints:

gansai tambi watercolors
  1. Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors: My first gift for myself. The color pigment in these is of amazing quality. Pure and rich in color. I love their color palette and that comes with silver, gold and copped colors too. A must buy.
  2. Artist Lofts Watercolors: These are the only watercolor set that I share with my kids! That should tell you a bit about the quality. The paint feels chalky and leaves a chalky residue on the paper and easily smudges after a few days. BUT the colors of these watercolor cakes are beautiful!! I did a whole 100-day challenge a few years ago with these and LOVE the colors. Great for beginners.
  3. Sakura Koi Watercolor Fieldset: A set of colors, compact in size, comes with a nice travel water brush and color mixing palette. Not my favorite of colors, they are very basic and rainbowy but great to travel with.
  4. Dr.Ph Martin’s Bombay ink bottles: My most recent buy. My first liquid watercolors. Working with liquid watercolors is a whole new world and I am enjoying the learning curve.
  5. Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Paint Sketchers’ Pocket Box (not seen in the picture): The smallest watercolor set I own. I have been well used and loved a lot. It is compact, perfect to take on a plane or a long car ride. The color palette is again mainly the primary colors but the travel paintbrush it comes with is amazing. It breaks apart and fits in the small box and is great to paint with and even brush letter with.
  6. Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Tubes (not seen in the picture): These are my first tube watercolors, I got them mainly because I wanted to explore this form of watercolors and they weren’t too expensive. I use these in the Airtight watercolor palette that I recently bought.

2. Watercolor Sketchbooks:

canson watercolor paper

I love my Moleskine Watercolor Sketchbook, but you can always make your own DIY Watercolor Sketchbook at home too! A cost friendly option is the Canson Watercolor pad which is one my favorite watercolor supplies.

3. Watercolor Paint Brushes:


You can use any paint brush that comes with your paint set, or a Water Brush too will work well. This Watercolor Brushes Professional set has everything you need to start off with.

4. Other Watercolor supplies for beginners

  1. Masking Tape: Tape is used to create fun effects and also to add page borders.
  2. Masking Fluid: A great way to creative negative spacing in your art.

My Watercolor Wishlist:

Here are a more Watercolor Supplies that would be great to have!

watercolor painting supplies for beginners

This list of watercolor painting supplies for beginners is just a place to start your creative journey. As you grow and learn to enjoy the art more you can explore other more expensive options. I do not believe that you need it all at the beginning itself 🙂

Smitha Katti creativespace e1577349763159

Hi I’m Smitha! I live in Minnesota with my husband and two daughters. You’ll always find me painting florals in my sketchbook. And I love the sheer joy of making something with just my hands! But my bigger love is capturing it all on camera Read more.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you learnt something from this tutorial, do share this post with a friend or on social media! Tag me @smithakatti #smithakatti I’d love to see what you create!


Share this post with friends!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *