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Spring Mastering Core Skills in Watercolor Supply List

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for signing up for Mastering Core Skills in Watercolor. I am excited to explore these fundamental watercolor skills with you! You'll be amazed at how your skills improve with a little instruction, practice, and patience. Below is some info that will help you prepare for our first class.


Class Meets

Mondays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, 30

The Artist's Playground, 50 Water Street, Newburyport, MA, 978/462-5366

Note from The Artists Playground: Communication regarding any class cancellations, or inability to make it to class  should be made thru your instructor rather than calling the studio as it is only open during class hours. If unable to reach your instructor then please email and we will assist you

Class Supplies

Below I've listed supplies, with links to purchase them at Art Supply Wholesale in

Beverly. They're a local business with competitive pricing; you can buy in person

or online. If they don't have what you need or want, order online or

visit Artist and Craftsman in Saugus, or Dick Blick in Cambridge.



1. Paper: 100% cotton, 140 lb, cold press watercolor paper, preferably Arches

or Fabriano. Blocks or sheets. You can choose from one of the following options:


  • Arches watercolor pad, 140 lb, cold press, 100% cotton (9 x 12 inches or larger)* 

  • Arches or Fabriano watercolor block (9 x 12 inches or larger). Here's how to use a block if you're unfamiliar with it.**

  • Full sheets of watercolor paper (22 x 30 inches), either Arches or Fabriano (You'll need about 5 for the 6-week session. Each sheet can be cut or ripped into 4 smaller sheets and used on both sides.)


2. Paints: tube paints (Winsor and Newton, Holbein, Daniel Smith, and M. Graham are good brands), any colors you like


3. Brushes: a round, size 10 or larger, and a flat, 3/4- or 1-inch-wide & any others you like


4. Palette: medium to large palette with large mixing area(s)


Totally optional: a small notebook & pencil, spray or mister bottle, an old credit card (for scraping), inexpensive palette knife


*Please do not purchase a watercolor pad by any other brand than Arches--these

pads aren't 100% cotton and you won't get the same results.


**A block is different from a pad because it is glued on all four sides.


 I am looking forward to seeing you Monday, February 27!


Please email your instructor  if you have any questions. 

Cara Connors

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