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thegrindre

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I was wondering why this thread isn't pinned?

I would surely like to know what I needed to get started in watercolor painting?

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When I started to paint with watercolors, I went to the local art store and bought student quality paints (french ultramarine, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow, viridian, alizarin crimson, cadmium orange, burnt sierra), a pad of 140 lb watercolor paper, and 4 brushes - 2 rounds (5 and 9), a flat brush and a rigger brush and a palette.  Once I decided I liked watercolors, I began using artist quality products....You could even begin with a travel kit of colors like Dennis uses in his current classes...

I hope you try this medium - it's my favorite!
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NHC50

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Rick go to classes, down to watercolor, then to lesson plan, and then to introduction to watercolor. That is where you should start. Dennis explains everything. If you use the lesson plan it will be easier for you. Happy painting.

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Sharon has given you good suggestions, Rick. And if you pick up any good watercolor book (a how-to sort of book) from your art supply store or library, you'll get more good ideas.

Check out some online supply stores, such as Cheap Joes or Jerry's Artarama.

I suggest that you not try to save money on paints and paper. Artist's grade paints last longer and will give you much better color--you don't need a huge number of them. Many people like to use Arches watercolor blocks which are high quality watercolor paper pads that are glued together around the edges, with an opening at the top by which a single piece can be removed easily with a palette knife after you complete your painting.
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thegrindre

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Thank you everybody but that is a class list for classes. It would be a requirement list.
I'm looking for a basic list.
What would be the rock bottom basics is what I'm looking for?

OK, now, I have looked elsewhere and found the rock bottom basics to be a #8 round brush, 6 basic colors or less, (I guess you only really need three) some paper and some water.
We're talking pretty basic here and I was wondering what Dennis and Nolan would say to be the basics for getting started in watercolors?
According to 'my' list, I've done pretty well with very little money.
I have;
1. #1 round hair brush (given to me)
2. #6 round hair brush (given to me)
3. #1 liner hair brush  (given to me)
4  Two 1/2" flat hair brushes  (given to me)
5. #2 fan hair brush  (I bought)
6. A set of 6 Daler & Rowney paints (I bought)
7. Canson Watercolor 140# cold press paper, 9x12 pad (I bought)

Using two small buckets of water and some paper towels, I've already started my first watercolor practice session with a theme of Cherries.

The reason I've been wanting to know the basics is because I'm interested in others opinions.
On another forum, one suggested I need a #10 round brush while another person suggested a #4 round brush. I'm guessing the larger brush is for larger paintings while the smaller is for smaller paintings. I'm doing smaller paintings and have a #6, sooooo...

I think I'm doing fairly well so far.   O0

 :thankyou: again, everybody.  :)
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NHC50

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It looks like you have what you need.
The only reason I said to start with the first class, is Dennis teaches you how to use your watercolors.

Nina  :flowers:
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thegrindre

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OK,  :thankyou:   Nina.   :smitten:
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I started of with an old, once used travel case with water colours which a friend gave me; she wanted to throw it away, I saved it from the dust bin:
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/419uZgrHaeL.jpg

Used the little pencil that's came with it, but bought some masking fluid very short after my first try.