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Watercolor Painting for Noobs: Creating Your Tool Set

Updated: Oct 20, 2021

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What I love about watercolor paints is that they're predictable in their unpredictability. I love that about life, too.

However, if you're a newbie, a.k.a. noob, to painting with watercolors, this can be a source of endless frustration. Never fear! I've got you covered. This is part one of a several-part blog series about getting started with watercolors.

This week I'm covering putting together your tool set!

Choose the right tools.

Just like athletes need the right gear and mechanics need the right equipment, watercolor artists need the right tools. To get your tool belt in line, start here.

1. Paint!

Watercolor paint comes in tubes or cakes. Both work just fine. I prefer cakes because there is less waste involved. They simply dry and can be reactivated with water at any time. For my work, I use Winsor and Newton 14 pan student set. (Mostly because the professional set costs about as much as car payment. Ouch.)

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Winsor and Newton Open Pan