The Lily & Thistle
Watercolor School
Supply List

Below are the list of supplies that you’ll need for Watercolor School courses.  These products are some of my favorite, tried and true watercolor supplies that I know you’ll love!

These are the same set of supplies I like to use for all of my watercolor courses.

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Supplies You'll Need For All Courses

These supplies are the typical set of supplies I use across all of my courses and projects.  There are a couple additional supplies necessary within courses, so be sure to check those course supply lists.

Watercolor Paper (Canson brand)

Watercolor Paper (Canson brand)

  • Size 9x12 inches
  • Pad of 30 sheets, 140-lb., cold-pressed watercolor paper
  • Kid-friendly and economical
  • Preferred brand by Lily & Thistle for best project outcomes
Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Sketcher's Pocket Box

Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Sketcher's Pocket Box

  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours are a range of water colours that are made to our high quality standards but costs are kept to an economical level by replacing some of the more costly pigments with less expensive alternatives
  • This popular pocket-sized plastic box features an integral mixing palette in the lid
  • This water colour set contains a pocket brush and 12 Cotman Water Colour half pans: Lemon Yellow Hue, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Cadmium Red Pale Hue, Alizarin Crimson Hue, Ultramarine, Intense Blue (Phthalo Blue), Viridian Hue, Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Chinese White
Watercolor Round Brush Set (Includes sizes we will use)

Watercolor Round Brush Set (Includes sizes we will use)

  • Set of 12 round-tipped paint brushes
  • Suitable for watercolor, gouache, and more
  • Short-handled brushes that are easy to hold for kids
  • Brush tip made of pure nylon hair
Pencil for tracing (I also like to use blue erasable pencils for sketches, but it's not necessary)

Pencil for tracing (I also like to use blue erasable pencils for sketches, but it's not necessary)

  • For works in progress that may need some reworking along the way, these leads erase with ease.
  • Strong, medium coloring points deliver vibrant colors.
Kneaded Eraser to help lighten tracing lines

Kneaded Eraser to help lighten tracing lines

  • Kneaded Rubber Art Eraser
  • Also for shading and blending
  • Perfect for pencil, charcoal and chalk
SAN1742659 - Sharpie Fine Point Pen

SAN1742659 - Sharpie Fine Point Pen

  • Durable fine point tip size ensures crisp, precise and consistent line-width
  • Quick-drying ink is waterproof, smear proof and fade-resistant
  • Set of 2 Black Ink Acid-free Pens 
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Tracing Options

If you are looking for options to trace on watercolor paper, click here to read my article that gives you 4 different options.

Pencil for tracing (I also like to use blue erasable pencils for sketches, but it's not necessary)

Pencil for tracing (I also like to use blue erasable pencils for sketches, but it's not necessary)

  • For works in progress that may need some reworking along the way, these leads erase with ease.
  • Strong, medium coloring points deliver vibrant colors.
  • Offers a safe way to let your child color his/her art works.
  • Perfect for illustrating, animating and all your other unfinished business.
Graphite Paper (if you aren't using a window or lightbox to trace)

Graphite Paper (if you aren't using a window or lightbox to trace)

  • Carbon transfer paper: come with 30 sheets tracing paper, enough for your spare or replacement; Its size is 8.5 by 11 inch; Can transfer dark, clear and visible lines
  • Transfer designs onto surfaces such as paper, wood, canvas, ceramic, etc.
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Extra Supplies for Specific Courses

These supplies are individual items specific to certain courses you take as a part of Watercolor School, but not necessary for all courses.

Winsor & Newton, Intense Blue, 8ml tube to replace Cerulean Blue (Intro to Landscapes)

Winsor & Newton, Intense Blue, 8ml tube to replace Cerulean Blue (Intro to Landscapes)

  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours are high quality, yet affordable, delivering trusted performance.
Winsor & Newton Permanent Rose, 8ml tube (Simply Florals course)

Winsor & Newton Permanent Rose, 8ml tube (Simply Florals course)

  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours are high quality, yet affordable, delivering trusted performance.
Payne's Gray Watercolor Tube

Payne's Gray Watercolor Tube

  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours are high quality, yet affordable, delivering trusted performance.
Winsor & Newton Gouache, Permanent White

Winsor & Newton Gouache, Permanent White

  • Winsor & Newton Designers' Gouache colours are made from the finest pigments, offering vibrant, opaque water colours with a flat, matt finish.
  • Series: 1/Color Code: 512
  • Permanence Rating: A - Permanent
  • Transparency / Opacity: Opaque
  • Lightfastness Rating: ASTM I
Masking Fluid (Modern Watercolor Basics course)

Masking Fluid (Modern Watercolor Basics course)

  • Art masking fluid is a colorless, non-staining liquid composed of rubber latex
  • For masking areas of work needing protection when color is applied in broad washes
  • Comes in 75-ml bottle
White gel pen (used on some projects)

White gel pen (used on some projects)

  • Silky smooth ink that doesn’t skip or fade out when it dries
  • Acid-free. 1.0mm bold point.
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Optional Supplies

These supplies below are optional.  You can get them if you want, but they aren’t necessary.

Dr. PH Martin's Magenta Liquid Watercolor (Colors Course)

Dr. PH Martin's Magenta Liquid Watercolor (Colors Course)

  • Fine art quality watercolor with the same brilliance and permanence as traditional tubes
  • Brilliant, lightfast, transparent liquid watercolor for use on paper or canvas
  • Made in the USA
Dr. PH Martin's Phthalo Blue Liquid Watercolor (Colors Course)

Dr. PH Martin's Phthalo Blue Liquid Watercolor (Colors Course)

  • Fine art quality watercolor with the same brilliance and permanence as traditional tubes
  • Brilliant, lightfast, transparent liquid watercolor for use on paper or canvas
  • Made in the USA
Dr. PH Martin's Hansa Yellow Liquid Watercolor (Colors Course)

Dr. PH Martin's Hansa Yellow Liquid Watercolor (Colors Course)

  • Fine art quality watercolor with the same brilliance and permanence as traditional tubes
  • Brilliant, lightfast, transparent liquid watercolor for use on paper or canvas
  • Made in the USA
Arches 9x12 cold press watercolor paper (high quality watercolor paper)

Arches 9x12 cold press watercolor paper (high quality watercolor paper)

  • The long fibers in Arches natural white 100% cotton watercolor paper provide timeless beauty and an inimitable touch; this rich paper is available in multiple sizes and 3 revered textures: cold press, hot press and rough
  • All Arches watercolor pads for painting are pH-neutral with a harmonious natural grain and no optical brightening agents; each sheet is easily removed from the edge-glued pad
  • Arches water color paper is the only paper in the world to be gelatin sized "to the core”; it increases the luster and transparency of colors while preventing paints from penetrating into the paper and makes blending, overlay or paint removal easy, wet or dry
Corrugated plastic board (to use as a base for larger paintings that use a lot of water)

Corrugated plastic board (to use as a base for larger paintings that use a lot of water)

  • Coroplast surface allows you to tack, tape, or print custom signs
  • Sold in a pack of 2
Plastic pallet (seen in videos for color mixing

Plastic pallet (seen in videos for color mixing

  • An easy-to-use system for keeping water-based paint fresh for days or even weeks. The sponge and palette paper for acrylics combine to keep paints moist
  • Paints slowly absorb moisture from the palette paper and sponge while the palette is open. When the lid is closed, it will keep your paints moist for days, and even weeks
  • Includes palette tray, lid, 5 sheets Sta-Wet paper for acrylic paints, 1 sponge, 5 paint cups with detachable lids, 1 solvent cup with attached lid, and complete instructions for use
  • Dimensions: 13 X 12 X 1.5 inches
Scotch Painter's Tape (to tape down watercolor paper to plastic board or table top)

Scotch Painter's Tape (to tape down watercolor paper to plastic board or table top)

  • Versatile solution for protecting surfaces that require a little extra care when preparing to paint
Whole punch (for project in Colors Course)

Whole punch (for project in Colors Course)

  • One hole punch
  • Punches 5 sheet capacity
  • Paper hole size 0.25 inch
  • Nickel plated hand punch
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