Equipment Basics

Quality is the first priority

To start with Nature Painting and Drawing you don´t need to buy a lot of stuff. More important is the quality of your equipment.

Watercolors with a high pigmentation are more expensive, but your artwork can survive longer. Sometimes it is good to save some money more and wait to get the “good stuff”, before you waste money on cheap equipment.

Equipment for the Watercolorist:

The basic equipment for the watercolorist
  •  Watercolor paint box (12 color box is
    sufficient at the beginning)
  •  Round brushes (size 0,1,3,4,6)
  •  Graphite pencils in different degrees of
    hardness
  •  Mechanical pencil with 0.3 mm / 0.5 mm
    for fine details
  •  Eraser
  •  A sketchbook for watercolor
  • Hot pressed watercolor paper up from 300 g/qm
  •  A daylight lamp for good light
  • A magnifying glass
  • 2 water glasses (1 for cleaning your brush, 1 for taking fresh water on your brush)
  • Color mixing pallet (in ceramic or plastic)

RECOMMENDATIONS

Watercolor brands:

Watercolor Paper:

Equipment for the Pencil Lover:

Pencils are much more easier to use for field sketching
  • Set of color pencils in artist quality (36 color box is very nice to have)
  • Graphite pencils in different degrees of hardness
  • Mechanical pencil with 0.3 mm / 0.5 mm for fine details
  • Eraser
  • Nice textured sketchbook for graphite and color pencils
  • Pencil sharpener or a sharp knife
  • Blending paper pencils
  • Sand paper sheets
  • A daylight lamp for good light
  • A magnifying glass