Watercolor & Ink Supplies | Shelley Hitz | Skillshare
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20 Lessons (1h 59m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Introduction to Watercolor Paint

    • 3. The Watercolor Paint I Recommend

    • 4. Tube Watercolor Paint

    • 5. Watercolor Pan Sets

    • 6. Liquid Watercolor Paints

    • 7. Make Your Own Paint

    • 8. Watercolor Brushes

    • 9. Watercolor Paper

    • 10. Watercolor Paper Showdown

    • 11. Palettes

    • 12. Other Supplies

    • 13. Ink

    • 14. Pencils

    • 15. Erasers

    • 16. Rulers

    • 17. White Accents

    • 18. Masking

    • 19. Gold

    • 20. Next Steps

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About This Class


I have a confession to make. I love watercolor. I love everything about watercolor and ever since I first started using watercolor I have been hooked.

I have immersed myself in learning watercolor and now I'm going to share all of my tips, tricks, and strategies with you for choosing your watercolor and ink supplies.
I have to admit it has been a bit confusing to me which supplies are the best.

  • What is the best paper?
  • What type of paint should I get?
  • What brushes should I use?

I started with very cheap supplies not knowing the difference.

However, start where you can. My best advice is to get the best quality supplies you can with your current budget.

I'm going to walk you through all of the options and we will have fun exploring the art of watercolor in this class.

By the end of this class, you will be able to clear the confusion on student grade versus artist grade. You will have a good handle on the supplies you want to purchase.

If you're ready to explore watercolor and want to get a clear understanding of what supplies to get started, then click enroll and let’s get started.

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Shelley Hitz

Watercolor and Lettering Artist


Ready to learn the art of lettering and watercolor, the easy way? I know what it's like to be a beginner. And I know what it's like to battle the inner critic. The fear, self-doubt, and comparison.

But, I have learned to embrace the artist in me and have re-discovered the joy of creating art.

Art can help you:

Relax and have fun. It's been an amazing form of self-care for me. Discover the power of color. Creating art can bring you so much joy. Create beautiful pieces you can display in your home or give as gifts. And so much more!

I'm passionate about teaching others and love seeing each of you have the courage to embrace your creativity and choose to create art.

In my classes, I will take you step-by-step through the learning process and cheer you on in this... See full profile

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1. Introduction: I have a confession to make. I love watercolor. I love everything about watercolor, and ever since I first started using watercolor, I was hooked. My name is Shelly Hits. I'm an artist and illustrator, and I have immersed myself in this whole topic of water color. And I'm going to now share all of my tips, tricks and strategies with you on choosing your watercolor supplies. I have to admit, it's been a bit confusing to me as I dove into the area of water color. What is the best paper? What is the best pain? What are the best rushes to use? I got started with the cheapest supplies, and that's fine. You know, start where you can't. My best advice is to get the best quality supplies you can with your current budget. So I'm going to go through all of the different options. I'm going to show them to you because I have them. I've used them, I've experienced them and we're gonna have a lot of fun exploring the art of water color in this class. By the end of this class, you will be able to clear the confusion on student grade versus artist grade. You have a really good handle on the supplies you want to purchase, whether it's a regular rusher of water brush, what kind of paper you want to invest in the paints that you want to invest in the pallets . Three Different even pencils in a research is in all of the different supplies that you can eventually invest in as you grow as you realize that you really love the art of water color . So if you're ready to explore watercolor, which is so fun, it's so relaxing, it just brings me so much joy and just really have a clear idea off what supplies to get started with collected role and let's get started. 2. Introduction to Watercolor Paint: before we really get in to watercolor paints, what I recommend and why. There are a few things that you need to know. How do you plan on using watercolor if you're just using it for your own enjoyment and you're not going to be selling your paintings and you know you don't have to worry about, you know, if the paints will fade or anything like that, then use the paints that you want to use. I do recommend using the best quality paints you can afford, because the higher quality professional great pains are going to give you a different experience. But I'll have to tell you I'm in love with watercolor, so I love all watercolor paint, student grade, professional grade. I love it all, but you just need to know how are you going to use it now? If you're planning on selling your paintings and selling them as original paintings than I do, recommend highly recommend that you get professional watercolor paints. I personally prefer my professional watercolor paints, but like is that I love them all. I I've bought so many my husband's by like Why do you need more water color paint? But That's the first question you have to ask how you use it. And then you need to know there's a professional grade and there's a student grade. So my very first set was this. $5 up from Michael's, the artist's loft. It's a student grade watercolor. You'll see a lot of people using on Instagram, and it's a fine set to use. Like I said, if you're not going to be selling your original paintings and you're not worried about the quality or how long it's gonna last is a great set. But personally, I don't recommend that set anymore to begin with, and I'll get into what I do recommend. But I wanted Thio Thio first say, you know, how are you going to use your water color and why did you let one go let you know there is a difference between professional grade and student grade? I had no idea in the beginnings the Windsor and Newton Cotman Siri's is student grade, so Windsor and Newton professional watercolor grade is amazing, and everyone talks about it. But the Windsor and Newton Cotman it is their student grade, and so I didn't realize that at first, so that's something to know. And then you need to know light Fastness. So light Fastness just means will the pain fade over time if it's exposed to the light exposed to the sun? Professional watercolors have good light. Fastness. You know the brighter colors, like the bright opera pink. It doesn't have as good light fat Fastness just because of the way the color is made across any paints. But if you get professional watercolor pains, they will be light fast. And you'll know that years and years and years and years down the line your colors air not gonna fade student grade. You just don't know how it's gonna work. And so, you know, really, Um, know that if you can get the better watercolors but don't want that limit, you use what you have. You know, you can have a ton of fun, create beautiful things with student grade watercolors, and they will just and I I love using them. Also, don't let that stop you. And then the final thing I want to mention in this introductory video is there are three types of watercolor paints. You have the tubes which these Daniel Smith come in the tubes. You can see here these air tubes, and then you just squeeze them out into your palates will get into that later. You have the liquid, which the doctor Ph Martin's in the equal lines, these air both liquids, and then you have the pan sets and their things similar to this artist's loft. There's all sorts of different pan sets that come, and they just the colors come separately in these pans, and so there's three different types the tubes, the liquids in the pan sets. So now that we've covered just the basics of what I wanted to let you know about water color paint, I want to get into what I recommend and why. And then we'll go into detail in each of these categories of tube, pan and liquid will also cover how you can even make your own watercolor paints. 3. The Watercolor Paint I Recommend: from my research. I just want to get into the main watercolor paints I recommend. And then I'll go deeper into each type of watercolor paints and what I like about them and what they're good for. Now, the watercolor paints I used the most and I love right now are these mission gold. This is the 24 set, and it is a little bit more of an investment up front. But these air professional grade and I just love the colors. They're nice of bright, and there's a wide variety because there's the 24 colors. And so if you're able to afford, this is the the set. And this is the brand that I currently love the most, and I would recommend another professional watercolor set that's really good for starting out. Is this Daniel Smith water calorie central set? I really like this set because it has a cool and warm yellow, a cool and warm red in a cool in warm blue. So with these six colors, you can pretty much mix ah, wide variety. You pretty much have all the different color combinations you really need, and this set doesn't cost that much. The tubes are smaller there, five milliliters, whereas these tubes that from Mission Goal com into seven mil leader tubes. So it's a smaller set because it's higher quality. But this is a great beginner said. If you want to get professional watercolors now, if you're just wanting to start off and you have a low budget. What I currently recommend is the Windsor and Newton Cotman Skechers box. So this comes. This is the student grade. So this is These are not professional watercolors, but it's a great starter. Kit comes with 12 different colors, and you can see all the colors ice watched out here. It comes with this small little brush, which is great for detail, work or lettering. And then it's the travel kit, so you don't have to buy separate palate. You can have, you know, you have your mixing areas right here like you pretty much have everything you need to get started in this kid. I would just get a bigger one other brush like a bigger brush like around six, and I'll go into Russia's in a later video, but pretty much like this is really inexpensive. A. I think it's under $15 us on Amazon, and it's a great little starter kip. Another set that I rep recommend are these Cure Talkie Ganzi Tanvi Watercolors. It's a 30 color, 36 color set, and this is a great beginner set because it comes with so many different colors, and they come in these full pans. They have half pans and full pans. These air full pants. So they're nice because you can take him out and you can style your instagram posts. You know, with these laying around your posts. And they have some neat colors like this mint green, this pale blue, and this set comes with some metallic colors. And so I love that it comes with a silver and two types of gold. So I love that you get the metallics and the golds in this set, and there's a lot of different colors. These air, nice and creamy paints. I'm not 100% sure about the light Fastness. I did some research, but I haven't been able Teoh to really find out exactly, So I don't think that these are professional grade watercolors, but they're really good quality water color for a beginner. It's great for all the different colors that you get. Like I said, you get the metallics, you get a wide variety of colors and you get him in these little pans. And so those are very great to use. So that's just an overview of the sets I currently recommend for getting started. Your starter sets get the best you can afford. I personally love the mission Gold. That's what I would recommend. But you get what you can afford right now, what you want to get and then go from there. All right, so now that we've gotten into the basics of what I recommend, let's dive in to the different types of watercolor and how they work in the tube pan liquid and then a couple different ways you can even make your own. 4. Tube Watercolor Paint: So let's start off talking about thes tube watercolor sets and the tubes air. Really, what I probably have used the most just because I really love the Daniel Smith and the Mission Goldman Mission Golder, My favorite. And you can tell when I opened this up, there's almost none in some of these tubes conceive really used some of these, um, I put them into different palates and travel sets and so forth. But when it comes into a tube, you'll just get this tube and you just open it up and then you will. You will squeeze it into a pallet. I have, ah, video later that I show you the different palates that you can use. And basically, you know, you're just squeezing this into the palate, and it's fairly simple to set up now. There are a lot of different colors in this. There's 24 different colors, but you can start with as little as six colors. So this Daniel Smith tube set the essential set is another one. Like I said, I recommend, and it just has the six different tubes. I've used a lot of these as well, and so you don't have to have very many colors to get started. You actually could just use yellow, a yellow, a red and a blue. And you know we'll get into color theory in a future class. But just using yellow, red and blue, you can mix a ton of different colors and you will have a lot of options. Just with those for this, Dino Smith said, really comes with the essential colors. Eso got the prima tech set, and I didn't really understand who when I bought it exactly what it was. And these air basically their unique pigments, and they have different granulated properties and textures. So this isn't a set I'd recommend for beginner. And honestly, I'm not sure that I'm gonna be using these paints as much. Maybe once I dive into them, I will love them. But definitely the essential set is a great one should use. Another set that I have purchased of the two paints is the Shen Han professional watercolor . Now it's kind of deceiving because it says professional, but this is still there student grade. They have another step up. They're even better than these. But I heard a lot of good reviews about thes, and so I decided to purchase them with these tubes. They have all the information on the tubes and so you can find out, like, what? What pigment it is and what the light Fastness rating is. This life Fastness. This is an opera. Pink is only one star, so it's pretty low. But that's pretty common with pink. Let's see this green. So this one has two stars for this green, so the light Fastness on these are not the greatest. For most of them, it's two stars all along here, 2 to 3 stars is typically the most you're going to get for light Fastness. But this is still a great set, and it's not as expensive as the Mission Gold. I think they're both made in Korea, and it's still, you know, it would be a set that you could used as a beginner and try, but it's not one of the primary sets that I currently recommend, so these air tubes and tubes have a great wide variety and versatility that you can use with them. They have a lot of uses, and they're what I primarily use right now. Like I said, I put them into a polit. And then I use them that way, which I'll show you in a later video, all about the palettes. So now let's go into the pan watercolor sets. 5. Watercolor Pan Sets: so there are a lot of different pan watercolor set so you can get and basically you just purchase them already in the pans and the one that I recommend for beginners right now is this Windsor Noon Cottman Skechers box And this is still student grade, but it's, you know, good quality pains. I think it's a really great starter set, and they come already in these pants sets. Now these you can have them come out, and these will give you the the name on there that's burnt number. This one here is burnt Sienna, and then I've switched it out here. But these this is a great little pan sub. The very first said I worked with is the artist's loft. This is very common. You'll see a lot of artists using this. I love it. I mean, I love the way it looks. It's so artistic because there's so many colors and it's pretty and has all the circles, and you can see I've really I've used a lot of this. This is really what developed my love for watercolor was using this artist's loft set, so I kind of have a sentimental feeling towards it. I don't want to get rid of it, you know, But I haven't used it for months and months because it's just such a different experience. When you have student grade, low quality paints, there's gonna be more fillers and less pigment so the colors aren't gonna be is bright, and you're just not gonna have his good of experience with the color mixing color. Mixing is really the superpower of watercolor paints, and you're gonna have a much better experience with color mixing with the professional watercolor sets. Another watercolor pan set that I've purchased is this this coy watercolors pocket field box. This is a popular one, and it has really good reviews on Amazon. I I love how it has. You know, the little the little mixing areas. It has a lot of different colors. It comes with the water brush, which I think is awesome and has the sponges on the sides, which you can use, you know, instead of a towel or a napkin. But, um, I wasn't impressed with the colors, you know, when I swatch him out. Yes, they seemed a little bit chalky, which just means they have more fillers in them. the colors were not as bright as, like the Windsor and Newton Cotman Siri's. But this is definitely a starter set that you know what you know your Children could use and a lot of people do use this set. It's just not one that I would personally recommend to get started with just because it is the student grade quality and the colors just weren't as bright for me. But, you know, this is another option. Talk about this fine tech later inthe e video about golden metallic. But find tech has thes golden metallic paints, and they come in a pan set. These little of pants come out so you can stylized, thes around. You know, your picture and photo if you're doing up for Instagram. But I just I love these pains. They're really nice paints, and I do highly recommend them of a nice beginner kit for Children. Is this praying oval 16 color set? So it does come with a brush here in the center, and then this one has 12 different colors. I actually found that they were a little bit better than I expected, and I have a friend that she was told me. She's used these for years and really loves them again. These air student grade, though there, the light Fastness is not gonna be as good as professional watercolors. But this is a really inexpensive kit that you can still create a lot of really fun pieces with, and one that you can try. And then, like I showed you, this crew talkie Gonzi Tom be said, is a nice pan set that that you can get has lots of great colors, including the metallics. Yea, um and so this is also a set that, um, you might want to get as a beginner. It comes in sets with even less colors, like 12 and that are more affordable. But I like this 36 color set because, like I said, it has a wide variety of colors, and then it also comes with the metallics. So these are just a little bit about the pan sets 6. Liquid Watercolor Paints: this video, we're going to talk about some of the liquid watercolors, thes air, some of the liquid watercolors that I personally own. I have some equal lines, and one thing I love about the equal lines is you can just take the cap off, and then you can just dip your brush right in to the water color. And so you know it. It's really easy for lettering. You just dip your brush in there and then just start using it and makes it really simple to use. Now you can add more water to it to make it more transparent. But just using it right out of the bottle is a really, um, just easy way. And it provides row bright colors. And I like these these liquid equal lines, especially for lettering, I think liquid watercolors. The liquid equal lines, especially I have probably used most for lettering, but you can use them for anything. One thing to know about liquid water colors as they tend to not be as light fast. Some means they can tend to fade over time with their color. Now the high dress, The Doctor Ph Martin's. I have two different types of the radio and the hydrates. The hydrates do claim to be light fast, so it says light, fast, archival. But I've done some research, and people say there's some debates on whether or not these hydrates are light fast. But I had first purchased the radiance, and I purchased the three colors based on the color wheel, the cyclamen, turquoise blue and daffodil yellow. And I love these colors. But, um, when I found out they weren't light fast, I ended up purchasing a set of these hydrates. And something really fun to do is to mix these hydrates with with some of your tube watercolors to get really bright, radiant colors so you can add a drop of Let's say, this gambo G to a mix that you have, and it will just really make it more bright. And so you can also try mixing some of these these liquids with your tubes or your pan sets . And that's a really fun way to use thumb. I really think the liquid watercolors are great for lettering. I think they're They're really nice for a lot of things. You can still mix them and do a lot of color mixing with, um, thes doctor Ph. Martin's are really bright and vivid. I love that the equal lines are really handy for like I said, just dipping and lettering. But again, I still prefer the tubes. I prefer the mission gold, but I love all watercolors on. And so if you're gonna get liquid watercolors, I think I would recommend the doctor Page Martin's hydrates. It's nice, bright, vivid colors, and they do say that they are light fast, so they'll probably be better for original paintings over time than the equal lines or the radiant. However, if you're just creating for your own enjoyment or you're creating to ski and images, you can use any of these and they will be fine. I just I love just all the water colors, and these liquid watercolors are lots of fun to use. But again, I just wanted to share with you some of the pros and cons of the different types that you could get 7. Make Your Own Paint: something else I want to mention regarding paints is you can actually use food coloring to create your own watercolor pains. And there's also another method of creating your own paints. I will share with us well, so this is the Wilton Color right performance color system says. Create thousands of colors. Repeat colors accurately. I really like this particular food coloring because you can have so many different color mixes, and it comes with a chart, and I like this. It comes with a chart of just all the different recipes for the different types of colors that you can create, like this 13 drops of the pink with two drops of the purpose of the blue. You know, you get that that purple. If you want more of a darker purple, you add, you know this. And so there's all sorts of different recipes, and they come in these little these little containers that will last you forever, because you just need a few drops for your pain, and it will last a long time. So the recipe that I used for this particular batch and you can just see what works best for you, I will include this recipe as well as a link to a video of me creating these I you know, I got thes paint pots from Hobby Lobby so you can get these from craft stores or online. And then I put 2.5 teaspoons of water or 15 milliliters, and then I put a few drops of the Wilton color right food coloring. So depending on the mixture I wanted to get, I might have done four drops. I might doom or drops, you know, depending on the color combinations that I wanted. And then I mix it, and I used this little rubber tool here. I got this rubber tool to also use with masking fluid. And I just got these off Amazon, but I just mixed it with that. You can mix it with anything that you have around and one of the things I do want to mention these thes air nice and bright, they seem to really dry. Well, I like thes for lettering. You know, it's inexpensive. Way to I mean, these will last you for a long time by, um, as far as the light Fastness goes for these, I really don't know I did see someone on Instagram say that they used food coloring in high school years and years ago, and their paintings have not faded. So, you know, this is something definitely to consider if you want some another option and you're low on funds. And if you have some coloring, give it a try. You know, it's something you can definitely try. So another way you can make your own watercolor paints or were own ink is with this pearl lax and gum Arabic. So I have not really tried this myself yet. But what I will do is I will link to a video, and I'll include the recipe that she gives in the video in your class. Resource is, and I do plan on using this and trying this in the future, but I at least wanted to mention it in this class. What I did was I purchased these little containers that have the screw tops. I got these hobby lobby, and you can get them at any craft store just because it makes it easier to get them on and off. And then what you'll do is you'll put four parts pigment with one part gum Arabic. Now they did say that you can use either the powdered or the liquid. It works the same, and it's the same ratio for parts pigment to one part gum Arabic. This is the solar gold of the per alecks. And then this here is the jack word, powdered gum or Arabic. And then what you do is you put the same amount of Pearl X that you put in in water and you mix that up. So in the video that I saw online, she used one teaspoon of Rolex, 1/4 a teaspoon of gum, Arabic and then one teaspoon of water and mixed it up. And a lot of times this is used more for pointed pen. But I have heard that you can use it with a brush, which is what I do. I do brush lettering, and if you haven't taken my brush lettering for beginners class, I highly recommend it. But this is just another option I wanted to mention because it's out there. It's available, And if you have some pearl axe and gum Arabic around, you may want to just try it. I don't know that I necessarily recommend going out and buying it. But, you know, you're more than welcome to try it. I'm one of those people. I love to try things, and I love to experiment, So if you're one of those people, you might want to do that as well. 8. Watercolor Brushes: So let's talk about brushes. The best high quality brushes are the stable. Kolinsky brushes, and I have a couple of these. These are the Windsor and new in Serie Seven, and these are the Colin See Sable natural hair brushes. So I do have a few of these, but I also have many other different kinds of brushes, and the first set of Russia's that I got was this the super set that I found at Ross, and the thing I like about this is it just has a bunch of different types of brushes, as the big flat brushes, as fan brushes, you know, has just different types of brushes if I ever want to use those in my paintings. But these are an inexpensive, cheaper brand of brush. I then got thes Grumbach er, golden edge brushes, round brushes at Michael's. Typically, your brown brush is gonna be your most versatile type of rush. So it's the brush that I've really stuck with for the most part. Up until now, I mean, I may end up getting more variety later, but in the beginning around, brush is definitely the most versatile. I got these for lettering. It's a zero round zero and around one found these that Michael's and you got them with the 50% off coupon. I have since realized that these are synthetic hair. And so these air not the best quality, even though Michael said it was their professional watercolor brush available. You know, as I've learned more, I've realized that these air not the best quality. So they were what I started with. But now I do recommend if you're investing in some round brushes, this is the zero and the one for the Windsor and Newton. I used these four fine detail as well as lettering, and I do recommend these because they Arthuis, kolinsky, sable hair and I also have a bunch of rush is when I say a bunch floor. And these are the black velvet, the silver black velvet brushes. And these are all round brushes, though. If you're just gonna get one round brush, I recommend getting around six. So this was the first round brush that I got. It's a great versatile size for a lot of bigger things and then maybe get a round zero or around one for smaller details and for lettering so if you just get to, you know, to brushes, you get a smaller one around, zero around one. Probably stick with around one for beginners. And then around six, you can see I've used this six a lot. It's starting to rub off already, and that's really what I started with. I just started with two main brushes, but then I sense bought this thes three and it's set. It came in a set on the Amazon, and I'll link to them in the class. Resource is, but it's a 48 and 12 and I really like these bigger size brushes when I'm doing, like, other, like florals and other paintings where I just want to have more paint and my brush. They're really nice. I also got this masters touch around 12 at Hobby Lobby with a coupon, but again, it's most likely synthetic. Also want to talk about water brushes so water rushes are great for travel, and I know a lot of people who use the's just exclusively for their watercolor painting. Now, I personally wouldn't recommend just having on Leah Water Rush, but it might be a good option for a starter, you know, just getting a water brush and getting a basic watercolor kit Pinkett for those that are beginning. But I love my water brushes because I can put them into my different watercolor travel sets . So these are the pen tell water rushes, and they're different sizes, so they're small, medium and large. So actually, kind of goes this way. I don't know if you can really tell, but the smalls on the left, mediums on the middle and large is on the right. And so again, you know, if you just get a small and a large, it kind of be like the, um, like what I was recommending, like around six. You know, maybe maybe the medium. It's more like around six, but anyway, is just getting one of the larger ones and then the small one for lettering and small details. I definitely prefer the small one for lettering. It is nice to have all three sizes if they do come in a pack on Amazon. If you want to get all three sizes of this pen tell and the thing about the Penta Liz, Um, you you can't really unscrew it and carry it in pieces. It has to be carried in all one piece. You basically just unscrew the top. These are very simple to use. You just fill it with water, and then when you go to use it, you just squeeze the water out through the tip. So let me just show you here on this pallet, I could just kind of squeeze my brush and then the water will drip out, and then I can just swish it up and then it's ready to paint. And so these air really easy to use these is this just a scrap piece of paper, But now it's ready to use. I can start painting and again, no use paper towel off, and then I can come in and get another color, and then I can paint with that. And so these are really handy because the waters in it you just squeeze through it. You don't have to dip in and out of water. Now. This one was a brand new one, so I'm just using it for the first time. You can see it's stained. That's the That's what's gonna happen to these. They're going to stain, and that's fine. That's what happens. But when you squeeze water and there's no more color that comes out, then you're all good with all the paint is out of it. So the pen tell our my favor, and I like having all three sizes. I take it in my travel kit and then I have water, you know, in all three, and I have all the three sizes. Another water rushes, the security coy, and it's a much longer tip. So for lettering, it's a little harder to control. But once you get used to it, you can really get more, thinks and thins with the tip. Not sure if you can really tell on here. It's of compared to the small and tell. So the pen tell is on the left and this occur. Coy's on the right, and you can see how much longer the security coy is, so it makes it harder to control. And that means it's gonna take more practice with your lettering, but you might be able to then end up getting more thick. Somethin's on that because it has just more ability to do that with the longer length and the thing about the security Oy is it has the ability to break down into another piece. So it has this separate little piece. You just have to make sure you don't lose it. It's really small. And then you just unscrew. And the weird thing about this is it screws off opposite, um of the pen tell. So I have a really hard time with up. Then you just stick this cap in there and then the water doesn't come out, and then you can carry it separately. So this is really nice. If you're traveling and you have a smaller travel palate, you can fit the's in there by just taking them apart. This is the current talky water brush, and it also does the same thing. You can take it off and then plug. It has a little plug that it comes with, and then you can carry it, um, separate. And so it will fit in smaller travel pallets. This has a smaller chip, similar toothy pen tell, and it's a good water. Russia's well, I've used the pen. Tell Mauritz what I started with, and so I'm still just partial to it, probably because I'm used to it. But any of these water rushes air gonna work well. And then this is the pen. Tell ah, quash water rush, and I just filled it with ink in a later video where I talk about Inc. You'll you'll find out more about that. But again, you can just unscrew this, and I use like an eye dropper to put ink in here So you can also fill this with liquid watercolor or with e ink and different things. And it will work well that way as well. The last thing I just want to cover is I have one of these Divinci travel brushes, and when I got this one, I don't think I realized it's the synthetic material, but you can get the rial sable. Kalinsky here brushes a swell, but this is a number one for lettering or for fine detail around one. And it's just a nice compact travel brush. And then, like I said, if you get a number six round in a number like one, then that would be probably the two that I'd recommend for a travel brush. I'm planning on getting a number six in the future of this type to try out and to keep in one of my travel kits because I'm addicted to travel kits. So this is a little bit of an overview on brushes. Your brushes should spring back, So when you flick, um, they should spring back, it should be able to pick up paints well, so it should be hope. Be able to hold water, pick up paints Well, it should come to a point when it's what. So these brushes need to be able to come to ah Point and the Sable Kalinsky. Natural hair brushes are a great investment. I do recommend them if you are able to afford it. So with all of the supplies, I basically say, get the best you can afford. A really big tip is when you're storing these brushes, you never, ever, ever want to store them with the brush down. You always want to store them. You always want to store them with the the handle down. If you store it with the rush down or if you store it in water, it will destroy the brush. So never, ever, ever, ever, ever do that. I just have a little container here that I keep my brushes in and it's nothing fancy. It's just a little wire container, and then I just stickum handled down in here. And that's how I currently keep my brushes. Can I also use a brush cleaner? I call it a spa for your brushes and the masters brush cleaner and preserver. This will last you a lifetime, and it cleans oil paint, watercolor, acrylic and other stains. And so, basically, you rents your Russian warm water, swirl the brush in the compound, work it into a lather, rinse and repeat until the brush is clean. You can shape the rush to appoint, allow to dry with clear lather on for extra conditioning. So I live in Colorado right now, and I just think that the conditions are hard on my brushes because it's so dry. So this is like a conditioning, a conditioner. I never had to use conditioner in my hair until I moved to Colorado Springs. And so these are hair Russia's squirrel here thes silver rushes, air squirrel hair or the Clint Ski stable here. And so I have just been cleaning them occasionally with this master cleaner just to condition them, try to keep them in good shape, and this isn't necessary. But it is something to consider getting because it will last your lifetime. And it will really help you to take care of your brushes and help them toe last. 9. Watercolor Paper: Let's talk about watercolor paper. If you talk to any professional watercolor artist, they will tell you the paper makes a complete difference. They will say, Don't invest in cheap paper. Get the expensive paper. But I will tell you that expensive paper can really get expensive. And so, as you're learning as you're beginning, what I recommend is starting off with this skansen watercolor paper. I can often get this with a coupon at my local art store, and it's a great investment in the beginning because you can get a lot of practice on this . And personally, I think it works fine. But if you're really serious about watercolor and you want to dive right into the good stuff, go for it. I'm not going to keep you from doing that. So there's cold press and there's hot press. This here is cold press. This is the most common type of watercolor paper most watercolor artists use. Hot press is more smooth. Cold press will be, um, a little more rough. One thing I like about this particular size, the 12 by 18 is I can cut them into four by six sheets of paper, and then I could just have them available to use at any time. So I have some over here and then I love painting small because I can paint something quick . I can let her something. I can send this as a postcard. I can put it as a card in the mail. I can put it in a four by six frame. Or I could put a mat around it and put it in a bigger frame. Thes air. Really great sizes. I love this size right now, and it really has a sense of accomplishment when you finish something so that the cancer is what I'd recommend if you're a beginner getting started. Like I said, unless you're just really wanting to dive in and get the professional more expensive paper right away. I did do some testing between the cancer and watercolor paper and the arches professional watercolor paper. This is the arches, and this is what a lot of artists will say is much better. And they're actually owned by the same company now. And what I've heard is that the arches paper, the quality has been a little bit different, or maybe not as good as before. It was purchased, but I I really don't know myself because I haven't tried it before. But the arches paper it is a lot more expensive. It is cold out. This is cold press. I noticed that It does seem to be a little more rough on the here so you can see on the inside here it says Skansen. It's owned by the same company, but this is professional grade papers. So the arches is the professional grade paper, the regular Kansan that I showed you earlier. Excel Cancer in Excel is thes student grade. And so I did a test between the Kinison arches and the cancer in Excel, and when I just did a ah single layer of a wash, the arches looked much more vibrant. The colors were much different, and it looked so much better on the arches. But when I did multiple layers and I added more paint after a while, it really to me, looked the same. Between the arches and the cancer in Excel, I also noticed the arches still warped a little bit similar to the cans, Um, and so to me, um, there wasn't a huge difference, but definitely there was a difference. There definitely was a difference in quality. The the single color and washes were definitely more Viber on the arches. And so if you want to just get right in with some professional paper, you might want to check out the arches and get that instead of the cancer in excel. I just want to share a couple other types of paper that I've been testing out. This is the stone hedge Aqua, and you can get it at Juries are Ntarama on? The Juries are Haram a website, and this is a try it pack. So what I like about this is they send you just a, you know, a few pieces to try out, and you can try it out. Now, the thing is, they stamp their name on there, so you have to cut that off if you're going to actually use this paper for something that you're gonna give away. If you're just, you know, practicing. You can keep that on there. But I've heard good things about the stone hedge paper and then this be paper company. I found this at Hobby Lobby and again was able to get it off with a coupon, its six by nine inches, and that's a really good size to create a watercolor journal. And so what I did was I created my own little watercolor journal in my other sculpture class five. Easy, no sew sketchbooks. I show you how to create this one, and I created this one with this be paper company watercolor paper, so I didn't have to cut it. It was the perfect size for this type of sketchbook. You could also use this paper for the Coptic Stitch type of watercolor sketch book that I also have a class for here on skill share. And so again, this was It seems like more medium of the road quality, but it's definitely another one to check out, especially if you want to create your own watercolor sketch books. It's a great size. You don't have to cut it. And again, this is the B paper company. The paper that professional watercolor artists rave about is the Fabbiano. This is the art T scope, and it's the Fabbiano brand. This is cold press, and I just got the five sheets 16 by 20. It definitely is more expensive, but I was, you know, with this, I'm able to cut it down. It is cold press, £140. But I'd be able to cut it down into smaller pieces and it would really last me a while. I got this on. Juries are Ntarama as well, and this is definitely a step up. If you're doing commissioned paintings, if you're selling your paintings and you really want tohave some high quality paper, this is something. Definitely, until look into just want to show you a few other watercolor journals. This is the pantalla awkward journal. I actually haven't tried it yet because I've been have so many other journals right now. But I have seen good reviews about it online. It's a nice size. It has the little band here, and it has a place to stick a pen or a brush or something like that. I wouldn't put your regular Russia's cause. Thean ends. We get, we get damaged. But you could put like a aqua brush. Ah, water Russian here, Another watercolor journal. This is the Strathmore and this is the 400 Siri's. And to be honest, I really wasn't impressed with this paper The way that it responded Toe water. It has been my least favorite. Now, you know, I can still make drawings and things on here, but I don't know if you can see the paint. Kind of it didn't quite absorb in there, and it isn't consistent. Um, I just I wasn't a fan. I don't know if you can see here how the paint and this is my mission Gold paint, the paint that I normally use. But I just I wasn't loving the way that the Strathmore Watercolor Journal works. I wouldn't recommend this one. And then I also found this handmade watercolor paper in a journal at Hobby Lobby. And this one is just really fun. It's has the rough textured edges, is very textured. It's not as smooth as some of the other papers, but it's just something different. And I'm gonna be using this mostly for florals. I've started with this one and you get to see it. It just provides a different texture, is just kind of fun and unique again. If you live close to a hobby lobby most of the time they have coupons that you can get online and you can get a really good discount. So there's so many options for watercolor paper and watercolor journals. My best suggestion is if you're just getting started out used the cancer next cell. I have used that for months and months. It has really been fine, and I havent enjoyed it. It's been it's been good for me. If you want to take a step up, check out the arches and then probably the highest quality that I should use. The Fabbiano. And so there's also all different types of paper you can try. It just depends on what you want to do at this time and where you want to start. I do wanna share a quick tip with the with the watercolor paper, and the tip is that if you have, you know, once you have your painting, sometimes the edges will warp a little bit. And so what you can do in this case is I just use my cheaper, flat brushes and I just dip it into water and I just put water all along the back side of this, and then what you can do is make sure it's it's nice and wet, and it will start to curl a little bit, but then you'll just put some books on top of it, some heavy books, and then you just let it dry, and then after it's dry, it will be much flatter than it was before. It won't always be completely flat, but that's a great little hack and technique to string out your watercolor paper. If you are using a student grade like the cancer in Excel and it starts to work a little bit, you can flatten it out and just use this little technique to do that. 10. Watercolor Paper Showdown: in this video we're gonna do a watercolor paper showed out and I'm just gonna do this a similar wet on wet wash, which I will go through all the basic watercolor techniques in a future class. But I'm just gonna do a basic wet on wet wash and show you the differences in these five watercolor papers. And so again, we have the two student grades that can send Excel and the B paper company. And then the three professional, the stone hedge arches and Fabbiano. And what I'm gonna do is I'm just going to start with some water and I'm just going to put the water for on each of these pieces of paper and you'll start to notice some of them will start to curl a little bit as we go. I'm going to try my best to try to make it as much the same as I can. But, you know, it's gonna be a little bit different. Just because I'm not scientifically don't have, like, a specific amount of water that I'm doing. I'm just dipping in my brush and putting it on here already. I can see the cancer in paper is starting to curl. Not sure if you can really see it in the video. All right, so I have all of those wet. Now I'm going to go ahead and take some of my paint, some Daniel Smith paint here and going to just go ahead and swipe it across the top here, Like about one thing I did notice right away. Is the cancer in Excel Paper does tend to be more smooth, which, if you do a lot of lettering, actually is helpful because the rougher the paper is, the harder I feel it is for lettering. But, um, you know, it just depends on what, What you're using the watercolor paper for. Actually, this Fabbiano was really curling as well, but it will. It will really depend on. You know what happens in the end when it dries. Typically, professional water paper can take more water, and it could do better. So one of the things I am noticing is each of these you know, it's has, like, different water that is, you can see here water that is forming and on the edges. And the stone hedge has that the far Briana has the least amount. So with professional watercolor paper. It will end up. It will end up absorbing into the paper better so you can see there's not as much of that pooling of water. And again the arches is better to. And there is a little bit of a pooling of the water on the right hand side, but not a lot. And I'm not going to do a lot to these just because I just want to try toe, have it be as similar as possible. So I'm gonna take another color. Yellow and orange and yellow and red. They make really great combinations, gets more pain and just get a little water. So I get the consistency that I want and, well, really talk more about technique with watercolor painting in a future class. Right now, I'm just mostly wanting to test the paper. So I'm doing this because I know that this yellow and the red it will mix well and the colors will look good. They're next to each other on the color wheel. Like I said, we will go into more color theory in another class, but I want to just do this to compare what the colors look like and how the paper responds . So because I'm doing this with so many pieces of paper, some of this water has started to drive just a little bit, so it's not quite as much. Well, on what as it would typically be if I was just doing one court? Now this is a fun way to do. A background for your lettering is just to dio a two or three color went on. What wash on your background? And so this is super easy. Could just use colors that complement each other and that look well together or that would mix well together. And you can see you know, the the different papers, how its lending together. I love that effect and probably the biggest thing I'm noticing. The difference with the Fabbiano and the Arches is there's no water pooling. I'm seeing the water pooling here on the Kitson Excel here on the B paper and the stone hunch, but I really tried to use a similar amount of water on all of them, And so it does seem like the arches and the Fabbiano are absorbing water a little bit better now. I did do a test previously, and on the left hand side is three cancer in Excel. On the right hand side is the arches and the arches is definitely a rougher paper. Not sure if you can really see that or not the cancer next solace smoother. But this rougher paper probably just then helps it to absorb the water better. But after I did, you know, the first wash I saw a really big difference in the color. Um, all right, now in this particular color said, I'm not seeing a huge difference in the color on that, But for these for this past test that I did when I did multiple layers, it really, to me seem to turn out very similar. This is the arches, and this is the cancer in excel. And then they both had some curling, so I was really surprised. I thought the arches wouldn't have as much curling the arches is at the top. The cancer next cells on the bottom. You know what? They both had some curling of the paper. And so overall, you know, I still I don't know. I'm still partial to the kids and ex, I think because I do so much lettering, and the smoother surface is better for the lettering When you have a rougher surface, it's really going to be difficult to get smooth lettering over this. Whether you're using ink and a brush. Are you using the Tom Bo hard or soft food and a Suki? You know, pan that there's a probably the ones I use the most, but you know, they came out to me fairly similar. The cancer. Nextel's a lot cheaper, but I do. I mean, there are times that you just you want that kind of rough look with the water color paper, So I'm just gonna go ahead and use my heat tool. You can also use a hair dryer. So that's something else you can dio. I have this Nicole heat tool, and I'm just gonna go ahead and use this to speed up the process of the drying. But like I said in the beginning, I also used a hair dryer, and that will work fine, too. So it's mostly dry, but I want to show you something now that it's mostly dry on the student. The student grade and apparently the stone had just is supposed to be professional, But it happened to this to where there was pooling of water. It creates this little effect and leaves this little spot. Now, I don't actually mind that too much on my watercolor backgrounds, because it's fine. But if if you didn't want that, if you have student green paper like here I left a little spot, you could just take your napkin and you could pull up some of that paint and then you could take your brush and smooth out that sections. So I'm gonna wet my brush again. I want to make sure doesn't have yes, still has read. And there's these bigger brushes. It's harder toe. Get them completely clean after you've had a color in there. Okay, that's fairly clean. So let me just say, if I wanna try to smooth down this edge and just take some water or some water and a little bit of paint and come back in here and just kind of try to smooth this out. Nothing with watercolor is most of the time. You can just wet it and you can I wouldn't over, you know, work with it too much like because then it gets it's kind of hard to work with. But in something like that, you could just, you know, pick up any extra water and then, you know, just work to smooth out those edges. And now that I have a little bit of extra on there, I can just take my napkin and pick up any extra and again, just kind of smooth it out with my brush so you could do something like that as well. Like, if you don't want that pooling of fact, just make sure you pick up any extra paint with your brush. Otherwise, you know it. It could leave these little splotches, and you know, there really was not any of that with the Fabbiano. Now there was just a little bit of curling with the five Ariano still, and so you know any paper, any watercolor paper there could be curling. That's why some people use the blocks. So you combines some watercolor paper in blocks, which just means it's glued on all four sides, and so it's much it just stays in place or when you're painting, you can take some painter's tape and or washing tape or masking tape. I find that masking tape, though, can tear the edges of the watercolor paper. And what you can do is you can actually just put this around the edges like I'm just put it around off for edges, and that way you just tape it down and you're able to you know, it just it's not gonna curl as much. Let me show you an example of that. This is the cancer in Excel that I've already pre cut, and you can just take some paper. And what this will do is it will create a nice little white border around your paper as well. So you just want to try toe, make sure that the borders it's that it's straight around there and that you kind of have an even amount on of how much white there's gonna be on all four sides so that it looks like a nice frame afterwards. But you just tape it down, and then this will really help with some of the curling and warping like I showed you in the last video. There's a little tip you can do to help straighten out your your paintings. After they're done, you can go back and review that video if you need to to see that technique. So this one, I'm just gonna do kind of, um, diagonal do it a little bit different and you can actually on When you have this tape down , you could do the whole page. You go over the edge is and it's not gonna matter as much. And this pain is a little less vivid because it's more watered down. There's not as much left, but sometimes you want a softer look, especially if you're gonna be lettering over it. You may want a softer look. Sometimes it's fun to drop paint. End of things. He could drop some paint into this corner. Or you could drop some paint along here or just randomly. It just depends on you know what kind of look you're going for. It's gonna drop some pain, some random locations there, and so you can see it's staying more flat as a go. And I'm gonna just dry this so provide a kind of a neat tied I effect. And when you lift the tape, you just would be really careful because you don't want to rip or take any of the paper off . If you've used a heat tool. Or, if you have a hair dryer, than it will help to loosen the tape as well. When you use that heat tool because it will kind of, like, loosen the edges. And sometimes what I'll do is I'll reuse this tape so I'll save these pieces for later. I'm not gonna worry about that right now. You can see how that created a really nice border white border around the edges. It's still got a little bit curled, and I said, I can use that technique I showed you in the last video to straighten it even more. But this is just another option that you can use just to really help. Not only get a nice border, but just to keep a flat a flat piece of paper while you're painting. Now some artists will talk about stretching your paper. I honestly I don't have the patience for it. You can Google that you can figure out like there's a lot of different people that will, you know, tell you how to stretch your paper. I'm not really into that. So, you know, I I'm not going. Teoh go into that in this class but that's also another option. So let's just review what the's papers looked like so you can see up close. So this was the cancer and excel. This is how this one turned out, says the B paper company. And it's gonna look different if you have multiple layers on here. And if you're doing multiple washes. I just wanted to do a simple comparison for you just so you could kind of see Says the Stone, huh? Just let me do it kind of sideways. You can really see an up close look. And I lettered all of these things with the Tom bow food on a Suki hard pen. So that's high lettered that if you're curious, this is the arches. And then finally, here's the Fob Reon Oh, so again, like I said in the last video, I think the cancer in Excel is gonna work fine. For most of you, and especially for lettering at Smoother, it's gonna be a little bit easier adding the lettering on their If you're wanting to do more professional paper, try some arches. You can also just get a little bit of all of these like I have and try your own. I see. You know, try using them and see which ones you like best. But I would definitely recommend storing out with the kids in Excel or the Arches and then going from there. I hope you found this watercolor paper showdown helpful. And I will see you in the next video. 11. Palettes: in this video, we're gonna talk about pallets now. It depends on what type of paints you're using, what type of palette you'll need. If you're using liquid watercolors or pan sets, then you'll just need a palette to mix in or to add more water to make it more transparent . If you're using tube watercolors, you'll need a pallet. Actually, squeeze a little bit of the paint into. So most commonly recommended are these plastic pallets, and it's because they're inexpensive. You can get them for a few dollars, and I have several different varieties of these plastic pallets. You know they have different amounts like this one has six spots, and this one is bigger. It has a lot more mixing areas and places to put paint. What I didn't realize is when I was purchasing these plastic ones. This is the one I have used the most. They stain. So if you have decent amounts of, you know, decent pains like my favorite currently are the mission Gold Pains. Like I've already mentioned, they will start staining your plastic pallets, and what happens then is you don't you're not able to see a clear color underneath this when you're mixing now, just a quick tip I found online is that if you do have a stained palette like that, you can simply use some sort of cooking oil. I have some pure canola oil here, and I'm just going to use this and put a little bit on a napkin. I'm just gonna show you a little tip. So I have a little bit off oil on this napkin and then you just bring that into the palate and it will help you clean up the Palin on this one I've been using so often, but you can see it is cleaning it. It is getting that stain offer there, but it's still still kind of staying. I mean, it would take me a little while a little bit of scrubbing to really get that off of there. But it is better. It is getting a lot of that stain off of there. So if you have a plastic pallet and it is stained and you want to get it better, you know you could just use a little bit of oil and wipe it out. So that's a great little tip toe learn, but I will admit to you I don't use my plastic pallets anymore. And the reason is because I have discovered ceramic palettes. So my ceramic pallets I love these ones have painted them. So I was using them recently. And so, you know, with watercolor, you don't have to waste pain. You can just reactivate it later. But this is my favorite one, and I will link to the one I purchased on Amazon in the class. Resource is, but it has seven little wells, and the ceramic ones will not stain. So when I'm done with this pain and I rinse this out, it will be just a zweiten, as it was when I purchased it. Now, color mixing is the superpower of water color. That's what makes Watercolor so special. It's what I love about watercolor. I will do it a complete other class about color mixing. But when you're mixing colors, it's really hard to be able to see what color you're getting if the palace stained. So I love this ceramic one also found these little ceramic dishes at the thrift store, so check your throw store. You never know what you might find there. I found these and I like these just for mixing one color at a time or a couple colors, and they're kind of handy to have around as well for my mean mission Gold watercolors. I purchased this palette, and it's a little bit more expensive. It's called Fusion 33 it says Airtight, leakproof, watercolor palette. And I really like it. I have used it quite a bit now, and I like to keep my palace claim so I don't leave a messy, but you do what you know. You be you. You do what you do. And if you want to leave your palates messy, go for it. Now I do still have a messy pallet here because I didn't want to throw away this paint. This was my Daniel Smith professional pay, and I just wanted to keep using him. But a lot of times I will keep a clean palate because I just prefer that. But this is how this one works that has 33 wells, and right now I don't have paint and every single one, but I've squeezed some of my two paints in here, and then I created little swatches you can see here so I know where all my paints are. So I know like this one at the top right hand corner is the Windsor and Newton Cotman. Pressure blew. That was when I had bought separately this this one right here. Underneath it is the deep, ultra marine blue. So I'm able to very easily identify, and after a while you start to memorize where your paints are in your sets that you use the most. So this is a really nice sub, and it does have a mixing area that a pan here on the top that you can take out to clean. But again, like I said, I'm not a fan of these plastic ones. I've only used it a one or two times and authorities staining. So I just stick with my ceramic ones and I use this mostly just to keep my paints in as a container. And then, um, you know, it's it's what I use in my art studio. Let's go ahead and talk about travel pallets. I'm kind of obsessed with travel ballots because I love traveling my husband. I travel a lot and I don't know, I just I love I just love it I just get explain why I have collected a bunch of different travel pallets, and they're just so fun. So this is kind of a typical travel pallets. It's the metal palate. And I have my Daniel Smith pains in here. I can also keep one of my security. Oy, what a rushes in here because, like, is it the water brush it can cap off. So I love this, and then you have a couple mixing areas that you can mix. And when you're taking this and you're traveling, you can also find those type of travel kits in bigger sizes. So this is a bigger size, and this has all of my sheen hand professional watercolors in it, the only ones that aren't in here or the white in the black because they just don't fit with all the supplies again, I can put a water Russian here. This is the current talkie water brush. I have, like a pencil and eraser, some minor clubs, and it all fits in here. And so what I tend to do is they come with little interior things that you can fit it in. I tend to take those out and then I just put my paints in here with little magnets on the bottom so I can fit more in. So this is really cool, because I could fit all of the sheen hand professional ones in here, and I love that. I also like the fact on these. They have little rings, so these little rings are for, like, your thumb. You can put your thumb in their your finger in there, and then you can hold on to it when you're out and about and you know it's it's more stable when you're on the go. I also like making my own travel kits out of these Altoid tins. So this this is a mission Gold one. I have my little napkin in here and I fit everything in here. I have 10 colors. I have a little watercolor brush of the Vinci watercolor brush, have a little golf pencil in their some binder clips, an eraser, and I just I cut down my kneaded eraser just cut into a smaller size to fit in here. But the thing you can do is you can take a lead from another outside can and then, with these finder clubs you can attach it. So in a future class, I plan to show you step by step high, create thes, but they're really fun. It's a really easy way, and I just I love just the fact of using these little Al toy tens. I don't know. There's something so fun for me about that, and you can just have a little travel kit on the go so fun and easy, and then you can just put the extra lid on the bottom. And then I just all travels nicely together. I also love these little Altoids Smalls. You can make this into a really small little palate, 5/2 pans that in here I put a little bit in the corner because I wanted the six colors of the Daniel Smith essentials to fit in here. But these air really fun. This is the one I carry in my purse, my travel kit, my personal. The times it's really light. It's really small. I love that to this is something you might be interested in if you just got a portable painter dot com. I got this on a Indiegogo site, and this is kind of a cool travel pal. It's a little more expensive, but I just had to try it out. So these little wells are for you can use these for water. You can put your supplies than them while you're painting, and they just slide right on. And then this sits up on its own, you can actually sit it over your thigh rested on your thigh, and then you have hands free painting. Then you open this up and there's some bunch of different wells to mix in. And I have a mixture of mission Golden Daniel Smith professional watercolors in here. So it comes with a bigger size brush here. Then you just pull out the end here, and this is ah, smaller brush for fine details and assuming it's a synthetic brush. But it's gonna find just for, you know, toe have a brush in this set to go. So this is the portable painter set, and no, so far I've liked it. You can put water in here like you're gonna have your dirty water here. Your clean water here, you could set your Let's say you have a water rush. This one is with ink, but you could set your brush in here, you can. You can use these for different things, but so far I've liked this set as well. And then you just put it back on the slide, this metal piece back on. The one thing I did see complaints about is, you know it's It might be easy to lose that little metal piece, so you just have to kind of keep your eye on that. One of the most inexpensive travel pallets you'll find are these little plastic pallets, and I haven't really used them for travel. But there's a place to put your thumbs. He can hold it. There's different mixing wells. There's different places for your paint. So if you're getting just getting started off, this might be a good just starter travel palette. I'm not sure how airtight it is or waterproof. I probably would only put the paint on this side and then just keep this side for mixing. And that way you could just keep this side, you know, horizontal. And it wouldn't have it, you know, as much of an opportunity to leak. But these air really inexpensive, easy ways to get started and said you can also just use Altoid tins and other things for your travel set. So that is, you know about the pallets. There's a lot to know, a lot to learn, but I want you to know that you just start with a simple palette. You don't. I mean, you can actually just use a paper plate. Or you can use a piece of plastic that you have laying around. Like I I saw an artist on Instagram, and she had this like, clear plastic Palin. She had all these different colors on it and she was painting from it, and it just looked really cool. I said, What palate is that? She's actually said It's actually just a lid from a certain product. So think about what you have around that you could maybe reuse and have it as a palate. It could be, Ah, Sometimes I see people just using plastic lids lives from things you can use different plastic containers that something that you purchased came in canoes, plates. E mean, it does not have to be fancy. You can use whatever you have around the house right now just to get started, and then as you go, you might notice that you want to add and get some other palettes now. I loved your research, and I love to, you know, just be able to see what is the best and really be able to tell you. And so I have purchased a lot of things. But like I said, you can get started with just the things you have around the house. 12. Other Supplies: in this video. I'm just gonna talk about some other supplies you'll need for water color. You will need to containers of water. I like using the's contain types of containers right here because they're short. So it doesn't take me a long time just to dip my rush in there and, you know, clean it out. I started off using, like, to pickle jars, and those will work fine. Use whatever you have on hand. But I found, like diving into that jar and then into the other one. It just took more time. And like I said before, if you've been following me, you know, I get it done. Type person. I want the quickest and fastest way. So I found these shorter containers to be much better for me. So you want one container for clean water and one container for dirty water. So when I am working with watercolor, say I did my brush into this water color paint and then I am cleaning it out. I'm going to push put it into the dirty water first. I usually have my dirty water on the left of my clean water on the right. So I put it in the dirty water, and then I dip it into the clean water and make sure that I really get everything out of my brush. I'll wipe it onto my paper towel. But that way you have one container, water that's dirty and one that stays fairly clean. That way you have the color. Stay really nice and clean, and you don't have too much mixing going on something else I love using as my little eye dropper. I have used this for so many things. This is so useful. I like to just take some water out of the water container, and then I will drop some into my palate toe, wake up the water or to water it down. So have a palate right here with some water, coz I could just add a few drops of water in there. Then I can take my brush. What, what? The brush and then just mix it up and it's ready to go. So this was what this was pain I had left over from something else, and that's what I like to do. You can also just take your brush and and bring water in here, but I just find it takes longer. And then I'm getting my water dirty in between because I'm having no rinse it out and then get some more clean water and bring it in. So for me personally, I love the eyedropper for just adding water when I want to really water down a certain paint, and it really works well for me. The other thing you want is you want paper, towel or napkin. I use paper towel just because it seems to absorb a little bit better, and these can last a long time. I just replaced mine and they get really dirty and colorful. I call it napkin art or paper towel art. I issues favorite tiles here, and then when I take the paper, tell off the role. What I'll do is I'll fold it in half, and then I will cut it in half. So then it does look like a napkin size. I always like to have a pair of scissors kind of close by, and you don't have to exactly measure it. Just cut it in half, and then that way you have too little paper towels to use, and it just goes a long way. You could also use sponges. I've seen artist, you sponges and other things that are more ICO friendly. I just personally have used the paper towels. And so what these air for is to rinse, you know, make sure you get all of the color out of your brush. So, for instance, if I'm using this blue and let's say I rinsed it out and I bring it over here, I'm like, Oh, it's there still blue in it so I can rinse it again into the dirty water and then the clean water, and now I bring it out. I'm like, Yep, it's out. So now I know I could go into another color without contaminating it with the blue. Unless you want to mix, let's sometimes you want to mix the colors so it's It's fine, but your paper towel is gonna be an indispensable resource. Something else you want is some sort of spray bottle. So watercolors the paints are amazing because they never dry up or you never waste them. Like if you have paints leftover like I do in this palette, you could just wake him up again. I personally like this really small one. It's one that I got with my Tom Bo blending kit, but you can use any. I think this is something I had for my hair, and I just washed it out. Clean it out now has water in it. This is something I bought for a dollar, I think, at Hobby Lobby. So you just wake it up, whether it's in a palette like this, or it's a pan set or it's something else, and it's really handy toe. Have something like this around again. You can use your trusty little eyedropper as well. Just drop a few drops in there and and then you will be able tow. Wake it up with that. I like the spray bottle because it just tends to be more even. And so having something like that around is very handy as well. 13. Ink: in this video, we're gonna talk about Inc. Now I'm going to share with you what I prefer and through my research, what I like. But I encourage you to experiment. Try yourself as well. Part of what I want to do in this class is really help you gain a hold on which materials to invest in. So you're not wasting your money. So I am going to tell you what I recommend. But again, you be you and you find what works best for you. And so I'm just going to start off first with the disposable pens. And so let's go ahead and start with that. There are a lot of different pens. You come by that have ink in them that are disposable. So you use some, use them up, and then you throw him away and get a new one. So my favorite are the microns. I love this particular set. It comes with down 2005 up 208 Now for sketching. I tend to stick around the 05 or 08 and then if it's a thinner line, I may go down to the 01 or one of these other ones down here, you know, if you want to vary the thickness of your lines, 05 is probably why I use the most. So if you're just wanting to invest in one pen, I would just get the 05 and start with that. And if you are able to invest in the whole pack, then that's what what, what I did in the beginning as well. So another pen that I use all the time is, is this pen tell arts color brush now It's funny because it's called a color brush, but it's a black rush, and this is a medium size, and I found this that Michael's. But you can also get it online. I really had a hard time figuring out which brush Ah lot of Instagrammers were using for their dry brush look. So this is what I call my freedom style when it comes to lettering, and the reason I call her freedom is because it's just messy. It's free, but it's kind of a fun look, and this is a really fun pen to use when you just want to add in a different look have that Messi dry brush Look, this is a great one. This is disposable. So once it's out, it's out. But I love this for that particular look. And that technique, these air a few of my lettering pans, and so I just want to show you a few options. This is the pen tell touch and these pens a really nice to use. I go in depth into brush pens in my brush lettering for beginners class. So if you haven't taken that class yet, I'd recommend taking that. This is the Tom Bo hard pen. This is probably one of my favorites. As faras, just small lettering goes. It's really a lot easier to control the fix and the fins. And when you want a smaller look, this is probably my favorite, and it's the one I recommend for beginners again. In my rush, learning for beginners class, I go through all of this, and then this is a pen that I have as well, and I've already afraid the tip of this and so I don't know if you can tell or not, but I used it on watercolor paper and, like I can see that the typist afraid I don't know if you can tell, but I can feel it, too, when I'm using it. So that is a pen. That is an option, but I don't use this one as much. So these are all disposable pens that you can get now, along with the disposable pens. You can also just use a simple brush with ink, and so that's probably my favorite way to use the ink. I tend to use this pen. Tell water brush. This is the small or the fine, and I fill it with Think it is a little bit must see. You have to be careful when you're filling it. If there are bubbles, make sure to pop the bubbles and basically this just the top screws off and then you can fill it with ink. I use a little eyedropper, and you just have to be careful. I do it over my kitchen sink and you know, sometimes it will still leak and I have to kind of work at getting this tight enough. And that's why I'm not unscrewing this for you right now. But I love this option just because I can pick it up. It's almost like a disposable pan I don't have to keep dipping it and you'll see me using this a lot in my lettering videos. Now, using a brush and ink is definitely ah harder skill to learn again. You can learn everything that you need to know about brush lettering and my brush learning for beginners class. But I just want to go through the supplies for the ink. And in this I currently have the doctor Ph Martin's Bombay Black India ink. And the reason that I like this ink better is it tends to be mawr waterproof, and it does need a little bit of time to dry. But in a fairly short amount of time. Once it's dry, you can actually use watercolor over top of the sink, and it won't smear. The other ink that I use that I started with is the speedball super black India ink, and this is a good ink as well. It's just not as waterproof now, they say, if you if you leave it for 24 hours, it will be more waterproof. So what I've done, but for both of these things, as I have them in containers and I have a little indicator on the bottom, so I know which is which. So I don't get them mixed up. But I put them in these little containers so that I can easily dip into them. And then I have my little brush here and I can just dip into it on. Let's just say Inc so I really like being able to just choose. I didn't do the little loop on this one was trying something different, but doesn't look right. So I really like just being able to use the brush inning. The thing that I don't like is you have to keep dipping him, and I'm not kind of get it done type person. So that's one thing. Then you have to clean it out in your water, you know, that sort of thing. So it just takes a little bit extra time and, um, but it's totally something that you can do as well get a really good effect with it. I think I got these little containers at Hobby Lobby. I like the screw caps because I had the other ones that just that just went on, and one time I was trying to get it off and end up spilling, waiting. So these air, definitely the screw caps are definitely better for use. So once you have your little swatch of all your different types of ink, you want to give it time to dry, and then one thing you can do to test it is again. You could just take a brush with water, any rush that you have with water, and then you can go over top of it to see how waterproof it is. Now, I already know that this pain tell color rush is not that waterproof. But let's just go ahead and check and see. It's kind of fading a little bit, so it will, um, fade a little bit depending how much water you put over top of it. I already knew that myself. And so when I used this messy my freedom style, I just I just know that I'm not gonna put watercolor. Typically, I'm not gonna put watercolor on top of it. I'll usually just put this on at the end. So this is the pen tell touch. It's very, very water based, so you're not going to be able to use it underwater color, so I typically don't use the pen tell touch brush at all with my watercolor. That's why I really like thes India inks cause they just tend to be more waterproof. Now, let me get this cause the Tom Bo is better than that. Let me just Here we go. Can see the Tom Bo is not too bad. It does fade a little bit if you would give it more time like these The pen tell one even up here the color brush and the Tombaugh. I bet if you gave it more time to dry like over 24 hours, you might be ableto have better results, but it doesn't fade as much. You can just tell a huge difference in those This one isn't bad, But again, it's still isn't waterproof. And I don't like any of that Teoh to blend or toe bleed. And so I really like toe have something I know is going to be fairly waterproof. So those other two need to drive just a little bit longer. But let me just show you here. The micron is very waterproof. And this is what I use all the time for my line drawings. Where I'm doing you know I do a pencil sketch first. Then I do a line drawing with my micron and I do watercolor over top of it, and I'll be doing more classes on these techniques. But, you know, in this big beginning class, I just want to cover all the different supplies so you can have a base to know where you're going. So the Micron I didn't let it dry enough so you can see it's It's fading right there. What is usually very, um, good to work with? Let me give it a little bit more time and let it fully dry. While that's drying, I think I can show you this here. If I come over this. This is the page Martin's India ink. It's like not it's not spreading hardly at all. This is the actually the best ink I found. Um, it's spreading just a little bit, but typically I don't see any spreading. It's because it's not quite. Um, I didn't let it quite drive with this. H You can see it's not sweating at all, and so I've been really impressed with this. It's the doctor Ph Martin's Bombay, India, ink. So if you want to use something underwater color. I'd recommend this or the micron, but again, you have to let the micron dry a little bit. So this here is the speed ball. Looks like the K is dry. Let me try it here. But you can see in the same amount of time this, um, this speedball and the doctor pH Martin's totally different experience. However, I have been told if you let the speed while dry longer, that it will be more waterproof. So, you know, do your own tests and, you know, try it yourself and see what you think. So here I'm coming back over the micron, and, um, it's really not bleeding too much. Um, it was a little bit. I think I might have had something still in my rush from the last pen, but typically the Micron will stay pretty in in place if you let it just dry a few minutes . So, like I said, what I recommend is the Micron and the Doctor, pH Martin's Bombay Black India Ink. If you want to do watercolor over it, and then I like to use this pen, tell color brush for just the messy look as well, and then the Tommo hard is the next pen that I use the most. So I hope this is helpful for you just to learn more about EQ. 14. Pencils: this video, I'm going to go over pencils, and I really did not understand the difference between all the different types of pencils before I got into sketching. Normally, if you just have a mechanical pencil or whatever type of pencil you have around the house, fill free to use that. However, if you really get into sketching, I do suggest learning a little bit about the different pencils. So I first just got this Kimberly set from Michael's. And of course, I love getting things there with coupons. And they just comes with three pencils, the two H h B, and to be so what the H stands for is hardness, so that means the pencil will be harder. It will be a lighter line. You can see ifs, watched it out in here. It's a lighter color, and then the B is blackness, and so blackness obviously is going. It's gonna be blacker, but it will smudge easier, you know, that also means it will shade easier so you can blend it in easier. And the HB or the to be are typically the pencils you'll use for standard sketching. There there was considered, you know, standard sketching pencils. However, when you're wanting to provide a light pencil line underneath your ink, that you'll then a race the's H pencils air Nice because they're lighter. And so the what? There won't be a dark and they'll be easier to erase. So these were the pencils that I got in the beginning, and then I have invested in these lira Rembrandt art design pencils. And this particular brand is a little bit more affordable on Amazon. But it comes with an entire set of 12 pieces. And so you can see here that it comes with four h and then it goes, you know, the different ages and again the ages air gonna be the lighter ones. Here are my swatches for these for these pencils and see how the four H is a lot lighter. And then the B goes up to six b. So the black is going to be a lot darker, and it will also blend easier. And so I'm just gonna show you on this piece of paper. Here, let's try this six b just to kind of show you what what was also possible. So if you just like sketching with pencils and I typically do ink so I might start in pencil and then do some ink, and I'm not really getting this exact right now. But let's say you want to do some shading on this side and you want to do like a shadow right here. Then what you can dio is they have these things and basically these air very inexpensive, and you can just shaded in and it will blend it easier for you. So you can really just blend in that pencil and get a neat shading effect with these blunt tools. And so that's something that thes black. The six bees, um, will will be able to to shade easier. You can see him getting some really neat like shaded effects. Now let's try it with the opposite end of the spectrum, the four h. I'm just going to just do a little bit right here just to show you this is not going to blend as well. Use the other end here, but this hardly blends at all. You can see the difference, and so that's kind of a little bit of the difference of the pencils. Also, there's an F pencil in here, which is just a stands for a fine point and you know you can. Like I said, get started with whatever pencils you have on hand, you can start with just a simple kit like I did with these Kimberly's. You can get a bigger sketching kit. It just really depends on how much sketching you're going to do what you really want to do with it. But I just want to show you what is possible with pencils. 15. Erasers: in this video, we're gonna be talking about erasers, and you might be thinking to yourself, but Shelly and erasers Eraser. Oh, no. A racer is not an eraser. There are different erasers for different purposes. And we're gonna talk about that in this video. This this eraser right here, the kneaded eraser changed my life. Oh, my goodness. When I was creating my coloring pages and I have a class all about creating your own custom coloring pages, I use just a regular eraser and all the shavings would go everywhere as I was erasing all the pencil marks It crazy, you know? And I do a loss sketching first and pencil. And then I do think so. I still do a lot of a racing, but this kneaded erasers changed my life seriously, as this is the one. I have the Prisma color needed rubber, and there's a ton of different kneaded erasers out there, but it has no shavings. So let me show you what I mean. So I'm just gonna draw something on here, and then I'm going to erase it. This is the back of ah, scrap watercolor paper. So But you can see no shavings. Awesome, like this is a game changer. It it's so awesome. I totally love it And highly highly recommend that you invest is just a few dollars. Make sure to get one of these. The next race I'm going to show you is the mono zero, and what this is good for us is by Tom Bo. There might be other brands that you can use, but I don't know if you can see it's just a really small tip, and then it's like a mechanical pencil, and you can bring it out further, you know, once you use it. I love this for getting into those small places. So if you are creating in an intricate design and you need to, you know, Ray something small the ways I use this little eraser is when I need to erase pencil from my lettering that I dio with ink, that I don't want it to fade or be, you know, just too harsh with this kind of erasure, and I find this eraser works fine over my Cron's. However, I find if I use my India ink that I have inside this pantalla quash pan, and I try to erase. It kind of fades this ink. And so in that case, I tend to use the mono zero cause I can get into small spaces. So let me show you a few examples. I've put a pencil sketch out of my lettering and the top one, I'm going to use my pen Tele Quash brush, pen a brush. And it has the Dr ph Martin's India ink in it, and I'm just gonna let that drives. It takes just a few minutes to dry, then on the bottom. Here, I'm going to use my micron 05 and I'm going to go over top of this. But I'm gonna specifically not go exactly over top of it so that I still have that a racer Mark, and you can kind of see where it is. And that's what typically tends to happen when I pencil out a lettering. Design is it's not exactly over top of it. And so there will be places that I need to erase the pencil. I'm not sure if you can tell in this high. There's just a little bit of a pencil mark right there. Not much, but on the hey, I really made it obvious and that you could really see it well. So I found that the micron dries fairly quickly. You do need to let it dry just a little bit, and then I tend to find that this kneaded eraser works fine with the micro pen. But I still don't go too heavy. I still I'm kind of light, just kind of testing its Make sure it's not smudging. Every once in a while, it's not completely dry, and it will smudge a little bit for the Micron I find. For the most part, this works fine. But for the India ink up here, what I find is that if I am trying to erase, see if I can show you here and you can mold this around, it's really cool. I try to erase over top of this ink. It starts fading, and I don't know if you can see or not, but that has started to fade a little bit. And so a lot of times I'll just take the mono zero, and I'll just come into the areas where I see enough. It does have shavings, but that was the only spot anything underneath the ink is hidden and it's fine. And so that's a great use for the mono zero. Another great use is like I said, if you're just doing intricate designs and you just need to get into a little spots that you want to erase, and I love this little eraser. The final eraser is this sand eraser from Tom Bow, and it's also the mono and it says for ink. But go The way I use this is if I make little mistakes on my watercolor paintings or my backgrounds or my lettering, you can actually use this to correct those mistakes. It will see him down your paper a little bit, but most the time you can't really notice, and especially if you're going to be just photographing it or digitizing it through scanning, it will be fine. But this is just something that I wanted to let you know about because it can be very helpful. Not sure this is the best example, but you know, there's let's to say, you know, there's just a little bit of of extra around the edge, and I like that with water coat. But let's just say we want to try to remove that, that we didn't want that there. Sometimes you might get a dot somewhere an extra splatter that just you don't like. And you could just take this sand eraser and it will sand down that peace. And again, like I said, it's going to take away some of the paper to know if you can see it's taken away that part of the watercolor and it doesn't look too bad. You can just kind of work at it until it kind of looks the way you want it. And you don't want to do it too much because it will, Like I said, ruin the paper. But I have just sanded away that piece of the watercolor, and it looks pretty good. So this is can be a saving grace. If you make little mistakes on your watercolor that you just really know you, you need todo correct or you need to do it over. You know this can really save you. That's how I use this sand Eraser says for ink, so you can also try it, like with your ink and try it that way. So I hope you found this video helpful about these erasers you have the kneaded eraser, which I think everyone needs at least one. You have this mano zero from Tom Bow that helps you get into teeny tiny spaces. And you can erase around lettering around designs. I love that one too. And then the sea and eraser can be helpful to correct small little watercolor mistakes that you just know it's gonna bug you. You want to try to correct it. And I have. I've used this several times in it, and it does help. It does work. So I hope you found this helpful, and I will see you in the next video. 16. Rulers: in this video, we're gonna talk about rulers. And one of the things that I used in the beginning was just a really cheap wooden roller with a plastic edge. And I found that it was really just wasn't going to serve my purposes. So I invested in these rulers. They were pretty inexpensive. I got these two, I think, at Wal Mart. And then I bought this one online and Amazon. But what you're gonna find is you're gonna have a need for a basic ruler. A lot. I like this one because it's think, but this is a really nice metal ruler basic ruler that I think anyone could really use. The reason I got the longer one this goes up to 18 inches is really because of bookbinding . I wanted something that was a little longer that I could put my Exacto knife next to and cut pieces of paper. But if you work with bigger pieces of art, this might be something you want to invest in. And then the last one that I got was this little flexible ruler. It's a six inch. The thing I love about this little guy is it won't break you can put it in your sketchbook , you can put it in your travel kit. This one goes in my travel kit, and I can take it anywhere, and I have it on the go. And so I love this little flexible ruler wasn't that expensive? And it's something really good to either put in your journal in your sketchbook or your travel kit. So these are the rulers that I haven't recommend at this time and let me know in the discussion area if you have a favorite ruler. 17. White Accents: this video, we're gonna talk about white and how to get a white look to your pieces after you've done Inc or watercolor. And one of the easiest ways to do that is with this unit ball signal, white pen. So I had a pack I bought with several of these in it, and these I use all the time. So there's several different white pens. This is the one I use and I recommend. And it's a really super easy way to get little highlights on your paintings after you finished or over your ink. Another option that I use a lot is this Doctor Ph. Martin's bleed proof white. So I sometimes we'll just take the cap off and I'll put a little bit in the cap with some water, and you just have to play around with the consistency. You don't want too much water because that that's to water down, but you don't want it too thick because this is very thick and so just put a little bit in the cap, or you can put a little bit in your palate, put a little bit of water. A lot of times I love using my little trustee. I drop her and I just drop a little bit of water in there and mix it up. And this is great for lettering or for adding white accents for doing white like on a galaxy. There's so many uses that I have for this doctor. Ph. Martin's bulletproof white, and I use this a lot. Something else you can uses acrylic white paint. And I just got this inexpensive brand to try, and it's something that you can put over your paintings. It's a thin, you know, thought of this mixed media, but you can use acrylic and then something that I'm just now getting into and going to spare bit more with is the couch, and this is the white and so you can use this. It's a thicker couches, a thicker form of watercolor. It's still considered a form of watercolor, but it's gonna be thicker. It's gonna be more opaque, and so this is something you can also use on top of it. I've used mostly the Univ. All signal and the pH Martin's, but just wanted to mention these airways. You can add white to your pieces after you're done 18. Masking: in this video I'm gonna talk to you about masking and unmasking is just where you put something on the paper to prevent your watercolor from from entering that space. And so it leaves it white. There's a few options that you can use, and I will go into more detail into how to actually use thes supplies in a future class. But for now, I just want to share with you the supplies that I use. So the masking fluid I use is the Windsor and new and masking fluid. And I just This is what I use with inexpensive brush because it can ruin your good brushes that the key to using masking fluid as you need to put soap in your brush before you use it . And so I have this little set up that I just keep in my area, and I just wet the soap. I get my rush real soapy, and then I leave it soapy. I dip it into theme, asking fluid, put it on my paper, and then I rinse it out right away. I put soap in it it again, and I have had no problems. This is an expensive brush that I have been using. But I've had no problems because I have used this technique with soap, so that is a really important tip when you're using masking fluid. I also like using painter's tape. You can use masking tape, but I have just found that does not work as well as painter's tape. It tends to bleed underneath the edges and you don't get a crisp line. And so painter's tape is a really fun way can create all sorts of different designs, and you can really have some fun things. You can play around with some fun things with this, because wherever you put the tape and then you watercolor over top of it, it will be left white underneath the tape. So this is a really fun technique, and again you can. You also just use White Kranz. You can put crayons on your watercolor paper, and then when you watercolor over it, it's going to have a masking effect. So these are just a few options. There's also a ma little masking fluid pen I've heard is really good. I personally haven't used it yet, but I've heard that that one is really good as well, and I just want to share with you a few of the supplies. And like I said, I will be doing a class in the future about masking fluid techniques and masking techniques with watercolor, so stay tuned for that in the future. 19. Gold: this video, we're gonna talk about one of my favorite things. How to get gold in your pieces. And one of the ways that is the the cheapest and easiest way to get started is simply using something like a jelly roll metallic pen. This is from Secura, and I love this. I will often just add a line like around a shape, or I will do little dots or, you know, draw things with this schooled Joe Penn. And I love this. It's inexpensive way to get started with gold. My second favorite way to do gold is through the's fine tech gold paints. I love these pains. It does come with a silver. Then there's varying degrees of gold. And I love these particular pains there. So pretty there, shimmery and you can also get current talkie gold paints. They tend to be a little bit cheaper, and I've heard that they get a similar effect. But these are the ones that I have, and I love these Find tech. Another way to get gold lettering is thes Kurt talking metallic markers. Now these are some of my favorite markers. I love the way that they look. It's so shiny and it really gives it a great thick and thin. It's easier to control than some markers, so this is a fun way to get some gold as well. I also have this doctor. PH. Martin ends your dissent, Inc. And to be honest, it's not my favorite toe work with, but you can use this with a brush. Just have to make sure you shake it up really well, get it really well shaken. And, um, it's a little bit harder, like I said, consistency to work with. But this is another option for you. Toe look into. As I mentioned earlier, you can create your own watercolor with the PERL X and gum, Arabic and water. So with the gold, this is the solar gold Rolex You could make your own what gold watercolor paint. And this is another option to use as well. And then, finally, I wanted to mention in bossing, So I love in bossing and I'll be sharing more about this in a future class. But for now, I just wanted to mention these supplies that you would need. So I I love this ranger and bossing powder gold, and then you will need an embossing pan. So this is an M boss it pen also by Ranger, and then you'll just need a heat tool. This is a Nicole heat tool moving around here, Nicole Heat Tool, and they just send you a random colors. I love that they sent me pink because I love, think especially right being. But that's basically what you need to get started within bossing, and it's a really fun way to add gold cheer pieces as well. So gold is a fun accent. Tow. Add. There's a lot of ways to do it and a lot of simple ways to do it and what you know. The top ones that I recommend are the gel pen and thief Fine tech watercolors. But choose your favorite and let's add some sparkle to our pieces. 20. Next Steps: there you have it. You should now have a really good handle on the different types of watercolor supplies. What it is you need to get started now And what you can invest in later. For your class project, I want you to share with me in the project area. The biggest ah ha moment you had in this class. What is one tip or strategy that you're going to take away from this and implement into your art? I also want you to share with us which supplies you're going to use, which supplies you're gonna invest in and which you would like to invest in in the future. Because this class is just all about supplies. I'm not having you actually create artwork as your project. I really want you to have a good understanding of the supplies and what's needed. And then in the follow up classes, I'm going to dive deep and really have fun creating watercolor art with you. If you enjoy this class, I would really appreciate you simply taking a moment to post your review here on skill share. There should be a pop up at the top of your screen that says would you recommend this class to other students? Simply click yes and post a sentence or two about what you learned, what you appreciated or what you've gained from this class, and it would mean the world to me. It also helps to reach more people with his training. And so I appreciate you taking a moment to do that. Thank you again for joining me in this class. My name is Shelly Hits, and it is my joy to share watercolor with you. I love it. It just brings me so much pleasure and joy and satisfaction. And if you would like to see Mawr little mini tutorials, I encourage you to follow me on instagram at color. My world beautiful to see more of my artwork and my daily watercolor practice. 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