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Suggested Supplies

Studio Class

Watercolors with Maryann Burton

Supply List

Transparent Watercolors


Rule of thumb is to spend what you feel comfortable spending on your materials.  I find that less expensive brushes may serve you well, but paper and paint is another story.  I use Fabriano Artistico professional grade paper. There are many brands out there to choose from. If you buy a student grade paper, please try to buy Arches or Fabriano Student Grade, but the least expensive professional paper will still be better for you to learn with. A watercolor Block is great.  This is a “pad” that has stacked sheets of paper attached together on all four sides,

As for paint, buy the small tubes at first. Tube colors are better, and I don”t recommend sets, there is a lot of waste.  The colors I have on my palette are listed below.  You DO NOT need all of them.  You can start with the ones marked with an asterisk, then add as you please. If you already have paints, use what you have, we can evaluate them together.  Part of my instruction is teaching you to discover the potential of your own palette. There are various brands that I recommend, like Winsor Newton, Holbein, DaVinci, Cheap Joe’s, Daniel Smith, just to name a few. You can mix brands. 

If you are a beginner, you’ll need two brushes to start. A 1 inch flat, and a #8 round.   

Don’t forget about a palette.  You should use one that can be closed or has a cover, but if you’re not sure, see what other people are using first, and ask them what they like and don’t like about theirs.  In the meantime, you can use an old plate, small cookie sheet, or something of the sort, and cover it with saran wrap in between uses.

You will also need a stiff board (larger than your paper) to attach your paper to with masking tape if you aren’t using a block.



Ultramarine Blue*

Cobalt Blue


Pthalo Blue*


Quinacridone Gold*

Cadmium Lemon*


New Gamboge

Nickel Azo Yellow


Quinacridone Red

Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet*

Quinacridone Burnt Orange

Rose Madder Genuine

Alizarin Crimson*


Burnt Sienna

Quinacridone Magenta

Opera (Holbein)


Yupo Workshop

You DO NOT need anything different from your regular watercolor supplies.  You will need two or three smooth stiff boards larger than 9x12.  They can be cardboard but NOT Corrugated. Bring masking tape, watercolor brushes, palette and paints, a water container, and paper towels.

Plein Aire

Remember you may have to carry all your things, so light weight or wheeled is more convenient. Comfortable shoes---you may be walking around a bit.  And remember---  All things carried in, must be carried out! Including water.

Folding chair or stool

recloseable water container

WATER-to paint with and to drink

paper towels or toilet paper

Full Palette




easel if you use one (with tray)

a small "snack" type table


Bug repellent

A sunhat or sunglasses

Light snack stuff or lunch

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