Botanical Drawing and Watercolor Supply List

Here is the supply list for the upcoming Botanical Drawing Workshop.

For a guide on where to buy art supplies in Berlin, go HERE.
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- Paper: Hot Press Watercolor Paper (also called smooth, Glatt, Glad) 
300 gA4.
- Botanical Illustrators have traditionally used Hot Press Watercolor Paper for their work because its smooth surface is conducive to fine detail. 
- Watercolor paper can be purchased as a block (edges glued together so paper doesn't buckle) or as individual sheets. If you choose to work on loose sheets, you will need a board to tape your paper to.
Hot Press "Glad/glatt" Watercolor Block, 300g
purchased at Boesner - cost 7 Euro
- Brushes: 
These are the minimum required brushes. Look for the brushes marked for watercolor with the short handle. Real or synthetic sable are both good.
- one #1-2 round brush for fine detail
- one #6-8 round brush
- Watercolors: I recommend buying dry cakes of watercolors in a box (Aquarell Malkasten).
The fewest colors you can get by with would be these 6 colors below, the three primaries in warm and cool versions. If you have a watercolor set, bring that along and we can see if some colors can be substituted. Different brands also have different names for the same colors sometimes. 
PRIMARIESCOOL COLORSWARM COLORS
BLUECerulean Blue (or Pthalo Blue)French Ultramarine Blue
REDAlizarin CrimsonCadmium Red
YELLOWLemon Yellow (Cadmium Yellow Pale)Cadmium Yellow


Additional Optional Colors:
Malkasten

Payne's Grey, Burnt Sienna, Violet, Greenish Yellow (Green Gold), Sap Green, Viridian Green, Yellow Ochre, Neutral Tint, your choice!
- White Gouache (opaque watercolor) 

- Other: 

  • Pencils: HB, 2B and white eraser
  • Notebook for taking notes
  • Water cup 
- Optional:

  • masking fluid
  • masking tape  
  • additional palette for mixing colors  
  • pigment Liner 0.1 (artist archival ink pen)

If you have any questions, let me know!

Check out our GUIDE TO BUYING ART SUPPLIES IN BERLIN


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