Suzi’s Favorite Supply List

My favorite supplies change periodically, when I discover new things.


  • Arches 140 lb. or higher, cold press watercolor paper.
  • Aquarelle Aquarius II 90lb.

Watercolor Brushes:

  • 1/2, 1 and 2 inch Flat
  • Assorted Rounds, small size 1 to larger size 16
  • Assorted Wash brushes
  • Fan
  • Rigger or Liner (any size, 1 – 6)
    • Mop – holds a lot of water.
    • Extra large rounds (larger than 12)
  • Note: For working details, I like the mixed hair/synthetic brushes, that have a bit of a snap to them, and ones that come to a nice point or edge if a flat brush. DaVinci makes some pretty good brushes for not too expensive.  But my favorite brushes for the price are the Jack Richeson 9000 Series, size 000 through 8.
  • For wet work, I use assorted mop brushes, lots of sizes.  My favorite mops so far are the Princeton Neptune’s.
  • For cleaning up edges, I like to use the 1/8 to 1/2 inch flat brushes made by da Vinci Top Acryl 7185K.
  • I am now trying out the Escoda Reserva brushes.  They are more expensive, and since I asked for them for my birthday, and my husband said go for it, I did.  I’ve been using them because now I feel obligated since I asked for them, right?  I’m still not sure if they are for me only because they don’t come to a nice point when I lift them from the paper.  They do hold a lot of water and a lot of paint, which I love.

Paints:   Artist quality tube paints. I buy my paints from our new local art store Art On The Columbia.

At an absolute minimum, you will need the primary colors, red, blue and yellow.  Preferably a warm and Cool Version of each.

Holbien colors Warm and Cool are:

  • Yellows – Aurolean – Cool and Gamboge Nova – Warm
  • Reds – Quinacridone Red – Cool and Scarlet Lake – Warm
  • Blues –  Ultramarine – Cool and Phthalo Blue YS or Peacock Blue – Warm

Daniel Smith colors Warm and Cool are:

  • Yellows – Hansa Yellow Light – Cool and New Gamboge – Warm
  • Reds – Quinacridone Rose – Cool and Pyrrol Scarlet  – Warm
  • Blues – French Ultramarine – Cool and Phthalo Blue (Green Shade) – Warm

Every Artist has their favorites, here are some of mine.

  • Aureolin – Holbein
  • Gamboge Nova – Holbein
  • Quinacridone Gold – Holbein
  • Permanent Yellow Orange – Holbein
  • Brilliant Orange – Holbein
  • Quinacridone Coral- Daniel Smith
  • Perylene Maroon – Daniel Smith
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson – Daniel Smith
  • Quinacridone Rose (aka Permanent Rose) – Daniel Smith
  • Bright Rose- Holbein
  • Quinacridone Magenta – Holbein
  • Quinacridone Violet – Daniel Smith
  • Permanent Violet – Holbein
  • Indigo – Daniel Smith
  • Prussion – Winsor and Newton
  • Manganese Blue Nova – Holbein
  • French Ultramarine Blue – Holbein
  • Peacock Blue- Holbein
  • Marine Blue – Holbein
  • Phthalo Turquoise – Daniel Smith
  • Hookers – Holbein
  • Sap Green – Holbein
  • Deep Sap Green – Daniel Smith
  • Rich Green Gold – Daniel Smith
  • Payne’s Grey
  • Quinacridone Burnt Orange- Daniel Smith
  • Opera – No preference
  • Shadow Violet- Daniel Smith
  • Cobalt Turquoise Light – Holbein
  • Cobalt Teal Blue- Daniel Smith
  • Shadow Green – Holbein
  • Other Supplies
  • Thinner Plexiglass or other boards to hold paper (16” x 24” or larger)
  • Spray misters (Fine and Medium and Heavy)
  • Water containers (3) one for clean water, one for working water, and one for dirty water
  • Palette – I like the Quiller Round Palettes, and for travel I like the Mijello Airtight Pallettes.
  • Pencils
  • Artist gum kneaded eraser
  • Paper towels – Prefer Bounty, also Viva if I need to blot the art.
  • Blow dryer
  • Watercolor pencils
  • Masking Tape
  • Liquid Masking Fluid (Fresh Bottle)
  • Exacto knife
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • Paint Towels
  • Small Palette Knife
  • Paint Towels
  • Toothbrush