Watercolour beginners: five watercolour supplies you need to get started!

When you’re just getting started with watercolour, it can be hard to know what watercolour supplies you even NEED!


Here is a general list of the things I use when painting, I will go into more detail about brands/quality of brushes, paper and paint in my free guide (linked below!).





5 things you need to get started:

  • Two jars, one for clean water and one for dirty water, or you can use one or warm colours and one for cool - regardless, ya need two jars!

  • Paper towel or reusable cloth - white so you can test colours

  • Watercolour paper

  • Watercolour paints

  • Watercolour brushes


Other random watercolour tips for beginners:

  • Don’t leave your watercolour brushes in the water, store them laying down or when you’re finished painting and they’re not sopping wet, stand them up in a jar

  • Don’t drink the paint water and don’t dip your brush in the cup of tea

  • Watercolour can stain clothing and furniture so be careful!!!

  • To get started, make sure you have plenty of space and all the above materials in front of you, there’s nothing worse than sitting down to paint and realising you don’t have everything you need in front of you!



If you’re new to watercolour painting, check out my free watercolour supplies guide below where I go into heaps of detail! PLUS you’ll receive weekly tips, tricks and inspiration (nothing spammy I promise!).





I acknowledge and pay respect to the lutruwita (Tasmania) community as the traditional and original owners and continuing custodians of this land on which I live, work create and paint.

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