All the Watercolor & Gouache Supplies You’ll Ever Need (& More)!

All the Watercolor & Gouache Supplies You’ll Ever Need (& More)!

In this video, I’ll be covering all the
watercolor or gouache painting supplies you will ever need. So, of course, you want
to start with a pencil. This is a mechanical pencil. It’s 0.5 lead. You can
use any kind of lead pencil that you want or you can use a conventional
pencil in a wood casing. I like these because you don’t have to sharpen them,
and I have HB lead and F lead which is the best for drawing on watercolor paper
because it leaves a little bit less dust. HB is easier to draw with, F is a little
bit harder. I have an eraser. I also have an eraser that is not in a stick. So, this
is for fine small spots, this is for larger areas, this one is just a pencil
hi polymer eraser. This is a Factis extra soft eraser especially for
watercolor paper because it can erase the watercolor paper without damaging it.
I also have a kneaded eraser for teeny areas. You can shape this eraser and get a
teeny tiny area out, you can also lighten an entire drawing without actually
erasing the whole thing, which is very useful for watercolor and for gouache.
Here’s a black Factis eraser. It’s for working on darker paper or black paper,
and it erases cleaner, and this works especially if you’re painting gouache on
a toned paper or a black paper. I also have my pencil grip which again I can
put around my pencil and I’ve sliced down the side so I can put it on
different brushes for a more comfortable pencil grip. Here are my pencil lead
refills, and I also have an erasing shield. This erasing shield is very
useful to use to erase certain areas off of a drawing but also to lift up certain
areas off of a watercolor or gouache painting as well. I also have some exacto
knives, and this exacto knife is taller and leaner, this exacto knife is worn
over a finger for a different kind of grip, so you might want to have one of
each. And this is for scraping out highlights on dry or wet paint whether
you’re using gouache or watercolor. You can also have a teeny blade–this is a
teeny little blade that I got off of Amazon and this is great for travel. Also
for drawing into the paint or scraping off paint or laying down the paint in a
slightly thicker layer or applying masking fluid you’d want a palette knife. Now I have a Color Shaper and this color
shaper is just a silicone tip, hard edged thing, and it looks like
it’s a paint brush, but the end is actually just a hard silicone tip. This is
great for applying masking fluid and you can apply thicker gouache with this. Do
keep in mind if you apply gouache or watercolor too thick they will crack off
the page so this is best used for masking fluid. I also have a bone
folder, not just for folding paper and helping you tear paper for watercolor
and for gouache, but also to smooth down paper that you might have torn up as a
result of just poor handling or smoothing down paper that has been
roughed up as a result of repeated lifting, so this actually helps and it
works in place of a smoothing stone which you can also use. This is actually a
clear blender, and you can use it to add a sort of polish to the
top of certain drawings or paintings and you can also use it to act as a wax
resist if you are painting with watercolor, and so this is useful to have
of course. You can replace this with wax candles or a wax crayon,
but I like this because it’s clear and it doesn’t show up very easily, and you
can also sharpen it to a very fine point. If you are working with watercolor
pencils or wax crayons or drawing pencils that need sharpening you’ll of
course also need a pencil sharpener. Make sure you get a fine pencil sharpener.
This is actually a brush drying mechanism that comes for oil painting,
and it has a little metal cup that goes on the bottom of it and you
can hang your brushes there soaking in turpentine or thinner. Because I
don’t paint with oil, I only paint with watercolor or gouache, I don’t need to
soak my brushes, but this is a great way to dry your brushes. So what I do is
after I’m done painting with certain brushes I rinse them out and then I just
sort of press them into here. Even if you’ve worked with up to four or five
brushes you can use this, and once they’re stuck like this you just have to
lean them against something. It can just be a bookshelf or the wall. I’m leaning
it against the back of the desk here and it works just fine and if I leave those
that way overnight it’ll dry completely, and it’ll also be much better for the
brush than if I just decided to leave them flat. Because if you dry your
brushes hanging upside down or so the water runs backward, it ruins the glue
and splays the brush out. If you let it dry flat, it’s better than hanging
upside down but it does let some of the water still puddle in here. If you
actually dry them so they’re facing down like this, it’s best for them because the
water runs right down, it doesn’t get any chance to hurt the glue or the ferrule
or the wood or anything. I have a few different water cups that I use. I have a big and a small water cup, and a dropper for dropping clean water into my
pans and into my palette to revive dried out paint. I also have these two glasses
that I use, and you’ll notice that they’re not gigantic, and the reason that
I don’t use giant water glasses is I just prefer to refill them instead of
having a giant water thing taking up space on my desk, and also I don’t fill
these up more than halfway. When you wet your brush you don’t want the water, any
kind of water in a water tub, going past this part of the ferrule, the top part of
it. And it does help lengthen the life of my brushes, and so if you want to have a
large amount of water and get a bigger dish, fill it so it only has water that comes up halfway so that you don’t end up wetting past the ferrule top. Make sure
you have some clean water to add to paints, and also some rinsing water for
your brushes. Anything that’s labeled as a watercolor brush will work for
watercolor and also for gouache. So what I have here is my large flat wash brushes.
So these brushes are good for laying down large washes whether flat or graded
of watercolor or gouache. And these two are made out of goat hair, and they’re
very soft so that I don’t disturb previous layers. You want to make sure
you get brushes that are not too hard unless you’re going for a particular
effect as it’ll help keep the watercolor or gouache from lifting up. So these are
my two brushes that are Hake brushes made out of goat hair. Then I
have this nylon Cotman brush which is from Winsor & Newton and it’s a one inch
brush that helps lay down flat and very thin washes with clean edges because
it’s got that nice edge. I also have a small brush from Sterling Edwards and
this is made out of bristle and this is great for blending. It’s a blending
and glazing brush. You can glaze with this, but I actually just choose to blend
with this, and if you want to blend certain nature textures or certain
colors that won’t blend with the softer brushes you can use his
his brush do that and it gives you lovely effects especially for landscapes.
So those are my four largest brushes. This is the the next largest brush I
have which is smaller than my one inch brushes, so all of these are a 1 inch
or 1.5 inch and then this brush is a round or mop. This is a mop
brush and it’s in squirrel hair or squirrel and goat hair, and it’s great
for laying down smaller washes than with these large flat ones, but still larger
washes than I would like with the teeny ones. So these are my largest brushes,
then I’ve got what I’ve called my effects or rubbing and blending brushes and so I’ll talk about these. I’ve already talked about
making sure you have a palette knife and also a color shaper to lay down masking
fluid or certain line effects because you don’t want to use any kind of glue
or masking fluid on brushes, it does tend to ruin them ,so why not just put masking on
with a metal or silicone tip. I’ve got a tiny spotter here. This is for
stippling, it’s a size 000 zero. I’ve got these two brushes: one of them
has been cut very short. This was for lifting out mistakes, so it’s basically an
eraser brush, and you can see that it’s very very tiny and it used to be a flat
head and I’ve cut it down so it’s very very tiny. It’s very rough on the
paper so you only want to use it for fixing mistakes that won’t come out at
all. Then I’ve got this brush which is a DaVinci Nova size 2 and it’s also
for erasing and fixing edges and spills, and this is gentler on the paper than
this brush that has been cut down so you’ve got these two erasers. One is a
mild eraser of watercolor and gouache and one is a sharper eraser of
watercolor and gouache. The only other effects brushes that I have are a fan
brush for doing foliage and a deer foot brush for doing certain kinds of
textures that would damage my round brushes. Then I just have a
variation of synthetic and sable and sable-synthetic blend
watercolor brushes in different sizes of round, angle, and flat. So here’s a few
round, and here are two angles, and these are all synthetic. If you do want to
layer more carefully than you want to get out your sable brushes, so here are
my sable rounds and I’ve got a 6 da Vinci a 3 da Vinci
I’ve got a 4 in silver black velvet and I think this is not sable. I think
it’s squirrel-synthethic mix, but it’s not pure synthetic. I’ve got a 00
kolinsky round, so another sable brush. I’ve got watercolor brushes of two
different sorts primarily the synthetic and the sable. The sable are gentler
on the paper and give better layers and the synthetic are still soft because
they’re for watercolor, they’re not like boar bristle or for oil painting,
but they are a little bit tougher on the paper. When you are
blending out an edge or when you are doing something rougher to the paper, use
your synthetic brushes and when you’re doing something soft or layering, then
use your sable brushes, and then all of them will last a long time. I have a few
travel brushes I’ve got a 1 and a 4 these are around DaVinci they’re both
synthetic and I’ve got a few more round brushes here, also sable, so they’re not
any different from what I’ve already been showing you. Here’s two more
spotters that are newer than the other spotter which is a little bit worse for
wear so I can replace it. This was a 20/0 size so you
can use this for really, really tiny spotting, stippling and lining areas. So
apart from the round and the flat and the angle head, I also have a few dagger
brushes. And these dagger brushes actually come at a sharp angle and down
to a point and so you can use them in place of using a round brush or an
angled brush because it does the work of both. Silver black velvet so it’s not pure
synthetic it’s squirrel hair + nylon and this one is a synthetic one, and it’s
for smaller pieces. It’s a quarter inch dagger brush. Don’t forget that you’ll
need a rag or washcloth to soak up water from your brushes, and also to meter the
water in your brush when you’re painting. All right before I move on to the paints
and the paper I want to show you the few different rulers that I have. A
see-through ruler, I’ve also got an architect’s ruler, a compass. This is an
edge tearer, and I have one in plastic and one in metal–a paper deckler is what they
call them, and you can deckle your edges! Also, if you’re doing serious painting &
illustration, it’s good to have a large triangle like this because you can make
a long straight line in this direction you can make a long straight line
angular in this direction, and there’s an edge on the bottom that helps you line it
up to the bottom of your drawing board or your
paper. I’ve actually glued with superglue a ruler onto the bottom of this
triangle completely parallel and it gives me a little bit of a raised edge
here and so what it does is it turns it into a little t-square
basically. Okay, so to show you an example, say I’m working on this painting and
it’s mounted on a block. I can take this triangle and it’ll sit and get stuck
over the edge of this block; see how it’s stuck here like this, and so it’ll allow
me to get completely straight lines any time I want to do that. I also have my
proportional divider. So the best kind of paper that you can buy for watercolor
or gouache is Arches watercolor paper and I’ve got assorted size blocks and
here’s just a small block that I have. A block is glued down on like
3.75 sides so that your paper doesn’t warp while you’re painting.
And it works great for watercolor or for gouache. It’s thick enough for me that I don’t need to purchase illustration board, which is a bulkier
and also just more inconvenient and expensive, but I think arches is perfect
for watercolor or for gouache painting. And I don’t really bend my paintings
very much. If you bend your painting a lot, if it’s gouache they’ll crack a
little bit. If you are going to do that then maybe you should get
illustration board otherwise there’s no reason for you to get illustration board.
You can just get arches watercolor paper. Of course you can get Fabriano. I’ve got
some Fabriano watercolor cards here. It is not as good as Arches but it’s a
really decent paper, and some people like it better than Arches so it’s another
good option. You can also have a Moleskine journal. You can have loose Arches
watercolor paper, and you can have other watercolor journals like the Handbook
journal company. Strathmore mixed-media also works for watercolor and for
gouache though it is thinner. This is a good travel option, or if you’re
painting at home. If you’re doing something more professional, don’t do anything but
Arches or real illustration board because it’s going to warp. You can also
buy Bristol which is what I have here. It’s a little bit thicker paper and it’s
with a vellum finish and I don’t think it takes washes of watercolor or gouache
as well as arches watercolor paper, so I would not recommend getting Bristol
board personally unless you’re doing pen and ink work. I would not get rough
watercolor paper, I would get cold press or hot press if you’re doing gouache or
watercolor because it gives you better detail and better control. If you want to do something that’s really loose, then by all means get rough
watercolor paper. So another option for gouache painting is Canson pastel paper
you can get it in black or in other colors and you can also get Strathmore
artagain drawing paper in black. And this is great for if you want to draw from
dark to light. And you can only use this paper if you’re using very little water
because this is drawing paper, and it’s meant for
pastels or is meant for dry media like color pencils, so if you use a lot of
water it will buckle on you. A final paper I want to talk about for a
watercolour painting or gouache painting is BKF Rives and it’s a printing paper
or silk-screening paper, and it’s made by Arches as well but you can buy it giant
and loose like this and cream color or or white or in other colors and it is
really great for ink in particular but also for watercolor and gouache as long
as you stay watery and loose. So this is the thinnest of my papers, if you are
going to do something really thick especially with gouache then don’t use
this paper but it’s a final option for beautiful watercolor and gouache
painting. You also need some palettes for your paint, and I use porcelain palettes
because they don’t stain and they work great for watercolor, gouache, or pen and
ink painting. If they’re high-quality paints that come in
pans then you can revive them. If you let your ink dry, then you cannot use your
ink again, but if you let your watercolor or gouache dry you can use it again.
Here’s another circular palette that I have. So this is also porcelain and I
also have a plexiglass palette which I’ve shown before, so all of these are
equally good to use for watercolor gouache or pen and ink. You’ll want
sponges for effects, and also a chamois. And you can push and pull paint and create
effects on your paper with watercolor and gouache using sponges. So the natural
sponges will give you cool textures that look very random and organic, and you
can pull off little pieces to make that work. And for the synthetic ones you can
cut them into wedges and use them to paint larger sections with the painting,
and use them even in place of a brush. My favorite paints for watercolor and for
gouache painting are Schmincke. I also have some Winsor & Newton paints in a few
small pans, but the majority of paints that I own
are schmincke paints, because they are the best quality, and I can use them over and
over again and they last for years. They use the same formula in their pan as
they do in their tubes and they’re the only company to do so. So, for me they’re
the only paint that I want to work with. I talked about how some
colors are opaque and how some colors are transparent, so a quality gouache paint
is not going to have a lot of white in it. It’s actually just going to sell you
opaque pigment, so I’ve got a chart of all of my paints here that are Schmincke paints and I’ve shown this before and the little squares here that I have
colored show me which ones are transparent and which ones are opaque.
When I’m doing gouache painting I will only choose an opaque yellow, so for
example, the vanadium yellow has a really dark black square here. It’s
all the way colored in, which means that this is an opaque yellow. I’m going to
use this for gouache painting. And, if I’m doing watercolor painting then I’m going
to use with my transparent yellows like pure yellow or new gamboge. So vanadium
yellow will make for a more intense gouache painting, but I can use any of
these colors even if they are transparent if I just add 15% white. So
if you don’t have any watercolor paints and you only want to paint gouache then
the best companies are Schmincke, Sennelier, or Daniel Smith and those will
give you the best watercolor paints and the best gouache paint. So you can buy
both kinds of paints or you can buy just watercolor and make your watercolors
into gouache by adding white or just using your opaque colors. These are
albrecht durer faber castell watercolor pencils and these are good for adding finishing
touches on a watercolor or gouache painting so you can use them for that. If
you’re going to use them just by themselves for a large painting they’re
going to be pretty inconvenient because they’re really tiny so they’re only good
for touches or for teeny tiny paintings on the go. So, have a bottle of masking
fluid and a bottle of gum arabic for masking parts of a paper or saving a
white or a part of the paper in a particular color and gum arabic is for
increasing luminosity and transparency of watercolor and also if you use it really
thick you can even do some kind of a resist with it. I also have a pan of ox gall. You can also buy this in a bottle but I just have a pan because
it’s more convenient to travel with. Now this is kind of disgusting because
it’s basically from the gallbladder of an ox, so it’s basically bile from an ox,
but what it does is that it’s a dispersant so especially for gouache if
you use six drops of this or a swipe of off the top of this into your mixing
water, and you use that for your entire painting it helps the gouache spread
better without streaking. So, if you don’t want to buy a gouache set or if you’re
looking for a cheaper alternative for traveling or at home, then you can also
buy the Cretacolor aqua sticks or the Neocolor 2 crayons and then just
use them as you would gouache. They come with the white so you can add more white
to them. You can buy a separate tube of white if you want more white because you
will use a lot of it. These work as watercolor, of course, because you can
thin them down but because they’re actually thicker and milkier and waxy,
they actually look like gouache paint. And you can use them very easily as
gouache so if you want to do that you can do that, too. I also have a full set
of dr. Phil Martin’s India inks. You have the option of buying gouache paint
separately but can also mix at a 15% white ratio into any color and
get a kind of gouache paint. if you’re using it with ink then you’ll get a less
perfect effect, but again if you have some ink on hand and just have some
white tubes, you can use this too and also create a gouache style painting. Hope this was useful!


  • Edgar Bowlin says:

    You forgot M. Graham, the best honey based watercolor and gouache in the world. They don't come in pans, but you can fill pans and they stay just firm enough not to run or leak, but soft enough to immediately come to life with the slightest amount of water.

  • Underground Skeptic says:

    It's a painting knife, not a palette knife. But thanks for the video.

  • Lisa Smith says:

    Hi, nice video, can I ask what kind of tin was that that you had for your paints, and pencils, or looked like it has multiple trays,

  • Greg Edmonds says:

    Brilliant advice, some of which I was not familiar with. Many thanks.

  • Matt Val says:

    Wow This video is packed with info and pro tips. Thanks Hajra.

  • Kpoplover says:

    wow that was so helpful – Thanks!

  • Fred Wasnidge says:

    I think you, yourself are a gift to watercolourists. Thank you SO much for producing such succint, informative vis. In this particular vid, for example, I cannot imagine that it could have been produced better in ANY way. Your heart shows through and I hope you realize that there may be MANY people who watch your work and benefit by it that may be too shy to comment. Rest assured that your work surely does NOT go un-noticed and it just STINKS of open love and sharing.

  • infernal snow art says:

    thank you !! i just purchased the schmincke palette and i am starting inchallah !! really so much thanks <3

  • Hannah Fawne says:

    I've never painted anything in my life, but I still watched this entire video! It's fascinating to see all the kinds of tools that go into your art 🙂

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  • minh anh phung says:

    I feel so very overwhelming right now.. You are like the only thing I need to see in an art teacher! I have always loved art and I feel like it's the only thing I was good at my whole life and so I was proud of my skill. But that changed when I sign up for art classes in highschool. All I did during the those time was researching and writing for a final exam about something I had absolutely no interest in. I felt lacking of guidance but I was too afraid to talk to my art teacher because they would jump to the conclusion that I show no efforts in researching. I thought that I could be inspired to do art, to gain knowledge, to explore the things I have never knew before… I was barely 14-15 at the time, I didn't know anything but I was sure that I love art. But after all of that, I didn't feel even the slightest enthusiasm for art anymore. So I just scraped through the year with a D (which is kinda acceptable though not desired). But watching you generously giving out information and do amazing pieces of art inspire me. I hope I can find my passion once again through you! Thank you very much and I wish you luck with your channel and life :)!!!

  • Jan Kafka says:

    You have beautiful, very expressive hands.

  • Darlene Young says:

    Thank you very much.

  • Maya Rain says:

    Where do you get the Schmincke paint pans? I can't seem to find them anywhere, only the tubes.

  • Shelly Parchman says:

    I never thought of applying masking fluid with a color shaper! Thank you.

  • Tommy Ohlrich says:

    You ever come up with something absolutely brilliant like using an exacto blade to cut highlights or use rubber cement as masking fluid, only to find that some jerk thought of it like a hundred years ago?

  • she7 says:

    Wow I learned something from you…I always tend my brushes after washing leaning them upwards…that's make them porous

  • she7 says:

    you are so productive! 😀

  • Sylvia says:

    Can my tubes of gouache be squeezed into little pans and be stored in a watercolor-type box for long term storage like watercolors? Or do they dry up like acrylics and must be used right away?

  • heisshel says:

    Holy shit.. i started taking drawing seriously 3 years ago and i didn't even know about that u should use different erasers for different paper. So damn helpful.

  • Wagner Cecato Mavigno says:

    What are those metal box you use for watercolor pans and pencils?

  • Sharron Harper says:

    Very knowledgeable and very helpful. The speed of the dialog stresses me out a little but that is my problem. Thank you for sharing this information.

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  • Joshua Elento says:

    thanks for making this video

  • Yvonne Sun says:

    I love that you talk really fast! Saves time for everyone!

  • Crucibelle says:

    Hajra, I want to be sure I understood your correctly – do you use the same paints for both gouache and watercolor? That would be cool, if that is so. I'm wanting to do both, but I'd rather not have to buy a watercolor AND gouache set. But I will, if necessary.

  • Crucibelle says:

    Oh, I have one more question — I hope I'm not being too annoying! You mentioned mixing white into watercolor to make it opaque. If you do that though, doesn't that make the watercolor lighter and less vibrant? As in, would it change a bright yellow into a pastel shade? Thanks so much for any assistance you can provide! You are very talented and so kind to share your talents with us all! 🙂

  • Cecilia Löfgren says:

    I would like to know where you buy your multi layers boxes, the ones you keep your pans in? They look very practical! Greetings from Sweden

  • Susanna Barnett says:

    very informative, thank you!

  • Peter Rose says:

    Hi my name is Peter Rose and i have just stated doing watercolor and i am on a Disability Pension i live in Australia 1 was given a couple of sets of watercolor paints in chub and would love to have a watercolor palet tray and a travel palet so i was wondering if you no anyone who has a spear set to give me as i can't afford to buy them myself kind regards Peter Rose 🌹

  • Lydia Hidalgo says:

    Very informative, thank you

  • Landon Horstman says:

    thanks for the science lesson hajra. 🐂 bile…. bleugjeugh

  • Meera Krishnamurthy says:

    I was so confused about papers. This helps. Thanks <3

  • Zak Hoskins says:

    Any thoughts on Old Holland?

  • Blissfulthings says:

    fabulous video you sure put some great information in it….. I am a watercolour artist I love the medium
    I've subscribed 🙂

  • Saddan Juhari says:

    you sound like rooney mara

  • K A R M A says:

    Is there a non animal humane product to replace the ox gall?

  • Katie Steimle says:

    What kind of tins are those?

  • Hannrkelley K says:

    You're brilliant! I may have commented on this a while ago but I'm back and more inspired than ever thanks!
    Quick question, I'm not sure if this is what you did, but could I pour schmincke gouache into empty pans? Is that what you've done here? I think I'll love the medium especially together with their watercolours but I feel like I wouldn't want to squeeze out the tube each time, would you suggest to just not be lazy? 😛

  • Mike Wadley says:

    This is one of the best instructional videos I've ever watched!!! Thanks!

  • Guillermo J. Park says:

    Hi! Thank you for the info! Would you recommend the pelikan cheap cake set for beginners?

  • Derryn Raymond says:

    Hey. Awesome channel! Just been through a few of your vids. Loads of info. Thanks for the vid. And thanks for all the watercolour info. I've been searching for a good channel for a while, but everyone I find is more or less the same. You so thorough but not boring.You also seem to know a lot. Hope you make more. Do you have an instagram or Twitter I can follow?

  • Connie Krueger says:

    Thank you for your informative videos. Your Silver Black Velvet brushes are a blend of squirrel hair and black synthetic filaments. Squirrel hair holds large amounts of color and releases it perfectly. I love them.

  • agedjake says:

    Very comprehensive. I learnt a lot. Thank you.

  • 佐藤睦 says:

    Got a very got tip from your video. I already have significant numbers of watercolour tubes and was about start painting by Guache. Thought it is so daunting to buy the whole set of new tubes again. But here we are, you suggest adding opaque white to watercolour paints! Fabulous! Cannot wait trying your method. Thank you!

  • s a m r e e n says:

    This video was SO helpful. Thank you so much.

  • vanity padilla says:

    Where did you get your tin pencil cases from? They look great

  • ursonate says:

    it's okay to pause between sentences.

  • Eugene Rizzo says:

    I find M. Graham as good or even better than the three paint manufacturers you mention.

  • Sadin15 says:

    I have tried Royal Talents extra fine Gouache. they are pretty amazing as well

  • Peter Hanoomansingh says:

    wow! this is huge! Thanks for sharing so much info and your experience with us

  • PositivelyNice says:

    where did you get your round ceramic palette? Is a known name that I could find on Amazon or online shop? Thank you.

  • she7 says:

    hello hajra…have you tried using colleen poster gouache? can you make a review on student grade gouaches?

  • L C Kiser says:

    Great video! I've fallen in love with Gouache- it's SO underrated. Thanks for the information!

  • Ceme612 says:

    You've obviously been painting for a while and have acquired your supplies over time, but for an absolute newbie, what do you recommend? Top for travel in brushes, palette, sketchbook items to start. My husband got me a Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 color palette and some Stillman & Birn (Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, and Beta – 2 are 270 gsm, 2 150 gsm) sketchbooks for xmas, and Reeves gouache tube set 18, now I'm looking for brushes really. I will definitely want to develope and try other brands of watercolor and gouache paints. Recommendations please.

  • Spider Man says:

    Try using an 8 b pencil, thank me later

    (Jk, you will cry)

  • Marina Kater says:

    Hi from Brazil, Hajra!
    Thank you for this very helpful video. I've been painting with watercolor for some time now, but as I'm just beginning to take an interest in gouache I was wondering if it's ok to put a small amount of tube gouache paints into plastic covered palettes, like I do with watercolors. Will it ruin the paints in time or is it an ok way to have some paints ready for daily use?
    Thanks again!

  • Laura McAllister says:

    Thank you so very much for such a professional, well done, and informative video! I have been trying to decide on a brand of gouache to buy, and besides Daniel Smith watercolours, already have some of the other products you mentioned in your video, and I think I have a lonely tube of white gouache, as well. I am especially excited to find another use for my Bombay inks and Neocolor II's, both of which I already enjoy working with immensely; I didn't know that gouache could be made from them. I do believe you just saved me quite a bit of money, to boot! Thank you so much! I learned so much from your entire video, and I will save it in my favourites for future reference. I am a fairly new subscriber, and I'm very glad I "found" you. Thanks again!

  • Ren Tanaka says:

    did u make ur own watercolor pans ?

  • Hanna G says:

    I can't buy anything when I'm at the arts and crafts store! I just get lost among all the supplies and come out like I've been through a different time continuum. I can't wait to do art with all these videos on YouTube!

  • Lauren Rodriguez says:

    Such an informative and concise video! I love that you touch on all the essentials and describe ways to stretch your supplies, especially with gouache paints, which I had no idea about! Thank you!!

    I have a question though: where would I be able to find those tins you store your half and full pans of watercolors? I have been searching for a more compact system to store my paints but all I have been able to find online that would fit the amount of paints I have (Collecting beautiful paints has become an addiction, lol) are those big black tins most major manufacturers use and I find them quite bulky. Those tins you have look perfect though!!! Pleeeease let me know where I could find them. Thank you again!!

  • povelitel3d says:

    mind blowing content ) thanks a lot!

  • SergioU says:

    Great "words per minute" average! Almost without stopping to breathe! lol

  • Le Ralle says:

    Why can't you be my art teacher?

  • Jason Hawkins says:

    ive watched a couple of your videos and they would be better with a bit of better lighting.

  • Jo Anne Owens says:

    Fantastic! Thank you for sharing.

  • lalaithan says:

    You save my life by mentioning that you can add white gouache to your watercolors. I just switched and I don't want to buy a whole new set of gouache, nor do I want to get rid of my transparent colors. I was also wondering how in the world do I make gouache portable in the least anxiety-producing way.

  • Colleen Baker says:

    where did you get the tin that you have your Water colour pencils in?

  • Debbie Lee says:

    I know this video is old but I just wanted to thank you so much for making this……it was super helpful!!❤️

  • John Fry says:

    Thanks Hajra, for another excellent, informative video!

  • Lee Stephenson says:

    brilliant video

  • Meow Meow Kapow says:

    Woah….I love that little scraper/blade you have that has like….some kinda weird finger ring hole! That’s super neat!

    Your video is super well-thought out and I appreciate the work and thought you put into it! Especially since you took the time to consider that someone would likely be coming to this video without a ton of idea of where to start, so you went the extra mile in explaining certain things, like why you’d want to dry your brushes upside down. I try to do that in my own videos but fail a lot of times so I feel like I just learned something from you, though not necessarily what you went out to teach. Thanks. ❤️

  • Madison C says:

    Amazing video! I don’t know if you covered this and I missed it so I apologize in advance but where did you get your cases for your watercolor and gouache? It also looks like you have a larger one for your pencils

  • Kimbearlys Original says:

    Great video. New subscriber. That thing to hold the brushers (metal) where did you get that? I love it! Again, great videos. Will be watching them all. Thumbs up.

  • Sharon Cullen Art says:

    I accidently hit this button on my side bar and ended up here. There are many papers on the market that are as good or better than arches. And Fabriano studio paper is a studenbt level paper. Fabriano Artistico would be better than the Studio paper. But Arches or any other artist quality 100% cotton rag paper beccomes a personal thing. There are papers like Saunders Waterford Legion that in my opinion is much better than arches. Arches is bvery dry absorbant paper.There are different types and amounts of sizing going into these papers. There is Stonehenge, and Hahnemule paper which was not on the market when you made this video bbut also an excellent choice. There is Kilamanjaro paper which is excellent as well. The Strathmore brand you are showing here is a 400 series student level wood pulp or celllulose paper as well. Artist quality Strathmore paper which I personally have never tried would be either Imperial, Gemeni, and Aquarius II papers. There are many others watercolor paper companies out there making a superior quality paper to Arches. In fact many artists are getting away from Arches because of the superior quality of other brands.

    Another issue with paper is the sizing. Most people who use arches will tell you that it is like painting on bblotting paper. It seems to suck up pigmenet. In fact you will go through pigment quicker using Arches brand. The company also uses Gelatin sizing which is what might give off a strange odor while painting. It is animal based. Many companies have gotten away from Gelatin and gone to synthetic sizing. Different sizing will allow some papers to keep the pigments on top of the paper and allow for more movement than another paper. Some of this is just preference. I personally have steered away from Arcches because things tend to dry up too quickly on the paper which can be frustrating to a beginner artist. Saunders Waterford much tbhought of as “the bbest” paper out there, doesn’t do this.

    I could go on and on about paper, but I wanted to put this comment out becauseI felt that your instruction on it just wasn’t accurate and didn’t give any information as to why you said Arches was “”the best” out here. Any 100% cotton rag paper is going to be an excellent surface to work on bbut aside from sizing there is also the level of smoothness or roughness on a cold press paper. And some rough papers on certain brands can be smoother than an arches cold press which tends to be very rough and dry. Maybe you have learned more about paper since the making of this video but hopefully someone will read this and learn that there are other options available to them.

    Strathmore also does offer a higher weight 280# colored paper in colors which is great for gouache. ANd yes you can reconstitute gouache. I use artist level gouache and have no issues with reconstituting the paint in wells. As far as white in paints, student level gouaches will add chalk not white. This is not good.

    Also Daniel Smith does not make a gouache paint, so I am not sure wherre you got this info from. There are others that are excellent. M. Graham is excellent and also Holbein is pretty good. There is also Caran d’Ache gouache but they are not as lighfast. There were many inaccuracies in your video with this as well.

  • BBLESD says:

    Just discovered your great tutorials over at Steve Mitchell’s when you were talking with Marty and him. May I ask where you got the metal palette cases? I have been looking for something like them. Thanks for making such an excellent channel.

  • Helen D says:

    Can you tell me where you bought the tin cans for the pans and pencils?

  • Belinda Vega says:

    This is VERY helpful, many thanks! What are your thoughts about panning Windsor Newton Designer Gouache?

    I have some that I've been wanting to get more familiar with, but without it being panned (i.e. just mixing up with water with my whole set up) it isn't really feasible for me to use regularly. I worry about cracking, and I've heard a variety of things that can be done to prevent that. These three options seemed the most discussed, but I can't really find more specs on these points. Maybe you can shed some light on them for me:

    * Add Ox Gall, honey, or glycerine to your pan of wet paint to prevent cracking, but it seems that each option serves its own special need.

    * Just mix in a tad (1-2 drops) of glycerine to your pan with the paint and you don't risk the cracking so bad.

    * Just pan that sans glycerine and lay it into the pan in a couple of layers. Let it dry overnight and that alone should be enough.

    Any thoughts would be much appreciated.

  • Iryna Boehland says:

    Hi Hajra, thank you for this video! Love the quality, the clarity, and the speed of your video and speech. I usually increase speed when watch others. But your's was just perfect. I just ordered the brush holder/drier – thank you for the tip. I was wondering if you would share the link to a blender wax pencil? I couldn't find it.

  • marsbeads says:

    m. graham paints are very nice too.

  • Cuisle Mise says:

    Absolutely brilliant. Many thanks ❤❤❤❤

  • Brigette 5280 says:

    I hate to ask, but how do they get the goat hair? I will be watching this video again, I am very new at this stuff and trying to learn as much as possible. Your channel is the most helpful that I’ve seen.. thank you so much 😊

  • Joyce Thomas says:

    I definitely enjoyed this video as it was very informative. Thank you for sharing.

  • Joshua McLaughlin says:

    Love your instruction and art. Fix your lighting–it's drab.

  • SamVS67 says:

    Congratulations forma tour vídeo, please explain more slowly..thanks from Lima Perú…

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  • stanky6261973 says:

    Very informative. Thank you for sharing. New subbie here!

  • janette aguirre-terry says:

    I just found you. Wow!! You are very knowledgeable and I’m so thankful for your videos. Thank you for sharing.
    God bless

  • Kerry Rigby says:

    I totally agree with the comments below. To see what and how you use your tools. Love the utensil tray for your brushes and all your other ideas! I look forward to watching more of you.

  • Lissie Lamb says:

    Hmm Daniel Smith makes gouache?

  • Mystery McCarthy says:

    Wow, thank you, this video was very helpful. Subscribed.

  • Kevin Leong says:

    What is the URL for the products that you used? I notice that when I go to the My whimsical website, with convenient links to all my stuff:
    I only see Youtube, instagram, patreon, an alphabet journey, Hajra Meeks, Skillshare, My red bubble shop, and interactive works!. I don't see where the links to the "stuff" mentioned here are.

  • Kathie Fleming says:

    These materials are very expansive; overwhelming for this beginner. Great explanations for each tool though. I will check back when I have more experience.

  • Lara Boon says:

    Could someone possibly point me in the direction of the palettes she uses? The ones that she stores her paints in, the tins. They look really awesome!

  • Kathleen Othon says:

    I will watch all of your videos, thank you!

  • mjpete27 says:

    I have quite a few more art supplies but then again you are doing Only what is necessary right? Oh and I am a supply hog I buy paper when I see it on sale and pencils even before they wear down or out! I also did not need to buy new watercolor paints but I saw the DaVinci paints that Denise from In Liquid color used and just had to buy her new palette and of course I had to get more of my favorite colors from them and I am sold on them for the foreseeable future! Yes I like them better than even Dan Smith or the Schmincke brands. I have touted Mijello's mission gold for a while now but I can not believe I had never heard of the California based company DaVinci! I recommend them now every time I am asked about watercolor paints! Wonderful paints great prices too!

  • Lydia Webber says:

    Great video, thank you! You’re explaining everything so well ❤️ especially the part about the brushes. Considering the price of real hair brushes, it’s important to take care of them properly.

  • Ragini Ghag says:

    I need to sleep but I can't stop watching your videos 🙂 cause I new to your channel , I watched 3 videos continuously and all are very helpful and informative and don't know how come people dislike them , English is not my first language but I like the way you speak , clearly not too fast or too slow just perfect and your accent is good too I understand everything thanks , liking your videos , ok there's a question if you see my comment and reply please do answer , I have heard that we should not use white in watercolor , as I like light pink shades and light blue shades or some pastel colours how do I get various light pink shades without using white, cause just by thining the paint with water I don't get satisfactory pink shades cause mostly artist grade watercolor are dark colour. I may be wrong somewhere .

  • RASA Easels says:

    Love your notes that pop up, first time I’ve seen a tutorial do this and it’s super helpful!

  • Paul Murphy says:

    In my business, paints (substances) that turn liquid again when introduced to the solvent are said to “rewet.” Other substances (you know my business is wood finishing) can not be rewet. I sometimes wonder about the materials you use, and which category (or classification) I’d assign each particular one. Those that will rewet sound like Evaporatives. Those that do not rewet are probably Reactives, or more likely Coalescing. If this topic interest you at all, Bob Flexner’s book gives the best explanation of the three classes. FWIW, I’ve not read Flexner’s book. I got lucky. I had a vendor I used to buy from; a friendly, talkative man. He was an industrial chemist and he manufactured the coating materials I bought from his company. I learned from him. Thanks for another informative video! 🙂

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