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Jim Kosvanec Watercolor Workshop - Materials List (USA)
Essential Workshop Colors:
Aureolin DS or WN
Quinacridone Gold DS or WN
Quinacridone Burnt Orange DS
Carmine DS or Alizarin Crimson WN
Phthalo (Winsor) Blue DS or WN
Ultramarine Blue DS,WN, G or H
Cobalt Blue DS,WN or H
Phthalo (Winsor) Green DS or WN
Hooker's Green DS or WN
Viridian DS or WN
Sap Green DS or W&N
Cadmium Yellow or Orange DS, WN or H
Organic Vermilion DS
Permanent (Quinacridone) Rose DS or WN
Optional Colors:
Cobalt Violet DS
Permanent Brown DS
Green Gold DS or WN
Ultramarine Violet DS
Manganese Blue H
Quinacridone Coral DS
New Gamboge DS or WN


DS = Daniel Smith WN = Winsor Newton H = Holbein G = Grumbacher. I've suggested certain brands for reasons that will be explained during the workshop.

Daniel Smith is offering my "Signature Palette" with the 20 recommended and optional colors (except Manganese Blue) plus, indisputably, the best two Kolinsky sable brushes you can buy, an Autograph series #8 round and a #14 (1/2") Kolinsky flat for under $247.00.

Phone numbers: Daniel Smith - 1-800-426-7923
Cheap Joe's-1-800-227-2788
--- Great guy, terrific service and prices.

* Two or three sheets of Winsor & Newton's 140 lb. cold press is preferred. Cut the paper into quarter or half sheets for traveling. Cheap Joe's sells W&N paper.
* A board to stretch the paper on. I recommend 1/4" to 5/16" Luan mahogany plywood (usually sold as "doorskins") no more than 1" larger than the size of paper you intend to stretch. An excellent alternative to plywood is lightweight "Gatorboard," which is foam core with a hard plastic surface. Cheap Joe's has 1/2" available in half and full sheet sizes. You'll also need an appropriate stapler.
* A sketch book with several drawing pencils, medium to very soft (5-B). Don't forget a notebook.
* An ordinary flat household sponge about the size of an index card and a small packet or box of tissues.
* Bring a small water pail and a small utility plastic spray bottle with an adjustable nozzle.
* A flat enamel butchers tray for paint mixing if you can find one. They're scarce.


* In the past, I hesitated to recommend brushes, but the frustration I've witnessed in students attending workshops with poor quality brushes has changed my mind. Kolinsky sable or red sable is irreplaceable for rounds and flats, and the quality from one manufacturer to another can be sharply different. I recommend rounds and flats made by Daniel Smith. Their #8 or #9 round "Autograph" series Kolinsky sable is superb. It's important to buy this series and not their standard Kolinsky. Their Kolinsky sable 3/4" (#16) or 1/2" (#14) flat is also highly recommended.

* I won't be providing resource material other than what might be available for a still life or what you might discover outside, so bring some personal photos or sketches just in case what's on hand doesn't creatively stimulate you. If you plan to paint the figure from a photo, use one taken in natural light without a flash! Also, bring along any additional supplies you like working with.