Tips For Beginners

I'm going to use this page to curate posts that are useful for beginners so that they can find everything in one place. I'll add to this page each time I (or someone else) does something that is of use to the total novice or those wanting to upgrade their paints and equipment.

You might find my Beginners' Watercolour video tutorials on YouTube helpful - they're FREE and easy and suitable for anyone. Simply start at Episode 1 and work your way through the series, which will build your skills and understanding in easy steps that need fairly basic supplies - I even give you shopping lists in Episode 1 so you can use the same things I'm using in the videos!

Starting off - a palette of student watercolours - this page has a recommended colour palette for students, based on my Essential Palette of professional colours (link below) - it works out much cheaper and has links through to Amazon UK where you can purchase most of the colours at lower than the RRP at the moment. It is based on Winsor and Newton Cotman Student Water Colours.

Going Pro - moving from student watercolours to artist-grade watercolours - this page includes my 3 recommended colour palettes - the Basic, Essential and Complete palettes and has links through to Amazon UK where you can purchase most of the colours at lower than the RRP at the moment. It is based on Winsor and Newton Professional Water Colours.

Comparing student-grade paints - Cotman versus Aquafine - this page compares two of the most popular watercolour student paints - NB: "Aquafine" is sold in the USA as "Georgian Water Color".

Comparing student-grade paints with artist-grade paints - this page shows the key differences between them and the advantages of artist-grade paints in terms of being more economical.

Watercolour brushes - this pages shows what I use [well, was using at the time I wrote it, I've since added loads more brushes!] just to give you an idea of what kinds of brushes work well.

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