Here are a few YouTube channels that I find helpful and you might too. 

In Liquid Color- Denise Soden 

What supplies do you use/recommend?

Watercolor Paper

Recommend only 140lb 300 gsm paper. Anything lighter buckles too easily and doesn’t hold up well.

Student Grade Paper:

Winsor & Newton Classic Cold Press, 9x12 pad, 12 sheets 

Strathmore 300 Series Cold Press, 9x12, 24 loose sheets

Bee Paper Company Cold Press 9x12 Glued Pad-15 sheets 


I prefer mid grade brushes for the best experience without feeling like you’ve been robbed. I personally buy most of my brushes at Blick in store. 

Da Vinci 8850 Round 6 

Princeton Heritage 4050 4 brush set

Richeson Rigger/ Liner Size 2 (for branches, grass and vines)

My absolute top 6 brushes (I use these the most): 

Update coming soon (plus video). I’ve always been a fan of Princeton brushes and use them most often in my professional work. Recently I purchased from the Princeton Neptune series from Blick and I’m loving them. 


I use and recommend for students in my classes Sennelier Watercolor for a great painting experience. They are a reasonably priced artist grade paint. 

Colors from Sennelier used in my classes:

Indigo 308, Phtalo Blue 399, Dioxazine Purple 917, Permanent Magenta 680, French Vermilion 675, Chinese Orange 645, Yellow Lake 561, Sap Green 819, Forest Green 899, Warm Sepia 440, Neutral Tint 931

Daniel Smith Essentials Watercolor Set of 6 (Blick and University Art)

Daniel Smith Primatek Watercolor Set of 6

Winsor & Newton Cotman 12 Tube Set (Michaels and Blick)

Sennelier French Watercolors- 12 Tube Set (Blick and University Art)


CYM Color Mixing Wheel (Blick)


Folding Plastic Class Palette (Blick)

Aluminum Watercolor Palette

Mini Porcelain Watercolor Palette


Pro 3/4” Blue tape (Blick)

Fineline Masking Fluid Pen  (Michaels)

Daniel Smith Masking Fluid Pen


I use mostly 140 pound cold press paper in pads or blocks. I use primarily Winsor & Newton or Arches. I also occasionally use Arches hot press when I want a smooth texture to my finished work. 

I use Strathmore or Canson XL 140 pound cold press for classes. 

(Purchase online or in store from Blick, University Art or Michaels)

Strathmore 400 Watercolor Paper 9x12 Pad

Strathmore 400 Watercolor Paper 11x15 Block

Strathmore Watercolor Greeting Cards- 10 Pack

Drawing Tools:

Faber Castel Kneaded Eraser with Case (Blick, Michaels, University Art)

Koh I noor Toison D'or Drawing Pencils 12 Pack

Koh I Noor Toison D'or Drawing Pencil 2B 2 Pack (Blick)

General Erasers- 3 Pack   (Blick, Michaels, University Art)

Westcott Clear 12" Grid Ruler 


Sakura Micron Pen Set

Uniball Gel Pen- White/Gold/Silver