Art Center at Ambler


Howard Watson Supply List


  • 140 lb Arches Watercolor Paper, Cold Press
    (Old Standby)
  • 300 lb Arches Watercolor Paper, Cold Press
    (Old Standby)
  • 140 lb BFK Rives Watercolor Paper, Cold Press
    (Nice Off-White Paper)
  • 140 lb or 300 lb Lana Watercolor Paper, Cold Press
    (Softer Off-White Paper)


There are many different types of Watercolor Brushes. The BEST is the Pure Kolinsky #12 sharp pointed brush. Another nice series is the Blick Master Sable. I also have a set of Winsor & Newton flat brushes, sizes: 1/4”, 1/2”, 3/4”, and 1”.

We all need at least one large flat brush for applying washes. I carry a Connoisseur Series 365 - 2” brush and a Robert Simmons Series 278 - 1-1/2” flat type. Connoisseur also carries some very nice less expensive round brushes.


There are Many, Many Companies that make fantastic Watercolors. I usually mixed makers, depending on the color. It is hard to find a good GREEN. I usually mix my own GREENS. Try Winsor & Newton, Grumbacher, Holbein, and Da Vinci watercolors. Two of the more inexpensive colors are Talens and Cotman. Each artist likes to choose his or her own color depending on their approach to their individual painting styles. Some of the colors I like to use are: Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Chrome Orange, Lamp Black (stays flat), Mauve, Naples Yellow, Intense Green, Cadmium Yellow Light, Permanent Rose, Cobalt Blue, Winsor Red, Ultramarine, Indigo, and Sap Green.

I am in the belief that one cannot learn to paint in watercolor by reading books. YOU LEARN BY DOING. By reading certain Watercolor books, one can pick up important information on specific styles and subjects that can help the artist make those proper decisions regarding ‘your own’ painting methods.