Hey lovelies! So excited that you're here, and that we get to create together!
I'm going to share with you the exact supplies I use to create watercolour floral art. I love love love the supplies that I use, but by no means do you need professional supplies to get started! So, I'll walk you through the supplies I use, but also what I would recommend for a complete beginner (and what I started with! :)
The first thing you need is paper to paint on (lol of course). I always use cold press paper because I like the toothiness of the paper (it has deeper grooves than, say, a hot press paper, which is very smooth). You want your paper to be rough to keep the water and paint in place! I like a 140lb or heavier paper, because it tends to hold itself better without warping. 100% cotton paper is dreamy to paint on, especially if it is the kind of paper that comes sealed on more than one edge. That is ideal to keep your paper from warping when wet. HOWever, I started (and still use) a fairly affordable 140lb cold-press paper for projects when I know I'll be using a loooot of paper very quickly. My fave for this is Canson XL. My favourite splurge paper for special projects is Fluid 100 Cold Press 100% cotton paper.
Next up, you'll need a palette. I love this one because it has plenty of spaces for paint, as well as a couple mixing areas. It also closes and latches for easy transport (bonus!). You could really use any sort of palette that has spaces for your paints, as well as some mixing areas.
Now what you've all been waiting for - the PAINT! My favourite watercolour paints to use are the Winsor and Newton Professional Series Watercolour paints. They are so lovely to use, and the finished product always looks amazing. These are *wet* paints when you buy them in a tube, and you have to squeeze them out into a palette, and let them DRY before using them. You theoretically could use them wet, however they will be uber pigmented and just not what watercolours are supposed to be. If you're not ready to make the leap to the professional series (which, let's be honest, who wants to spend hundreds of $$$ on paint) I would highly recommend the Winsor and Newton Cotman series. It's a step down from the professional grade, but still beautifully pigmented and works super well.
If you're really just dipping your toes into watercolour, and not sure if you'll like it, I would recommend a basic beginner palette like this one. It's a super affordable price point, and if you start using this and know you'll love it, then you can upgrade your supplies. The only thing I don't love about this type of watercolour is that I find it has a chalky finish when it dries. Otherwise, works well for beginners, and won't break the bank!
Now for brushes. My all-time fave (and the most used brush in my expansive collection of brushes) is a size 6 round. I like it for its versatility (the point can be used for detail, and the barrel of the brush for flower petals and wider elements). If I'm doing hand-lettering with watercolour paint, I get the best results with a smaller round brush, such as a size 1. If I'm doing a large wash I might use a larger round or square brush, but for the most part, the size 6 round is my BFF. Look for a brush that holds a decent amount of water, but that doesn't go floppy when it's wet. You want it to bounce back when you push down on the paper. Pick a paintbrush that is specifically for watercolour - synthetic sable hair is a great option!
As for water, you technically should have 2 cups of water - one for rinsing your brush, and one for adding clean water to your paint. I like to live life on the edge, so I only use one jar... this is a classic example of "do as I say, not as I do!"
And there you have it! My watercolour supplies in a nutshell. Comment below with any questions, tips or tricks, or ideas you might have, and let me know how these supplies work for you! Happy painting!