Painting with Water-Based Media

Painting with Water-Based Media

Judy Simonian


Materials fee: $15


This covers the cost of shared materials purchased by your instructor (watercolor and gouache paints, ect). Please bring cash or check payable to the instructor to your FIRST CLASS SESSION.


*This fee does not cover the cost of materials listed below.


Materials needed for the first two classes:

acrylic paint, brushes, paper, disposable palettes, water containers, rags, plastic cloth or newspaper to cover table


Acrylic Paints:

2 oz. tubes (Utrect brand is good and inexpensive, Golden brand is better)

Ultramarine Blue

Pthalo Blue (do not get the reddish tint)

Titanium White


Hansa yellow Medium or Cadmium Light

Quinacridone Magenta (Golden brand)



White Gouache (14ml. tube or larger)


Suggested Brushes:

Bring whatever you have on hand.  Your preference for brushes is personal and your choices will develop as class progresses.  Listed below are some options:


acrylic brushes (natural boar bristle or synthetic):

½” flat or filbert, ½” in diameter round, smaller brushes for details


watercolor brushes:

Windsor and Newton’s Septer Series, synthetic/natural blend ½” diameter or larger, round ½” or larger flat or filbert

one small round pointed detail brush


gouache brushes:

Silverwhite Series 1500, ½” or larger round and flat or filbert

Princeton Art and Brush Co. 6300 Series, ½” or larger round and flat or filbert

one small round pointed detail brush



several sheets of 100% cotton watercolor paper such as Arches, Fabriano, etc.

20"x30" 140#, hot press or cold press (to be torn into quarters) recommended

pads of acid free, archival watercolor paper OK too, 140#

2 sheets 22”x30” American Masters paper for acrylics #140


other supplies:

masking or drafting tape 3/4" wide

rags and/or paper towels

2 or 3 water containers (deli containers or glass jars are fine)

small plastic atomizer for water

plastic or newspaper to cover table



Pads of disposable wax paper palettes are very convenient for clean-up (my preference); even more practical is a roll of freezer wrap. Metal or plastic palettes are useful for the second class.



color wheel (try to get The Color Wheel Company version rather than Grumbacher)


Suggested Art Supply Stores:

Dick Blick, 1-5 Bond Street, 212-533-2444

New York Central 62 3rd Ave. 212-473-7705


Some of these stores will give you a student discount if you present your Cooper Union Continuing Education registration receipt.



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