Getting into Watercolor.


I’ve been wanting to expand my knowledge in watercolor for a while now, and after doing some research on all of the sets on Amazon, I decided to go for the Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Sketchers Pocket Box.

I figured it was a good set to start out with and to add some color to my sketches in my sketchbook (a complimentary birthday gift from Jerry’s Artarama). I even purchased a 3-pack of Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brushes with assorted tips. Both the watercolor set and brushes were approximately $25. All of these supplies fit nicely in my purse, which is great for traveling!


Winsor & Newton is a reputable brand in my book. I haven’t had any major issues with their acrylic paints and the reviews of this set were pretty solid. The Sketcher’s Pocket Box is compact, and includes a small brush and 12 half-pan colors:

  • Lemon Yellow
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Cadmium Red Pale Hue
  • Crimson Alizarin
  • Ultramarine
  • Intense Blue
  • Emerald Green
  • Sap Green
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • China White

The pans seem really tiny, but I don’t expect to go through them in less than a year. The only concern is that there’s no black and I’m not quite sure what I’m supposed to do with white. Still, all of the colors showed up nicely in the sketchbook. The pages are meant for mixed media, so if I’m a little heavy on the water, it will seep through.


Nevertheless, I’m excited to start getting into watercolor!

So, what are your favorite on-the-go art supplies? Any tips for a newbie on watercoloring?


~ gwinger