If you’re an Every-Tuesday subscriber, then you already received this brush lettering with watercolor supply list in your inboxes yesterday 🙂 It’s too useful of a resource not to share, so I wanted to also bring it into the blog this week. Having the right supplies can be a serious road block when you’re just getting started, and a costly one at that. After going through my fair share of supply testing (and cash), I’ve compiled a list of my absolute favorites. For those on a budget, or if you’re not sure if this is for you, I’ve also included a separate list of comparable, lower priced items 😉 My newest master course, Brush Lettering with Watercolor is now open if you’d like to put these supplies to use!
Brush Lettering with Watercolor Supply List
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Here are a few of my favorites from the list and why I love em 🙂
In my experience, the Koi watercolors are a bit more vibrant and less thick/dry than the Pentels, so they’re a bit easier to work with, but both yield equally beautiful outcomes.
Pan Set Watercolors
- Premium option: Winsor & Newton Cotman Half Pan Studio Set
- Budget friendly: Sakura Koi or Artist’s Loft
The Winsor & Newton pans are very concentrated and vibrant for pans. The Koi pan set is a really nice alternative to the Winsor & Newton, but if your budget is extra tight, the Artist’s Loft is a great starter set for experimenting!
- Premium option: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Watercolors
- Budget friendly: Color Splash Liquid Watercolors
I’ve been using my Hydrus set for almost a year and I haven’t used half of any color yet. They’re extremely vibrant and so fun to work with! I haven’t tried the Color Splash, but it has some great reviews, so it seems to be the best alternative. There really aren’t any middle-ground options aside from purchasing Hydrus bottles individually.
I’ve been using the Canson for a while now and I still love it. It gets a bit wavy with saturated washes, but for lettering, it’s really ideal. The Strathmore has a bit more tooth, or deeper texture, which is the greatest difference between the two.
Waterbrushes for Lettering
- Personal favorite: Pentel Aquash (purchase 1 instead of the 3 pack for budget friendly option – my fav size is the small)
If you haven’t used a waterbrush before, I can’t recommend getting one enough! They are really easy and fun to use and eliminate the need for a water cup entirely!
Watercolor Paintbrushes for Lettering
- Premium option: Winsor & Newton Series 7 no. 0 + 1 round (no.1 is my favorite)
- Budget friendly: da Vinci Round no.1
The kind of paintbrush you use really does make a difference when it comes to lettering. It *is* an investment, but it’s a brush you’ll use forever. I’ve had my Series 7 no.1 for over a year, leaving it hours on end in a dirty water cup and it cleans up and behaves like new every time. I totally get wanting another option here, so I would recommend the da Vinci.
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