Materials I use or Recommend for Realistic Watercolour

I am often asked for information on the materials I use or recommend for realistic watercolour painting.  Of course everyone has their favourites, but here are some of mine.  I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you from the links below.  I hope you find them helpful.

Materials I use or Recommend for Realistic Watercolour - Winsor and Newton Professional Pans
Winsor and Newton Professional Pans
Materials I use or Recommend for Realistic Watercolour - Winsor and Newton Student Cotman Pans are great for beginners
Winsor and Newton Student Cotman Pans
Materials I use or Recommend for Realistic Watercolour - Cotman Watercolour Tubes are great for beginners
Cotman Watercolour Tubes
Materials I use or Recommend for Realistic Watercolour- Winsor and Newton 00 Brush - my favourite brush!
Winsor and Newton 00 Brush
Materials I use or Recommend for Realistic Watercolour - Winsor and Newton Size 5 Brush, a brush that I like to use
Winsor and Newton Size 5 Brush
Mop Brush - Paul Hopkinson uses this for applying background washes
Mop Brush
Materials I use - Bockingford Block Pad - Paul Hopkinson's favourite watercolour paper
Bockingford Block Pad
Materials I use - Painting Board, Paul Hopkinson recommends working on a slight angle, a board helps you do this.
Painting Board
My photo & videoing camera, this little camera films and photographs all my tutorials. A great little compact.
Panasonic Lumix
Materials I use - Masking Fluid, Paul Hopkinson uses this for reserving the white of the paper, or sometimes in between layers of paint too
Masking Fluid
Materials I use - Ceramic mixing palette, recommended by Paul Hopkinson as you can see the shade/tone of your watercolours on the ceramic
Ceramic Palette
Materials I use - Tracedown or Graphite backed paper is a really good tool to enable an accurate outline drawing and ensure you can get quickly on with the painting process itself
Graphite Backed Paper
Materials I use - Faber Castell Art Eraser
Art Eraser

For more information and guidance on the materials I use or recommend for realistic watercolour why not join up for a free membership to my online school and have a go?  

My blog is also a great place for information, in particular there is a really good post for anyone who is new to watercolours. I also have a Pinterest board dedicated to watercolour painting equipment.  In addition on my YouTube channel you will see me using various materials to create my wildlife paintings. 

Finally I hope this little insight into my studio has encouraged you to give this fantastic medium a try.  Or maybe you are simply looking for some things to add to your wish list or buy for a friend.  Whatever your reason for reading this far, I hope you have found this page helpful!

Any questions or queries regarding the materials, please feel free to drop me an email. Paul :-