What are the “must haves” in Watercolor supplies?

I’ve been painting in watercolors nearly 20 years now and I continue to experiment with various products. Yet, I do have some absolute staples that are always in my art supplies. My students, at Joyful Arts Studio, often ask me, ‘What are the “must haves” in watercolor supplies?” My first and foremost must have is Arches Cold Press 140 pound watercolor paper. Arches have been making paper since 1492 and they’ve got it down. I’ve had many students come to me with other papers but ultimately after one time painting on Arches switch and never return to other papers.

Hump Day = Joyful Art Day

Today is Wednesday, Hump Day. I absolutely love Geico’s new commercial featuring the camel roaming around the office asking people, ‘Do you know what day it is?’ Finally one of the women humors the camel and tells him, why yes it is Hump Day. He shouts WooHoo with glee! Geico has some of the funniest commercials and they must have the most creative marketing team ever. Wednesdays are a day of joyful art for me. I travel to two nursing homes to have art class with the residents. Many of the residents I am working with have never been exposed to art classes.


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