1. Sketchbook/Watercolour Paper:
Sketchbooks come in a number of sizes and shapes. They range in price from cheap (at your local Dollar type store) to quite expensive at an Art speciality shop. Choose a size that feels comfortable for you, whether it’s a small pocket-sized book or a larger one.
Watercolour paper should be 140-pound (lb) type; the use of water based paints is hard on lighter paper. A good point to remember is that you can use the back of the Watercolour paper as well.
As you progress, you will figure out your needs.
I have an assortment of pencils that I have collected over time. From mechanical to regular, some are darker, some lighter. I like to use ones that are a bit larger as they are easier for me to hold. Experiment to find your needs,
Oh yes, get one that will erase you lines cleanly. I use the white ones over the pink ones. I do not have a maluable one, but may try one in the future.
4. Pencil Sharpener:
I have one of those sharpeners that takes 2 sizes of pencils because as I said before, the larger pencils are more comfortable for me.
5. Drawing Pens:
I have a few “Sharpie,” type pens that have the fine line tips. I am finding that I use them more and more for drawing over what I have drawn with pencil. When painting, they show up nicely.
6. Charcoal or Conte Crayons (Optional):
For those interested in experimenting with different mediums, charcoal or conte crayons can add a different texture to your sketches.
7. Blending Stumps/Tortillons:
These tools are useful for blending pencil or charcoal for smoother shading. I have a set but use them only when I am not going to paint. You will find your way.
Yup, I have one of those 6 inch plastic ones.
9. Drawing Board:
A drawing board or a hard surface to support your sketchbook while you draw. My drawing board is 12 X 16 inches and is made of pressed wood, about 1/8 of an inch thick.
10. Storage for Supplies:
A pencil case or art box to keep your supplies organized and easily accessible. I have several pencil type cases for pencils and brushes.
11. Watercolour paint:
Big debate, big price differences. I have a small set of cake type paints and I have a bunch of tube colours. Better quality paints are easier to mix and are more colour consistent. I am still learning about these things, do let me know your thoughts!
Remember, these are just the basics that I, a beginner, have, and you can always expand your collection as you progress in your artistic journey. Feel free to experiment with different materials and find what works best for your style!