Recommended Supply List for Trips and Visits

Regardless of the paint colors, brushes or paper type you use, the most important thing to know is what those specific supplies are capable of doing. How? By using them over and over. By learning what they do well vs. what they don’t do well or at all. The only way to learn this is to start with a basic set of supplies, use them continuously, and test them thoroughly. The following recommendations are made with this idea in mind.

With the exception of the first two items everything else is simply a recommendation. If you already have a pencil, or paint pigments you like, please feel free to continue using them.

Required Supplies:

Digital Timer

Digital Camera (a scanner can also be used since we are not on actual location)

Recommended Supplies: (These are basic items that Laure takes when she goes on location.)

.5 mm Mechanical Pencil with a LARGE twist-up white eraser and retractable point (e.g. Paper

    Mate® Clear Point Mechanical Pencil)

Extra leads & erasers for the mechanical pencil

Black fine line water-based ink pen (water based ink lines will bleed when water is added)

Permanent black fine line pen (Micron® Pigma or Sharpie® - does NOT bleed)

Kneaded eraser (lifts extra graphite without damaging the paper)

Uni-ball® Signo Broad White Pigment Ink Pen (secret weapon! good for retrieving lost highlights

    and smoothing edges)

Waterbrush, medium or large round (must have for quick sketches or any plein aire work)

Waterbrush, flat (good for brick work, stones, straight edges, architecture and for wetting large


6” ruler (clear plastic is best so that you can use it to line up edges on doors, windows, etc.)

Small folding palette with a minimum of 20 separate wells** with a lid that can be closed (e.g.

    Masters Folding Plastic Palette, available at Daniel Smith)

Small washcloth or towel (good to have for cleaning up spills and messes, blotting work, making


Paper towels (Laure loves plain white Viva towels, bring at least 12 so that you’ll have extra. You            

    can reuse them if necessary)

Travel facial tissues (the inexpensive kind work the best)

Sketchbook*** with paper suitable for chosen medium (140 lb. CP watercolor paper. Note: 90 lb.

    paper can be difficult for working on location. It can buckle like crazy when the paper gets really

    wet! 90 lb. is very suitable for dry media.)

Wax Crayon (for saving whites)

Glue stick (for gluing tickets, receipts and other items into the sketchbook)

Small pair of scissors (for cutting items down to a smaller size before gluing into the sketchbook)

Lightweight Tote Bag big enough for all the supplies

*Laure recommends Niji Waterbrushes. They’re available at Daniel Smith and most art supply houses.

**Recommended pigments below.

***Laure has begun to recommend Stillman and Birn Sketchbooks. The Beta Series has an excellent paper for beginners. If you love ink and wash work, the Zeta or Alpha are very good choices for that type of work.

Other Items to Use on Location:

Bug spray    Rain poncho or umbrella

Sun screenLight-Colored Hat

Bottle of drinking waterExtra batteries and memory stick for camera

Remember to ALWAYS wear comfy shoes, dress in layers, and bring a rain poncho!

PLEASE NOTE: There has been two changes to the recommended list of pigments for the Trip and Visit classes—starting with the new classes for 2012. Daniel Smith’s Undersea Green has been removed from the palette and replaced with DS Perylene Green. DS Shadow Violet has also been replaced. Laure uses the “mud” on her palette far more than she uses the color in the well.

If you would like to try out professional watercolors, but are not ready to purchase all those tubes of paint, check out the palette Laure has made available over on You’ll find the palette to be a lightweight plastic and it comes equipped with all the colors Laure recommends for the trip classes. There’s even room for you to add some of your favorite pigments! The pigments included are the same paints she uses in her personal palette. Click HERE for purchase information.


All of the watercolors recommended on the following pages are professional grade and are chosen for their specific properties. If you choose to use another brand, please make sure they are professional grade and NOT student grade as it will make the assignments much more difficult.

Also, please go by the pigment number as opposed to the paint name if you are going across brands to different paint manufacturers. There is NO consistency from paint name to paint name, manufacturer to manufacturer. You must use the pigment number to get a “like” paint and even that can vary as processes vary from one manufacturer to another.

Recommended Pigment Number, Brand and Color Names:

Daniel Smith (DS) Hansa Yellow Medium* - PY97 Substitute: WN Winsor Lemon - PY175

DS Perylene Red* - PR178          Substitute: WN  Winsor Red Deep - PR254

DS French Ultramarine Blue* - PB29                   Substitute: WN French Ultramarine Blue - PB29

(*The three pigments above are available at Daniel Smith as a triad at a reduced price - item number 285 250 066.)

DS Carbazole Violet - PV23 RS                    Substitute: WN Winsor Violet (PV 23)

DS Quinacridone Burnt Orange - PO48                Substitute: None available

DS Raw Sienna - PBr7                                     Substitute: WN Raw Sienna - PY42/PR101

DS Burnt Sienna - PBr7                                    Substitute: WN Burnt Sienna - PR101

DS Burnt Umber - PBr7                                    Substitute: WN Burnt Umber - PBr7/PR101/PY42

DS Indian Red - PR101                           Substitute: WN Indian Red -- PR101

DS Isoindoline Yellow* - PY139         Substitute: WN Indian Yellow - PY153/PO62

DS Pyrrol Orange - PO73         Substitute: WN Winsor Orange RS - PO73

DS Quinacridone Rose - PV19         Substitute: WN Permanent Rose - PV19

DS Cobalt Blue - PB28           Substitute: WN Cobalt Blue - PB28

DS Cobalt Teal Blue - PG50         Substitute: WN Cobalt Turquoise Light PG 50

DS Sap Green - PO49/PG7          Substitute: WN Perm. Sap Green - PG36/PY110

DS Perylene Green - PBk31                                 Substitute: WN Perylene Green  - PBk31

Holbein Mineral Violet         Substitute: None available

M. Graham Neutral Tint         Substitute: None available

AUTUMN** Pigments:

DS Quin. Gold - PO49 (Beware that WN Quin. Gold has PR206, PV19,  and PY150 in it. It is easier to make mud with!)

DS Tranparent Pyrrol Orange - PO71Substitute: None Available

**Autumn Pigments: Any of the browns, madders, ochres, siennas, umbers, and sepias on the market are good choices for Autumn colors. We’re going to be taking the base palette above and add other colors to the browns, golds, and reds to give us much wider color choices. Use what you have. You may also wish to add a gold or copper pen as well. This is where you can vary the look of the work with small amounts of metallics.

Choose your supplies carefully and stay with them for the duration of the class, even if they’re not what you would take the next time! This will bring harmony to your sketchbook. By sticking with your chosen supplies, you learn to get the most out of them, what’s possible, what works well, what doesn’t work. You’ll begin to find out what you really need to create on location. Remember, less is really more when you’re on location!

To download the supply list, please click IT-Supplies2010.pdf. This file offers a bit more information and an alternate palette of colors for plein aire work.

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