My watercolor gear

“Less is more”, that is what they kept telling us on the architect school where the old architect professors with shaking hands,  looked at watercolors as old friends in a way that I think no one will ever look at AutoCAD. Most of them had to spend years sketching and painting outdoors  in the days before it all went digital.

And I was lucky enough to learn the basics before it all disappeared – Ever since  I have loved my watercolor gear and the simple fact that all you need is just a few colors, some paper, water and a brush…

Watercolor
Watercolor from a walk on the rocks on Bornholm

Easel
A few times I bring an easel – but most of the time it just gets in the way, easier just to sit on the backpack. When I bring it I have a metal type one that easy can be tilted in the right angle for the water to flow… or stop flowing.

Colors
I normally use the small winsor&Newton half pans colors but as I run out of the originals I normally use tube-color in the same artist quality of the brands I can get my hands on: Rembrandt, Maimeri, etc. – I just fill up the pans as it is much cheaper.

A5 paper - Bornholm
A5 paper – Bornholm

Brushes
The one place I am not compromising – it dosn´t have to be the series 7, winsor newton, ( I gave up on those as I realized my 4 years old daughter liked to use them when I didn’t look. ) but I stay with sable brushes as I have never met anything that can compare.

Papers
For papers, I also use whatever is thick and won’t darken if exposed to years of sunlight, mostly in A4 size. Cotton paper is nice, but I finally realized that it is not going to make me a better artist.

Most of the time I work in papers between 200 and 300grams.

Water
I have been using small Nalgene bottles (plastic bottles)  for a few years now as they lock very good, they work perfect and are cheap and unbreakable, I use the 125ml/4 oz size,  but you can get them in lots of different sizes.

Stuff I gave up on…

I used to carry around expensive sitting chairs, chairs that combined as backpacks, easels that had a small room for papers and colors, large amounts of Canson Arches cotton papers (outrageously expensive and very addictive) and other fancy stuff.

But then I met some of the old watercolor masters that were so much more experienced and better than me – and the equipment they used, looked so simple and worn out…

Easel
A few times I bring an easel – but most of the time it just gets in the way, easier just to sit on the backpack. When I bring my easel, I have a metal type one that easy can be tilted in the right angle for the water to flowor stop flowing.Colors
I   the small winsthe colors, but as I run out of the originals, I normally use tube-color in the same artist quality of the brands, I can get my hands on: Rembrandt, Maime – I just fill up the pans as it is much cheaper.

A5 paper – Bornholm

Brushes
With my brushes, I am not compromising – it dosn´t have to be the series 7, winsor those I  up on those as I realized my 4 years old daughter liked to use them when I didn’t look. ) but I stay with sable brushes as I have never met anything that can compare.

Papers
For papers, I also use whatever is thick and won’t darken if exposed to years of sunlight, mostly in A4 size. Cotton paper is nice, but I finally realized that it is not going to make me a better artist.

Most of the time I  in papers between 200 and 300grams.

Water
I have been using small Nalgene very (plastic bottles)    years now as they lock very good, they work perfect and are cheap and unbreakable, I use the 125ml/4 oz size.    can get them in lots of different sizes.

Stuff I up on…

I used to carry around expensive sitting chairs, chairs that combined as   that had a small room for papers and colors, large amounts of Canson Arches cotton papers (outrageously expensive and very addictive) and oof the her fancy stuff.then I meet some of the old watercolor masters that were so much more experienced and better thanme – and the equipment they used… looked so simple and worn out…

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