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Vancouver Island School of Art

302-733 Johnson St, Victoria, BC V8W 3C7 250-380-3500

Supply List - Drawing into Painting: Ink & Watercolour



  • Watercolours in tubes (gouache or acrylic gouache is also an option and can be used with watercolour and ink)

  • Turner and Holbein are my choices for colour quality. Lukas is a reasonable brand with nice vivid colours suitable to this course's approaches

  • A range of warm and cool primary colours. Reds: Alizarin Crimson (cool), Cadmium red hue (Warm) Yellows: Cadmium light hue (W), Lemon Yellow or Hansa Yellow (C) Blues: Cerulean (C) & Ultramarine (W) Raw Sienna and Payne's Grey

  • Watercolour: Similar idea and a similar colour range

Acrylic medium

  • Any brand, used for base coats


  • Black ink specifically for fountain pens such as Parker Quink. Higgins also has a reasonable one

  • Three colours of Acrylic Ink (not for Fountain pens-it will clog them!)

  • F&W Liquitex and Golden all make good ones. Red. Cerulean and Ultramarine Blue or similar (so many hues will work) *with paints and inks, I prefer to shop to taste as you would buying shirts or pastries rather than focusing on theory.


  • Use a variety of rounds and flat synthetic sable brushes for watercolour/gouache

  • Have a large (#10 or #12) flat watercolour /gouache brush, #8 rigger, and Princeton 'Dagger" brush

  • Flat 1” acrylic brush to apply acrylic medium

  • Feel free to use what you already have


  • Dip pens - pen holder and speedball C-5, C-6, and Hunt School Nib

  • Black water-soluble felt-tipped pen

  • Sharpie (fat)


  • Look for an 11"x14" or 16"x20" multi-media pad that takes watercolour and ink

  • Plan to repurpose old sketchbooks


  • Plastic palette for mixing paint, (white plastic lids, white plates or disposable palette pad

Other Supplies

  • Drawing board (18x24”)

  • 2 Bulldog clips (to hold the paper to the board - optional).

  • Plastic containers to hold water (such as yogurt containers)

  • Painters masking tape (removable)

  • Rags (old cotton clothes) for cleaning up

  • Small spray bottle

Other supplies will be discussed in the course.


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