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Vancouver Island School of Art

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


Supply List - Watercolour Contemporary Approaches


For first session you need: paints, brushes, plastic palette and watercolour sketchbook and two containers of water.

List of colours:

Winsor Lemon, Winsor Yellow*, Winsor Red*, Alizarin Crimson, Winsor Blue (red shade)*, Winsor Blue (green shade), Winsor Orange,* Winsor Violet* and Winsor (Pthalo) Green*, Permanent Rose or Opera. If on a budget, just purchase colours with the asterisk.

The palette above includes a warm and cool version of each of the primaries (yellow, red and blue) as well as the three secondaries. The "Winsor" version of the colours is the least expensive.

Higher quality paint gives you more pigment and more value for your money. However you can also just use any watercolour paint you have on hand and be prepared for the results depending on quality on paint.

-Brushes: buy brushes that are specifically made for watercolour, synthetic sable round sizes 4 and 12 and 1" flat brush

-Palette: white plastic palette to mix your paints on (white lids from yogurt containers work well)

-Paper: 6 full sheets (22x30) of good Watercolour paper (Arches, Fabriano), rag, 140 lb

-Sketchbook: sketchbook with watercolour paper for practice exercise

-Ruler: 18" or longer

-Spray bottle

-Masking tape (low tac/painter's tape)

-H pencil, eraser, sharper

-Roll of tracing paper (22")

-Bristle brush for glueing

-White glue


-Blotting paper (1 sheet)


The Vancouver Island School of Art is delighted to have a partnership with Opus Art Supplies so please consider using this link and clicking on your course to purchase supplies from Opus Art Supplies: Partnership Page.


You can also consider an Opus A+ Membership, where students can sign up to save 10% on all orders during their studies: Sign Up For Opus A+ Membership.

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