I am often asked about the watercolor supplies that I use in my studio. Those new to watercolor are often confused by all the different paints, brushes and paper that are available. Since these supplies can be expensive, people are eager for honest reviews.

Below you will find my opinions – based on my experience with watercolor. Please remember these are just my preferences. Ultimately each artist must make their own decision.

Also, be aware this is a living list. I am often discovering new materials and supplies that I just have to add to my studio. If you have questions about anything on this list, please send me a message.


I believe the quality of paper you use can have the greatest impact on the quality of your paintings. Whenever possible you should use 100% cotton paper. You can choose from different finishes: cold press, hot press and rough. I use Arches 140 lb Cold Press watercolor paper, almost exclusively. I like the subtle texture and the way it responds to the pigments and the water.

I purchase my Arches watercolor paper in the following formats:


There are even more choices when it comes to watercolor paints. I currently have four different brands of paint on my palette: Daniel Smith, M. Graham, Mijello Mission Gold and Winsor Newton.

I prefer tube paints, instead of those sold in a pan. Most artists purchase individual tubes of their favorite pigments, however this can be daunting when you’re just starting out. So I recommend a few sets that can get you started.

Mijello Mission Gold

This is a great set to start with. It is professional grade paint, but at a more affordable price.

M. Graham Deluxe Set

These paints use honey as a binder. They are rich, beautiful colors.

Mission Gold Pure Pigment

Larger tubes and few colors. However each color is a “pure pigment” meaning they use just one pigment to make the paint. This is preferred by some artists.

Individual Tubes of Paint

I purchase my watercolor paints in individual tubes. The following list of paints includes all of the pigments currently on my palette. I list the paints starting from the top center (Azo Yellow) and proceed in a counter-clockwise direction. There are 24 colors in the circle. I’ve included a link to the product on Amazon.

Watch this video on my YouTube channel to learn more about the colors on my palette.

Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Colors

  • Azo Yellow by M. Graham – Buy
  • Permanent Yellow Deep by Mijello – Buy
  • New Gamboge by Daniel Smith – Buy
  • Yellow Orange by Mijello – Buy
  • Azo Orange by M. Graham – Buy
  • Yellow Ochre by Daniel Smith – Buy
  • Opera by Mijello – Buy
  • Pyrrol Red by M. Graham – Buy
  • Quinacridone Magenta by Winsor Newton – Buy
  • Quinacridone Rose by Daniel Smith – Buy
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson by M. Graham – Buy
  • Moonglow by Daniel Smith – Buy

Neutral and Brown Colors

  • Nickel Quinacridone Gold by M. Graham – Buy
  • Yellow Ochre by Mijello – Buy
  • Quinacridone Burnt Orange by Daniel Smith – Buy
  • Burnt Sienna by Mijello – Buy
  • Dioxazine Purple by M. Graham – Buy
  • Cerulean Blue Chromium by Daniel Smith – Buy
  • Ultramarine Blue by M. Graham – Buy
  • Cobalt Blue by Mijello – Buy
  • Phthalo Blue (GS) by Daniel Smith – Buy
  • Winsor Blue (RS) by Winsor Newton – Buy
  • Peacock Blue by Mijello – Buy
  • Phthalo Turquoise by Daniel Smith – Buy
  • Phthalo Green by M. Graham – Buy
  • Green Gold by Daniel Smith – Buy
  • Sap Green by M. Graham – Buy
  • Phthalo Yellow Green by Daniel Smith – Buy


  • Red Brown by Mijello – Buy
  • Burnt Umber by Mijello – Buy
  • Sepia by Winsor Newton – Buy
  • Indigo by Daniel Smith – Buy

I have not been paid to promote or review the products on this page. I do receive a very small commission from sales of these linked products. This helps support the creation of my resources, videos and tutorials. Thank you for your support. ~ Kris