List of material for courses
Online suppliers tend to have the best prices and postage is generally free over around £40. I use Jacksons.com, but there are many others.
The Range, on the Newport road have inexpensive pads and a good range of supplies for sketching.
Other local shops supplying art materials are Hobbycraft and Pen and Paper. I buy putty rubbers and tear off palettes at The Works but the quality of their paints and paper is poor.
Sketching and drawing
A4 or A3 cartridge paper sketch book (140 gsm. minimum).
Pack of stick charcoal
Soft lead pencil and sharpener or craft knife
Soft rubber or “putty rubber”
Stick of chalk
Mid tone grey chalk or pastel
Extra hold hair spray is cheaper than art fixative
Mid range tubes, such as Jackson’s or Cotman 20 ml tubes of watercolour paint in:
Alizarine Crimson Red
Burnt Umber Brown
White gouache paint can also be useful
Alternatively you could buy a watercolour set of half-pans, but you end up with lots of colours you don’t need.
Plastic watercolour palette with mixing wells
Size 12 synthetic straight watercolour brush. (Daler Rowney make decent but inexpensive brushes)
¾ inch flat wash brush and other sizes optional
Cotton rags or absorbent kitchen roll
Watercolour pads should be 300 gsm (grams per square metre) rough texture