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A Beginners Guide to Watercolor Materials

Ready to start your watercolor journey but feeling overwhelmed with where to start? Let me help!

Hi there! Welcome to my blog. I’m new to this (and very awkward) so bear with me.

My name is Kaylee and I am the artist behind Moonstruck Creations. If you are unfamiliar with my work I teach watercolor workshops and paint and sip events in the Boise, Idaho area.

I love teaching and empowering people to let go of limiting beliefs and embrace their creative power. My favorite way to do this is through watercolor. Watercolor is such a fun medium because it truly has a mind of its own. It pushes you to let go of control and ride the wave brahhh. There are truly SO many life lessons to be learned through watercolor and I personally feel that everyone should do it as a form of therapy, but that’s just me ;)

Anyways, at this point in growing my creative biz I am so fortunate to be seeing so many artists return to my classes- and let me tell you, I am HERE FOR IT!! I know some of you budding Picassos are wanting to get into watercolor at a deeper level at home, so I wanted to create a resource for all my peeps to get started on your watercolor journeys. I have curated a list (after many years of trial and error) of my favorite watercolor materials to kickstart your artistic adventure.. Let’s dive in.


Ahh brushes. I remember getting so overwhelmed in the aisle at Michaels looking at all the fun brushes, but also having no clue where to start or what the heck they all do. I’ve come to realize that when it comes to brushes, less is more - especially as a beginner. Personally, I have an enormous bowl of brushes and I legitimately use the same 3-4 ones consistently. Here are my recommendations for watercolor brushes:

Round brushes - these are my go-to’s for nearly everything. Mountains, trees, flowers, leaves, all the goods. I think if you have 3 sizes of round brushes you are golden. Also for brushes I’m a firm believer in quality over quantity. Invest in one nice brush vs a pack of brushes that are meh.

Princeton’s Heritage series is my absolute favorite line of brushes. Relatively inexpensive, good longevity, and a nice snap back to its original point. 10/10 recommend this entire line.

My go to brushes from this series include: