Best Watercolor Sets for Beginners. These are the sets I actually own, use, and love!
Best Watercolor Sets for Beginners
I’m often asked for watercolor recommendations, so I finally got a full post together to share the sets I actually own, use, love, and recommend!
The Most Affordable Watercolor Sets
When affordability is key, these are the sets I’d recommend.
- Artist’s Loft Fundamentals Watercolor Pan Set. This is the set everyone asks about when I use it as a photo prop. It’s also the set oft-used by Amy Tangerine, who is well-known for her colorful watercolor lettering. The quality isn’t up to par with a lot of my other sets, but it’s affordable, a pretty photo prop, and a set I don’t mind sharing with my kids!
- Prang Watercolor Set. This is the simple set I started with. Affordable, good quality, and pretty colors!
- Sakura Koi Field Watercolor Set. This set is my go-to for traveling because it’s compact, comes with a built-in palette, and even a water brush!
My Favorite Solid and Liquid Watercolor Sets
If I had to pick just one set each of Solid and Liquid Watercolors, these are the two I’d choose!
- Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Set. This is hands-down my favorite set of solid watercolors. The colors are just so pretty and the quality rocks!
- Dr. Ph Martin’s Bombay India Inks. These are my favorite liquid watercolors. I use them as calligraphy inks as well! I have color sets Set 1 and Set 2.
The Metallic Watercolor Sets
- Finetec Metallic Mica Set. This swoon-worthy set is my favorite metallic of all the shimmery sets I own. You can check out how I used it as watercolors on black paper here (and in the image below). See a short video on how I used it with my Pointed Pen for calligraphy here.
- Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors Set. I just bought this one a few weeks ago, and like nearly all Kuretake products, it doesn’t disappoint. It’s a slightly cheaper version of the FineTec Metallic Mica Set.
Additionally, here are a few of my favorite watercolor-related supplies:
- Watercolor Journal and Paper. I just love my Moleskin Watercolor Journal. I ordered it after seeing the über-talented Lisa Congdon recommend it. The paper pad I use most is the Canson XL Watercolor Pad.
- Water Brushes. I use these Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brushes. I find them easier to learn brush lettering with than a traditional paintbrush. Plus, they’re a bit less messy since you can fill them with water and/or ink!
- Watercolor Pencils. I use and love this Derwent Watercolor Pencil Set. Just color and then add water!
- Ceramic Watercolor Palette. Whenever I show this pretty flower palette in a photo, people ask where they can get it. I got mine on Amazon here.
- Brushes. What brushes are best for beginners? I’m going to send you over to visit my friend Rachel at Lines Across for info on that. You can check out her post here (or by clicking the image below!)
I hope you found this Best Watercolor Sets for Beginners post helpful!
What are your favorite watercolor supplies? Let me know in the comments.