Michael Reardon Materials List

Here is a list of suggested materials for the workshop. My palette is comprised entirely of the Daniel Smith brand watercolors on the list (www.danielsmith.com, they are located in Seattle). I also include Winsor and Newton or Cheap Joe’s American Journey equivalents if available. I realize it can be pricey to purchase all of these. But if you plan to continue to do watercolors, they will be quite worthwhile. If you are coming with a friend, consider sharing an order.


DS=Daniel Smith; WN=Winsor and Newton; CJ=Cheap Joe’s; All=all three.

It is important to use professional watercolors. The less expensive watercolors, such as Cotman, have more filler in them. The professional paints have more pigment and last longer.


  • Viridian –All
  • Phthalo Green -Yellow Shade (not Phthalo Yellow Green)-DS
  • Winsor Green-WN;
  • Joe’s Green Phthalo, CJ


  • Quinacridone Gold-All
  • A good quality yellow

Oranges and Reds

  • Quinacridone Burnt Orange-DS; or Burnt Sienna-WN, CJ
  • Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet-DS, CJ
  • Quinacridone Rose-DS; or Permanent Rose-WN; or Permanent Magenta-WN, or
  • Rambling Rose-CJ (If you have Carmine, this isn’t necessary)
  • Carmine-DS:, CJ or Permanent Carmine-WN
  • Permanent Orange-DS; or Cadmium Orange-WN, CJ
  • Cadmium Red All

Blues and Violets

  • Ultramarine Blue-All
  • Cobalt Blue-All
  • Cerulean Blue-All (all three are slightly different hues; I prefer DS Cerulean)
  • Chromium

Feel free to bring your own favorite colors, but we will use the above colors in the demonstrations and exercises.


  • Bring your favorite brushes. I recommend rounds sizes 6-12. 2-3 brushes within this range will be fine. They needn’t be sable, but they should have a good water reservoir and good points.


  • It is most economical to bring individual sheets and tape them to a board. You must bring your own board and masking tape if you choose this option (quarter sheets will be fine-divide a 22 x 30 sheet in 4)) I use Arches or Saunders Waterford, 140 lb. Cold Press or Rough. Other brands such as Fabriano or Lanaquarelle are okay, as long as they are cold press or rough. Strathmore is not okay. The paper must be good quality watercolor paper regardless of brand. You may also want to use watercolor blocks for convenience.


  • An inexpensive plastic folding palette works fine. It should have several empty wells for the above-mentioned colors and fold in half to preserve your paints ($3-$6.00 at Blicks). If you have a clean palette, organize your paints by color, putting all the reds together, the blues together, etc. Label them or make a diagram in your sketchbook. You will forget otherwise.


  • Bring water containers. I use an old plastic water bottle to carry clean water. I use two old yogurt containers as mixing containers.


  • If you’re more comfortable working at an easel, please bring it.

Pencil and Sketchbook

  • Please bring a small sketchbook and pencil. I prefer a 2B mechanical pencil, but the choice is yours. Soft pencils work best for thumbnail sketches.

Clothing (plein air only)

  • We will be painting outdoors on Day 4, so bring appropriate clothing for the weather if you are signed up for that day.