For this workshop I try to set the bar low and keep the materials list simple and affordable. The minimal list would be a cheap elementary school set of watercolors, a square synthetic brush (any brand, and they shouldn’t be more than about $7, in 1/2″ or 1″), a Micron 005 pen (or similar tech pen that is waterproof with a VERY fine tip) and a pad of cold press watercolor paper about 9×12″. With these supplies you’ll be able to follow along and participate fully. Bear in mind this is NOT a painting class – the watercolor aspect is simply to lay in simple areas of color.
That said, I find there always a few people eager to do more with their paint during the shop, and they find the $6 kit limiting. What I’d suggest is buying a starter kit of tube colors, the $6 kit to use as a palette, and at the shop I’ll show you how to pop out those cheap colors and replace with tube colors. If you have a friend or two you can split that starter kit of tube colors as 1/3 of a tube will fill one well in the palette.
Pictured are examples of common pads, the cheapest (and my favorite) is the light blue Canson XL, (Be sure you get the watercolor pad! They make others in the XL series that look similar.) but any of these or something similar will do. The problem with the Canson XL is that it has a gum binding, not spiral, and I overcome this by having them rebound. Here’s a vid explaining this: http://youtu.be/f_UPyFAVAdw
You might want to do a YouTube search using my name, and there you’ll find several short demos and explanations.