“Kill Your Artist Block” 365 Day Series Day 5 – Drawing Materials – Paints And Pastels


Hello and welcome back to the 365 Day Series of “Kill Your Artist Block.” Today, it’s paint day. I’ll be talking about several different kinds of paint. I won’t get to all of them today, but most. I’m including links to the products I’ve talked about here, in case you need to find them for yourself.


This is a really sweet, little watercolor paint set that is called a Field Sketch Box. You can take it with you on trips to paint “Plein Air” (outside). It comes with a little water container and some wells so you can mix colors. It closes up into a really neat, small box you can tuck in your backpack.


Note: En plein air – French for outdoors, or plein air painting)

If you’re on a very tight budget and just want to practice watercolor painting, this is a great set I found on Amazon for dirt cheap. These and the watercolor set above are called cake type or palette type sets. The colors are in a dry, cake-type style that you have to add lots of water to. [Amazon.com]

These Daler-Rowney paints are great if you don’t have a lot of money and want the tube-style of watercolor paints. These don’t need as much water and don’t dry out as fast on a palette. You pretty much get every color you’ll need or can mix. [Amazon]

While the previous watercolor paints are ones I use often for everyday practice painting, when I want to paint a professional work and sell it or keep it, I use one of the next two types of paint.

These paints are liquid and are extremely vivid in color. You don’t need much water at all, and they go a long way. They are called PH Martins.


Grumbacher is also an excellent watercolor product. A little pricey, but it’s worth it for professional work. [Amazon.com]

Also for the budget-minded are these Prang brand watercolors. These are a little different than the cake version mentioned above. These are semi-moist, so you won’t have to add as much water to them. They are extremely inexpensive and a great way to practice.  [Amazon.com]

That’s all for this lesson. I hope these watercolor paints inspire you to get working on your next masterpiece.

We’ll be talking a lot more about paints in the next lesson.

See you soon!


Here’s where you can find some of the products from this article:

Daler Rowney watercolors: 

Koi Watercolor Set

Angora Watercolor Pan Set

Dr PH Martin’s Liquid Watercolor Set

Grumbacher Watercolor Tubes Set

Prang 16 Watercolor Set