This page is dedicated to showing you the paints I personally use and have purchased myself. Please note that if an item was sent to me for review and is listed here, it will be noted next to that item. Please also note that when you click on the affiliate links below, I do receive a small commission, however, again, these are items I have personally purchased and use, unless otherwise stated.
Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Paint Sketchers’ Pocket Box:
When I first began watercolor painting, I did a lot of research on what to start with being a newb. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money, but I didn’t want silly paint a child would use. This one seemed to get great reviews so I bought it as my introduction into watercolor. I very quickly went through these and bought an even bigger one with even more colors. While this is not technically a professional grade paint, it is a great paint for learning and eventually if you get to a point of selling your paintings, these are a great stepping stone into professional grade.
Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Studio Set:
When I realized how quickly I went through my pocket box (because I was painting all of the time and mixing colors) I decided to branch out and get the 45 pan set. In times past, this has been a very expensive palette, but it seems to have come down in price since last I looked. These watercolors provide a large array of gorgeous watercolor pigments that you’re possibilities are virtually endless. It’s kind of a pain to unpack it when you first get it because each pan is individually wrapped, but well worth the hassle.
Reeves 24 Pack Watercolor Paint Set
Ok, let’s get real for a minute. I’m pretty sure most professionals don’t use Reeves. It’s the kind you can find at places like Joann that you really only buy when you’re an amateur, but being that I am an amateur, I actually really like my Reeves paints. These are a different approach from your typical pan sets in that they are essentially the same, but they haven’t been dried into a pan. They are extremely vibrant and a little goes a long way. I’ve had my set for almost 3 years and I’m only just now starting to use the last of them. I’d say I don’t get the granulation from these that I get from other paints, but when you’re looking for a smooth paint, these are wonderful.