Watercolour Painting in Greece


Materials to Bring


Dear Painter,


These are suggestions for beginners – experienced painters will already know what suits them best !




‘Pans’ or tubes, artist quality paints are much better – go for quality rather than quantity! This is a good basic palette, it is not definitive but try to have at least one ‘warm’ and one ‘cool’ shade of the primary colours and a couple of ‘earth’ colours.


LemonYellow (cool)

Cadmium Yellow Pale (warm)


Cadmium Red (cool)

Alizarin Crimson (warm)


Monestial (Winsor) Blue (cool)

French Ultramarine (warm)


Raw Sienna (earth)

Raw Umber (earth)

Burnt Sienna (earth)


These Colours I find particularly useful in the Mediterranean environment, and you may like to consider:


Cobalt Turquoise (expensive but a lovely colour to have in The Aegean), Cerulean and Cobalt Blues, Cobalt Violet, Naples Yellow and a pink, for example Rose Doré

or Shell Pink.







Bring plenty – a watercolour ‘block’, glued at the edges is very convenient . A sketch book and  some cheaper paper is a good idea. Try to bring a variety of textures – “not’ or cold – pressed is a good  all round texture.




At least one decent size ( 10 or 12 ) good quality sable or synthetic equivalent that will point well.


Some other useful brushes include a ‘rigger’ for finer lines, a ‘mop’ (eg squirrell)  for large washes and a coarser ‘hog’ for lifting off pigment. An old toothbrush for ‘spattering’


Other Things


Important other things include a mixing palette, some pencils ( soft eg 2B) a putty rubber, a drawing board ( a piece of card will do) and masking tape for dealing with loose paper, masking fluid and perhaps a lightweight folding stool. Water pots can be improvised locally !


Most Important


Don’t feel you have to spend a fortune. A little goes a long way and if you have fewer colours you’ll get to know them better. One good brush is better than lots of mediocre ones.


Looking forward to meeting you in Greece