One of the beauties of watercolor is how portable and the few things you need to create really stunning paintings. At the same time, there is room to try new materials and techniques that stretches a lifetime.
Artist Quality Watercolor Paints
Student Grade Watercolor Paints
To start, get a good all-around kit with different shapes. Then the more you work you realize what brushes you use the most and can buy those separately and in greater quality for finer brushwork and longer lasting.
Paper is usually underlooked. When you’re just starting out you usually also need to practice brushwork techniques, perspective, anatomy, and more where the paper only helps so much. When you have that in place the paper is important and I usually buy 300g/m2 and try to have finer hot-pressed and cold-pressed/rough paper as they offer different painting techniques.
Cold Press Watercolor Paper
Hot Press Watercolor Paper
Rough Watercolor Paper
When you’re intermediate I think these additions can be useful to add to your watercolor toolkit.
Gifts to someone who loves watercolor painting (coming)