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Aqua Art: The 8 Best Ways to Get Started with Watercoloring

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* All the watercoloring essentials to get you started
* Art can be incredibly therapeutic
* All under $40

So you’ve decided to take up watercoloring, but don’t know where to start. Don’t worry, we’ve already done the work, so you don’t have to. Everything from the basics to upgrades, we’ve picked all the supplies you need to start watercoloring.

1. Crafts 4 ALL Watercolor Paint Set

Brushes and paper aside, you’ll need a basic watercolor paint set. Crafts 4 ALL’s premium 12-color set costs less than $10 and includes three brushes. It’s also an Amazon #1 best seller.

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2. Crafts 4 ALL Paint Brushes

If you’re going to start painting, you’re going to need some brushes and Craft 4 ALL’s 12-piece brush set is an inexpensive way to test the waters. The set includes small, medium and large brushes with a variety of tips, making it ideal for beginners and experienced alike.

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3. Adi’s Art Pro Paint Brush Set

If you’re looking for a gift or an upgrade to your existing brush kit, Adi’s 10-piece Art Pro Paint Brush Set is made from eco-friendly birch wood and features non-shedding nylon bristles that were sourced from Japan.

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4. Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner

Matthew Palmer’s Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner provides a walkthrough of everything there is to know about landscape watercoloring from composition and perspective to in-depth lessons on composition and perspective.

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5. Canson Artist Series Watercolor Pad

French paper manufacturer Canson offers this watercolor specific artist pad that won’t get pulpy when wet and will dry flat. It’s great for sketching on the go and includes 20 sheets of 400g acid-free paper.

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6. Paint This Book!

If there were a manual for watercoloring, it would probably look a lot like Thacher Hurd and John Cassidy’s Paint This Book!. Hurd and Cassidy walk you through the basics of watercoloring through a variety of exercises that you can do right in the book with the included brush and paints. It’s great for kids and adults.

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7. Color Swell 36 Set Watercolor Paint Pack

These are exactly what you think they are. Yes, these childhood favorites come in a set of 36 paint packs making them perfect for paint kits, art parties or even stocking stuffers.

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8. US Art Supply Deluxe Art Creativity Set

Sometimes an all-in-one set is the easiest way to get the ball rolling on your artistic journey. This 82 piece Deluxe Art Creativity Set from US Art Supply includes: 24 colored pencils, 24 oil pastels, 24 watercolor cakes, 3 Mixing trays, 2 brushes, sharpener, sanding block, eraser, and 2 30-sheet drawing sketch pads. All of which is bundled into a handsome wooden box.

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