Do you use the pan or tube
I'd love to see a photo of your set up. -Brenda
The tube colors are set in a Mijello Watercolor Palette which is airtight and leak proof. I leave a folded paper towel saturated with water in the middle to keep the colors moist day to day. The top mixing tray is removable, clear plastic set into the white cover with an indent in the bottom right corner to slip the end of a brush in to pry it up for easy washing (smart...somebody was thinking). I also use three porcelain mixing trays because they don't leave behind the stains of previous colors.
My brushes are almost all rounds, the bigger the better, Winsor & Newton (sable-synthetic mix) and Princeton (synthetic); pure sable are way to expensive and I actually prefer the synthetics. Oh, and I sometimes use really cheap chip brushes, the flats cost thirty cents.
I only use colors with maximum permanence, all but one are Winsor & Newton;
these are truly more than I need; picked them based on seeing what other artist's
use. It's an ongoing evolving selection for I tend to go to specific colors again and again.
Clockwise starting at twelve o'clock...
Naples Yellow - a nice
surprise very light yellow brown, almost Caucasian flesh
Permanent Sap Green
Olive Green -
my favorite green
Madder - my fun surprise tending to a rich dark red
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Center pan clockwise from eleven o'clock....
Jaune Brilliant Number 2
(Holbein brand) - the best Caucasian flesh, ready to go
And I still use my Koi Watercolors Pocket Field Sketch Box sets sometimes when popping out and traveling super light, 12 pans and 24 pans, with their nylon water brushes (the water in the handle that floats out with a squeeze). A 12 pan set with a Strathmore 4" x 6" Watercolor Postcard set were my introduction to watercolors. My first watercolor exhibition (on my blog HERE) was painted with this, the 12 and 24 sets on these handy 4" x 6". It makes a great inexpensive gift ($19.42 for everything) that keeps on giving.