top products - Scrawny Girl's picks

Howdy! I'm Shawna the artist behind Scrawny Girl & I'm sharing my top product picks for watercolor art today!

I have a BFA in Studio Art, which means I took at least one class in most things arty. I used to work in a pottery studio and teach art lessons to children in a private studio, but now I'm a stay at home mom living the dream....

 I get asked regularly about my process and the products I use. Today I hope to shed some light on what it is I do and inspire you to pick up a paintbrush!

 Paint palette

Watercolor normally involves mixing colors and needing a way to keep those colors separate. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, you could even use an ice cube tray.

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In college I only used tube paints. The brands I currently use are Grumbacher and Van Gogh. These are highly pigmented and will last you a long time, but are a bit on the pricey side. I just recently purchased the Angora water color cakes to save me time on mixing/recreating colors. Both of these can give you super saturated colors, just by using less water.

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There are so many to choose from, and it really depends on personal preference. Two brands I'm using right now are Grumbacher and Winsor & Newton Cotman. 4. Ink pens. I go through ink pens like crazy. Right now I'm using Sakura Pigma Sensei and Micron pens. I hope to switch over to Copic markers in the near future!

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Graphite paper.

As a lefty I smear pencil lead everywhere! In college a professor told me to transfer my sketches to my nice paper/canvas using graphite paper - or learn to draw from right to left.


I currently use a multi media paper to paint on because that's what I've gotten used to, but I also use watercolor paper from time to time. Again just depends on what you prefer. I recommend trying different types of papers to find out what you like.


All the products I use can be found at your local hobby store or Amazon. Check back next week for a peek into my process!

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What are your favorite watercolor supplies or brands? Share them in the comments! 


  1. I love this post! What a treat to learn the tools of the trade!

  2. I'm always fascinated by other artists process/tools. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Thanks! It's interesting to see how other people do arty things!

  3. I love seeing lists like this! I just unearthed a box of Grumbacher water colors from when I was in college and I've been wanting to do something with them! It's been a long time since I've painted!

  4. I really love this it was very helpful, and I am very excited to use you're advice