To get started drawing geometry and painting watercolour mandalas you'll need the following:
The paper you use will definitely affect the outcome of your artwork.
For pencil drawings use cartridge paper, for painting then a heavier watercolour paper is better, to avoid curling crinkled paper as it dries.
There are a host of different textures, and weights to choose from. You could experiment. I tend to use smooth finish paper rather than the very textured as it's easier to achieve fine detail and even lines.
For my workshops I use Bockingford hot pressed smooth 300gsm watercolour paper.
Keeping your pencil sharp is essential while drawing geometry. The thickness of a line by even a couple of mm will affect the accuracy of your drawing.
With this in mind HB, H and 2H pencils are preferable to softer sketching ones.
Windsor and Newton are my first choice. You can buy whole sets of paints, or individual colours by the tube or little compressed blocks.
You'll need a flat wash brush, and a selection of two or three round type brushes of varying size. It's useful to have a very fine brush for details. Pro arte offer a good selection of reasonably priced brushes.
In my workshops students use very basic metal compasses (the sort you screw a small pencil into). These are fine, and have the added advantage that you can swap the pencil for a paint brush and draw shapes using paint!
This is fine for getting started, but if you really get into drawing geometry it's worth investing in set of compasses that offers more accuracy. Size may also be a consideration, if you plan to work on a large scale.
Helix or Rotring make nice sets.
A necessary thing! Metal ones are best as they last longer and keep a clear undamaged edge
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