I thought it'd be fun to share about the supplies that I'm using at the moment. I don't think there's one right or wrong way to do things in art and this is just me sharing what I'm doing right now. I've changed over time and I'm sure I'll change things up even more. So with that said, this is my current watercolor set up.
I've got a few different brands of tube watercolors. I originally had them set up in these plastic divided boxes. (If you do this set up, be sure the dividers are sealed to the bottom. Don't use the kind of boxes where you can move the dividers around because the paint will seep underneath into its neighbor's cubby.) I have two boxes, one with warm colors and the other with cool ones. I used a Sharpie to write the color names in the corresponding spot on the lid. This was a good set up for me when working from home but I wanted something a little more portable. I bought a cheap fold up palette and squirted my old paints into it. Since it's much smaller I had to choose just my favorite colors but I can always switch colors out later. I like the large mixing areas on this one and now I use this smaller palette for most everything.
I use pretty cheap brushes. The yellow one is my favorite and I'm pretty sure I stole it from my daughter's watercolor set. The other two were bought from Michael's with a coupon. I really loved the watercolor Moleskin sketchbook and will definitely be doing one of those again. I like to draw with just a plain ol' #2 pencil and then I use a 4B and 6B to darken. I love my kneaded eraser and use it everyday along with a basic pink eraser. I was doing acrylic paintings on these wood panels. I like the chunky look of these when hanging on the wall. Recently I've been doing my first layer in acrylic on the wood and then adding watercolor washes on top. *not pictured--I use a little spray bottle of water to wet my paints each time. I also keep a little chart of my colors nearby like this one.
I began the year working upstairs in a bay window area. This summer I moved my working space downstairs to our kitchen/dining area. Recently our neighbor moved out and left this dresser at the curb. We hauled it inside and I painted it white. I lined the drawers with old maps and put all my supplies inside. I like that I can stand to paint at the dresser or sit to work at the desk.
Some of the best art advice I've ever gotten was to consistently use the best art supplies that I can afford. Many years ago I'd buy newsprint to practice on and heavy (expensive) paper for the good drawings. Then this would happen--I'd make really great drawings on the newsprint and terrible ones on the good paper. I'd stress about making the 'good' drawings good because the paper was so expensive. What worked better for me was to buy a middle grade paper and use it all the time. This way, I could work loosely knowing I could afford to mess up.
And last, every studio needs a furry assistant. If you don't have one, you're missing out! Check out your local rescue immediately.