Originally Posted by UnderstandBlue
I love Tombow markers, just the reinkers from my SU Inkpads, FineTec pan watercolor, Peerless watercolor, Brusho and Koi. Oh and Dr. Ph Martin Hydrus (recently).
It's all fun!
Watercolor is my favorite medium too. I'm not very good at it, but it's so relaxing and fun. I took a watercolor class this past spring and really fell in love with it. I wasn't happy at first since my instructor, it was a college course, required purchasing professional tube colors. WOW, one 10ml tube of Winsor Newton cost me $22.00! I may have found it cheaper, but waited till the last minute to get it. Well let me say, I've found there's a huge difference between artist quality and student products. The colors are so rich, clear, vibrant, and a tiny dollop of color in a pallet lasts a long time, I'm hooked!
I now have a substantial amount of colors, and just love them. I carry a portable palette with me to appointments and anytime I know there'll be a wait. My portable palette was a lifesaver while sitting in hospital waiting rooms and sitting with my DH during his five hospitalizations this year.
I love every single medium and product mentioned by Lydia, the real artist! Like Lydia, I love using all types of mediums! I'm certainly not saying one has to purchase artist grade, but if it's in your budget you'll be very happy you did. One can purchase a few tubes or pans at a time, and there are other brands as good as Winsor Newton priced cheaper. I've a set of White Knights artist grade colors, a travel pallet of full pans priced reasonably. Watercolor pencils are another option, although I find them cumbersome.
In the end, just buy what you like. Colors brighten a cloudy day and make you happy. Have fun and get lost in colors!