PAPER: Strathmore Watercolor Paper 90lb. I like this one because I can scrub and it doesn't ball up. I use 90lb. because it can go through my printer for digis! I use an Epson Printer to print with and it does NOT smudge. My HP Printer smudges terribly. My Epson is a cheap $49 Stylus NX105.
PAINTBRUSHES: I use three different brushes, all necessary for me haha! 1 large waterbarrel brush, a #0 round by American Painter made of Taklon, and a #1 Round by American Painter made of Taklon. These last two brushes are super cheap!!! I think they are $2.79 from Michaels and I replace the #1 pretty often as soon as it loses it's shape. See how it loses it shape below:
INK: I always use the Distress Ink REFILLS. I know the pads can be used, but I just prefer to use the refills. I put a few drops in watercolor palette such as this:
I lay it in a drawer when I am done and don't cover it or anything. The ink will not dry out!
I think I have about covered most of the questions I have been getting! Feel free to comment if you have more questions and I will edit this post with answers!