✚ Paper: I have been using the beautiful Arches watercolor blocks lately and I am so in love with them. This block is 10×14 inches, hot pressed, %100 cotton and it has a lovely,smooth texture (this helps when scanning artworks too) and makes your colors look richer and brighter. They are a bit pricier, but the quality you get is definitely worth it. You can find them here.
✚ Color: I used a little Yarka St. Petersburg watercolor set that I got a while ago and I customized it with a few extra color pans. The colors are beautiful, highly pigmented and vibrant (to me, they feel very similar to the Schmincke watercolors). You can find the set here.