So it all started by digging out my old art supplies...and I'll admit I've had fun shopping for new tools too. This watercolor palette is one of my favorite things, purchased at Blick Art Supply online. The sketchbook is a Moleskin.
in this blog post. I've since changed out a lot of colors for professional grade watercolors but the principal is the same as to how to set up the palette.
Liz Steel. She does fantastic watercolor sketches and travels around the world, teaching and sketching. She shares a lot of great information and has two classes that I'm sure are very informative. It's fun to take a look at her current sketching tools section which is across the top of her blog.