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The unique synthetic fibers in the Raphaël Soft Aqua brush brush offer a fluid retention capacity equal to no other, holding twice as much color as conventional brushes.
The wavy, undulating shape of the fibers creates spaces that hold water molecules — in contrast to conventional synthetic fibers, which are straight and slippery.
The Raphaël Soft Aqua brush is ideal for watercolors, ink, gouache, tempera, and diluted acrylics.
® Raphaël is a registered trademark.
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from Olympia, WA
Comments about Raphaël Raphaël Soft Aqua Brush:
Wonderful synthetic squirrel brush. While it doesn't have the paint carrying capacity of my Isabey squirrel mop, it is the best synthetic brush that I have tried so far. When using it, I do not miss my Isabey squirrel mop as much. Plus, I am not as paranoid about about losing or damaging it.It has a nice point and large water holding capacity compared to the synthetic sable or golden taklon brushes that I have tried. Princeton Neptune is also pretty good, but I like the size 0 mop that Raphael offers, and Princeton doesn't offer a mop in that size.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Gettysburg, PA
This brush has brought back the love of watercolor for me. A big brush I can do almost a whole painting with, even details to some degree.
I won't be caught without it
I purchased the quill mop in a size 6. The size us just right for my purpose and I can't say enough positive things about the quality. I own some of the best natural brushes available ; sable and squirrel quills, this one is right there with the best. I find it provides more control than a full squirrel. #1 pick for my plein air kit. Will definitely purchase more.
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from cocoa beach florida
Comments about Raphaël Soft Aqua Quill:
I love this brush. I got the #4 quill. I have painted several watercolors with it and it is my new favorite brush. It holds a LOT of water. I used it for 11x 15" landscape/ seascape paintings and it lasted plenty of time after being loaded. It has a sharp point and feels very comfortable in my hand. Perfect balance. I painted the paintings below with mostly this brush.
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Most of this painting painted with this brush. #4
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Most of painting painted with this brush. #4
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
I love this brush
I am a watercolor artist. I have painted a few 11x15" watercolor paintings with this brush and It works fabulous. I have the #4. It holds a ton of water/paint and has a really nice, fine point. It is very well made and has a short handle with a perfect balance. It is extremely controllable, versatile and easy to use. It has become my new favorite and best brush. I have many brush's. If I could only have one brush for all my paintings, it would be this one. The painting below was painted almost all with this brush accept the fine boat detail. Make particular note of the sail wash.
Painted mostly with Raphael Soft Aqua #4
This product's quality compared to similar, competitive alternatives is : Best in its categoryThe price of this product compared to similar, competitive alternatives is : A fantastic dealI got the size zero quill brush to see if this brand is any good, and I got to say it is truly an amazing brush. I will for sure get more brushes from this line. the brush keeps its fine sharp point. I love the softness of this brush yet it still has very nice spring. love love love. again, definitely getting more brushes from this line. you can beat the price and the quality.
I got the size zero quill brush to see if this brand is any good, and I got to say it is truly an amazing brush. I will for sure get more brushes from this line. the brush keeps its fine sharp point. I love the softness of this brush yet it still has very nice spring. love love love. again, definitely getting more brushes from this line. you can beat the price and the quality.
I love this new brush by Raphael!
This brush is comparable to their Kolinsky sable which I have used for years for my watercolors and love but at a fraction of the cost. Terrific brush!
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
I can't believe it's synthetic!!
By cactus girl
from The Great Southwest
I bought one of these brushes (round, size 16) several weeks ago when they were first offered for sale. I find myself when painting with watercolor that I keep reaching for it and forgetting that it is a synthetic! It can really hold quite a bit of water/pigment and my paint flows so smoothly onto my paper. The bristles are wonderfully soft and it behaves just about as well as my natural squirrel brushes for much less cost. I am so happy with this one brush that I have ordered several more, mostly rounds. The size 16 that I got is similar in size to most of my size 10 sable brushes.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Works like a dram
This is the brush Ive been waiting for. Background info: I (try) to paint watercolors in the style of Zbukvic and Castagnet, which means That especially in the early stages I like to utilize a large squirrel quill brush. However, I wanted to use synthetic hairs, but not sacrifice any performance. I had previously been using the cheap squirrel quills, which i felt guilty about, and they had performed decently but i couldn't help but notice a difference in the look/length between them and the hard to afford Raphael/Isabey versions. These new synthetics first of all are made by Raphael, and the brush heads look just like their real squirrel hair brushes in pointedness and length. But lastly and most importantly, these synthetic hairs FEEL and PERFORM better than the cheap version of the real hair brush. Liquid retention is identical, or close enough that my naked senses cant tell any difference. The hairs softness feels the same too, but the major improvement in performance is that they hold a sharp tip as you paint. Lastly is price: these cost about the same as the cheaper real hair brushes, but perform like Ive seen the expensive real hair brushes do in tutorial videos.
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