Watercolor Brushes


Watercolor Brushes typically have long, absorbent hairs, and the best are of natural fiber. By tradition, a watercolor brush has a short handle, since the artist executes fine detail and works close to the paper or medium.

High-end watercolor brushes, such as Kolinsky sable pointed rounds, are prized for their ability to keep a fine point, useful for detail work. Desired qualities include resiliency and snap.

The cost and scarcity of high-quality natural fibers has fostered the development of good synthetic alternatives. Synthetic watercolor brushes can be used with other media.

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Sable for Watercolors
Sable
Sable Blend/Ox
Ox and Pony
     
    Squirrel for Watercolors
    Squirrel
    Squirrel Blend
     
    Synthetic Sable for Watercolors
    Medium Synthetic
    Soft Synthetic
    Synthetic Squirrel
    White Synthetic
     
    Oval or Round Wash
    Sable Oval Wash
    Squirrel Oval Wash
    Synthetic Wash
     
    Square or Flat Wash
    Natural
    Sable Flat Wash
    Sable Blend Flat Wash
    Squirrel Flat Wash
    Squirrel Blend Flat Wash
    Hake
    Synthetic
    Student Flat Wash
     
    Watercolor Brush Sets
    Travel and Pocket Brushes
    Studio Watercolor Brush Sets
    Student Sets
     
    Individual Brushes
    Student Sets
    Student Flat Wash
    Student Oval Wash
     
    Camel/Pony
    Scholastic Sable
    Colored Synthetic
    Golden Synthetic
    White Synthetic
    Scholastic Flat Wash
    Scholastic Oval Wash
     

    Blick Guide to Brush Shapes

    Blick Guide to Brush Hair

    Blick Guide to Brush Sizes

     

    Angular

    Angular

    DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

    Flat ferrule, short-length hairs, set with longer hairs at one end. Useful for precise strokes, and for lines and curves, with thick or heavy color.

    MEDIA

    watercolor
    acrylic
    decorative

    FIBER

    bristle
    synthetic

    Bright

    Bright

    DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

    Flat ferrule, short-length hairs, usually set in a long handle. Width and length of brush head is about equal. Useful for short, controlled strokes, and with thick or heavy color.

    MEDIA

    oil
    acrylic
    decorative

    FIBER

    sable mongoose
    bristle
    badger
    synthetic

    Filbert

    Filbert

    DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

    Thick, flat ferrule and oval-shaped medium to long hairs. Long handles. Natural hair is more suitable for blending because the hairs hold together when wet. With its soft rounded edges, the filbert is suitable for blending and figurative work.

    MEDIA

    oil
    acrylic
    decorative

    FIBER

    sable
    mongoose
    bristle
    badger
    synthetic

    Flat

    Flat

    DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

    Flat ferrule, square-ended, with medium to long hairs. Provides lots of color capacity and easy maneuverability. Use for bold, sweeping strokes, or on edge for fine lines. Use heavier filling for heavier paint.

    MEDIA

    all
    media

    FIBER

    sable
    mongoose
    bristle
    badger
    synthetic

    Mop

    Mop

    DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

    A mop is a round, full version of the wash brush, made of soft, absorbent natural hair. It is useful for laying in large areas of water or color, for wetting the surface, and for absorbing excess media.

    MEDIA

    watercolor

    FIBER

    squirrel

    Oval Wash

    Oval Wash

    DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

    Wash brushes come in varied shapes. The oval wash has rounded hairs, flat ferrules, and produces a soft edge, with no point. A wash brush is useful for laying in large areas of water or color, for wetting the surface, and for absorbing excess media.

    MEDIA

    watercolor

    FIBER

    squirrel
    ox
    bristle
    synthetic

    Round

    Round

    DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

    Round ferrule, round or pointed tip. Useful for detail, wash, fills, and thin to thick lines. A pointed round is used for fine detail. A detailer is a pointed round with very short hair.

    MEDIA

    all media

    FIBER

    all hair
    synthetic

    Script/Liner

    Script

    DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

    Pointed, narrow brush with very long hair. Liners are shorter and narrower. Short handles, round ferrules. Large color carrying capacity. Useful for delicate lettering, highlighting, outlining, and long continuous strokes.

    MEDIA

    watercolor
    decorative
    ink
    sign paint

    FIBER

    sable
    ox
    synthetic

    Square Wash

    Square Wash

    DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

    Wash brushes come in varied shapes. The square wash can produce varying shapes and widths, and often has a short, "flat-footed" handle for scraping, burnishing, and separating watercolor paper from blocks. A wash brush is useful for laying in large areas of water or color, for wetting the surface, and for absorbing excess media.

    MEDIA

    watercolor

    FIBER

    squirrel
    ox
    bristle
    synthetic

     

    Videos
    • The History of Blick Brand Brushes
      The History of Blick Brand Brushes

      From our beginning in 1911 until now, Blick has been offering Blick brand brushes. Our CEO, Bob Buchsbaum, reveals his grandfather's historical "brush with fame" and explains why Blick brand brushes are a great choice for any artist, at any level, with any budget.

    • Escoda Artists' Brushes
      Escoda Artists' Brushes

      The Escoda family has been making some of the finest artists' brushes since 1933. Take a tour of the Escoda factory in Sabadell, Spain and see how these world renown brushes are made — by hand!

    • Escoda Tadami Synthetic Modernista Brushes
      Escoda Tadami Synthetic Modernista Brushes

      The Escoda family is known for crafting some of the finest brushes available. The Modernista is a synthetic bristle designed to replicate the feel of a Mongoose natural hair brush. See why these brushes are a great choice for acrylic and oil painters.

    • Robert Simmons Brushes
      Robert Simmons Brushes

      Daler Rowney has a long tradition of brush manufacturing. These professional quality, hand-made brushes are crafted from only the finest raw materials and offer a life-time guarentee against defects in materials or workmanship. See the six series of brushes offered in the Robert Simmons line.

     

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