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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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Synthetic Sable for Watercolors
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Oval or Round Wash
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Square or Flat Wash
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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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