Watercolor Artist Brushes

There is a huge selection of watercolour, acrylic and oil brushes available, and when you go into an art shop it can
be confusing to make a sensible choice.

A couple of my Rigger brushes.. remember they are the top brushes for putting in all the darks and detail to finish off.

The range of paint brush sizes can initiallly seem a little daunting when confronted with racks of brushes of all
shapes, types and sizes,and price. I usually browse through the ones designated for watercolour painting first,
initially I would touch feel any I fancied, but these day's I try to judge how and what I would use it for while
creating a painting. Try to focus in your minds eye using it!

Remember though: there is no point spending £20.00 plus for a brush just for it to sit in a tin 364 days a year. So
its worth a little thought reflecting on projected use.
The other important issue is that you shouldn't purchase a brush to use just the tip ! When you paint your going to
switch and hold the brush from alsorts of angles, using the body of the brush, splay it out to achieve stippling
effects and so on.



Personally I can’t afford Kolinsky Sable and tend to use a synthetic/sable blend made for me by a UK brush
manufacturer. That said some of my favourite brushes come from budget £1 pound stores.
sable brush
A Sable brush No 12 is now a ? and doesn't come to a point anymore .. still a favourite though..

I have tended to find that although I have spent money on lots of different brushes I always end up using the same
set as follows. Its not the brush thats important its what you do with it.
I recommend (and mainly use) 4 art brushes, a ¾” or 1” flat one stroke wash, a pointed (round) No6 a No12 and a
standard No1 rigger.

As time goes on you can add other sizes shapes for specific tasks. my choice is just based on experience. If you can
afford sable or a nice squirrel then by all means use them I always feel a little sorry for the animal though.

Points to note: You might have paid quite a bit for it don't just use the "pointed" bit at the end.
Experiment using the brush from the sides, hold it it different ways, a good analogy might be use it like you would
a knife or fork while eating a meal...
Squirrel and Sable or natural brushes wear out, i.e. my current sable number 12 many years on is now a rather dumpy
No 8/9.
Get expert using the rigger, its most likely the last brush you'll use on a painting.. adding darks and detail.
Experiment with the art brush.. have fun with it.

art brush

After 20 years your brush set could look like this