How to Choose the Right Watercolor Brushes to Get Started

There are different kinds of brushes available in the market but not all these brushes are applicable for watercolor painting. Read on to find out how to select the appropriate brushes for your watercolor painting endeavors. If you are a beginner in watercolor painting, one thing to consider is choosing watercolor brushes that identify your own needs. There are different kinds of brushes available in the market but not all these brushes are applicable for watercolor painting. There are specific brushes which is best for watercolor painting.

Before you shop for watercolor brushes you must first do some research about different types of brushes and what type of brush will suit the marks you want to achieve. Buying the right brushes for your watercolor painting affects the outcome of your painting.

Here are tips on how to choose watercolor brushes.

First you must make research on the different kinds of brushes, and then make sure to familiarize the parts of the brush, the different shapes and types of hairs. Once you know how to recognize the quality of a brush then it’s time for you to shop. When purchasing brush in a store, it is best to try it first to see its quality. Once you try the brush you will know if it is for you or not. And you will be able to test the quality of the brush one you try it since you cannot see the true difference without trying it. How will you test the brush? Request a jar of water then dip the brush into the water and see how the edges form. After that squeeze out the excess water from the brush then you will see how the brush holds water.   

There are different types of watercolor brushes base on the material it’s made of. The synthetic brushes and sable brushes. Synthetic brushes is cheaper than sable. A sable brush is made of natural hairs from animal’s tail and expensive. Sable brush has beautiful strokes than synthetic brush. There are brushes that are made of the combination of both synthetic and sable. It takes time and patience to choose watercolor brushes so it is best to buy the best quality as long as it covers with your budget. And high quality brushes last long than cheaper one. For watercolor painting a 100% sable brush is best to use. But if you’re a novices and don’t want to spend too much money, a sable-synthetic hair mix is a good option.

There are three types of brush shapes. The round brush, flat brush and mop brush. Round brushes are use for finer details and it is very versatile that can also be use for larger strokes. Flat brushes are for large washes and usually use for the water dispersal. And mop brush is use for laying down washes. One big mistake made by beginners is buying many small brushes thinking that this will create fine lines; this is a no-no so avoid making this mistake.

For beginners here are some of the basic brushes that you must have. Three round brush sizes 3, 6 and 10 because these are usually used in any painting techniques. Two flat wash brush sizes 1/2 or ¾ inch and 1 inch are also advisable for novices. You must also have a mop brush also known as oval brush. To make your brushes last long, proper care and good storage is the key.

In choosing watercolor brushes it is vital to know the different usage of the brushes. And to choose good quality brushes so that your money will not be wasted and you’re painting will have a good outcome.

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Sheila B  - Thanks   |:
Very good info.. will save me a lot of money..I didn't want to buy a artist many materials I would never use. Every maker of art supplies have their
own texture, thickness and color tintures.

I want to start with quality
materials that I will learn to use as I learn to do water color painting.
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