Are you a budding watercolour artist looking for the perfect brushes to enhance your painting experience? Look no further! In this blog post, I will share with you top tips on choosing the right brushes for watercolour painting. From soft and flexible synthetic brushes to high-quality squirrel mop brushes, we’ll explore the pros and cons of different options.
Whether you’re on a tight budget or seeking professional-grade materials, we’ve got you covered. So, let’s dive in and discover the brushes that will bring your watercolour creations to life.
How do watercolour brushes differ from other types of brushes?
Watercolour brushes are softer and more flexible than acrylic or oil painting brushes. They are designed to hold water for various watercolour painting methods. They are designed to be used with a soft delicate medium that has ink-like consistency as opposed to thicker mediums such as oils and acrylics.
You can buy synthetic watercolour brushes ranging from short haired to long tipped ones, which aren’t animal fibre such as goat or squirrel mop but do the job quiet efficiently as watercolour brushes.
A squirrel mop brush is soft, made from squirrel fur and has excellent .
I didn’t buy it just to be, clear on that.
I got it as a gift.
But my preference is for, artificial synthetic brushes.
They are really soft.
The reason being watercolor is a very delicate medium.
It dissolves in water, it’s very wishy-washy.
If you’ve ever seen a watercolour painting, it’s literally like a fluid gentle medium.
And to lift watercolors, you need brushes that are ultra, ultra soft.
See how they flex all the way and see how they’re spread out.
Now, these brushes are really brushes.
I recommend them for students who are just starting off and who don’t have a budget.
But they do give out bristles, which is something that, that’s not preferable.
You need brushes that do not release bristles into your painting.
But for just watercolor medium, I make an exception and, I do recommend these brushes to my students.
The reason being watercolors, once they’re dry, you can lift off.
It is easier to lift off any loose bristles that come off.
Of course, if that’s not preferable, if that’s not what you want, you could go for the better well known brand such as Windsor and Newton, to buy quality professional grade.
The bristles loosening and coming off on your paintings.
It’s not preferable for acrylics and oils.
And the reason is they are much, thicker goo-er mediums.
And if you try, lifting off any of those loose, bristles from your canvas, you’re going to end up spoiling your painting, which is why it’s not recommended, even if it is wet painting.
I prefer quality acrylic and oil brushes with watercolors.
I am a little bit lax in my rules, for my own practice, but I do explain that there are choices depending on your budget, on the type of, brushes that you could buy.
So, yeah, if you have a budget, then go for a better brand of watercolor brushes.
If not, these ones would just work just fine.
It’s a Mont Marte brand, and they have an extensive range of products from really low budget or inexpensive items for our children, school children to, more quality kind of materials for professional artists.
So, you could hop on to just Google out Mont Marte.
I’m not an affiliate with them at the time of shooting this video, but it’s something worth checking out if it’s available, in your country or place of, living.