Installment 2 of the Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor series is all about brushes. Today we are talking about the good, the bad, and the super ugly!
If you missed a part, or want to review something else, here is the article list.
- Part 1 – The Paint
- Part 2 – The Brushes (you are here!)
- Part 3 – The Paper
- Part 4 – Everything Else
- Part 5 – 5 Quick and Easy Backgrounds
Straight away I will tell you what I consider to be a “good” brush.
- It must not shed. I do not want to be picking stray hairs out of my paint. I already have to battle the cat and dog hair at home.
- It must not have paint on the handle flaking off onto my hands and onto my painting. Again, gross.
- It must do what it was designed to do! If it’s a mop brush, it should hold lots of paint and water and let go of that paint and water when applied to the paper.
- Round brushes must have a nice point and hold that shape. This is going to be personal as to how firm you like your brushes to be, and how much “snap back,” or elasticity you like.
- The ferrule can’t be coming off the handle.
- I prefer it to be labeled for size. This just helps me when I’m painting so I know what one I want to reach for again to get the same stroke. Sizes vary between brands, but knowing which size and brand you used helps to recreate the strokes you want.