by Ellie Jakeman October 27, 2021 3 min read
There are many watercolour brushes on the market, various shapes, various sizes, natural or synthetic bristles and all come with different price tag! As a beginner, it may be likely that you wish to spend as little as possible whilst deciding if watercolours are for you?
It can be confusing deciding what brush you will need for certain techniques, in this video we have tried to show you how versatile our ARTdiscount brushes are whilst not breaking the bank! As you become more confident and more skilful we have a full range of other brushes on offer.
This week we feature Round shape brushes. We have showcased our no 10, no 6, and no 2 round brushes from our own ARTdiscount collection. Our brushes are the ultimate synthetic watercolour brushes and therefore animal friendly. They are crafted from Taklon, using a blend of differing hair diameters. They give a combination of colour holding, precision and endurance. Round brushes are the most versatile and widely used brush for watercolour painting, their shape makes them suitable for small details and delicate lines, but also for broader strokes and washes. In the video below you can see the variety of marks made by the same brushes, this all depends on the pressure applied; light, medium or heavy and the angle of the brush in which you deliver the paint to the paper.
The marks created also are dependant on how much you load your brush with water and pigment. For this video the brushes were not too wet and had a sufficient pigment load to carry out lots of investigations. Notice also where the focus of the grip is on the handle, some of the marks were made holding the brush at the top of the handle loosely and some were made holding the handle of the brush close to the ferrule.
Basic Anatomy of a Watercolour Brush
I have had a strong interest in the visual and creative arts since a very early age. I completed with great success ‘A’ level Fine Art, Textile and Embroidery City and Guilds, Foundation Diploma in Fine Art, (BA hons) Degree in Embroidery and Textiles from Manchester Metropolitan University and a PGCE from the University of Huddersfield. I have taught Art and Design, Fashion and Textiles, Textile design and Fine Art print and Illustration for over 20 years. Before teaching I was a freelance artist and illustrator and decided 4 years ago I would return to freelance and commissioned work. I have created many domestic and commercial murals for hospitals and hospices. I work part time for ARTdiscount as a content creator and product tester.
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