WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY- EPISODE 4 'Exploration of Brushes PART 2-FLAT'

November 04, 2020 2 min read

WATERCOLOUR WEDNESDAY- EPISODE 4 'Exploration of Brushes PART 2-FLAT'

Welcome to Episode 4!
Ellie Jakeman, guides you through how to use your new flat and fan brushes with mark-making, textures and patterns......
Flat Brushes are useful for both washes, strong linear strokes, creating gradients and also great for blocking out colour.
Our synthetic fibre ARTessentials are the ultimate synthetic watercolour brushes and therefore animal friendly.Crafted from Taklon, using a blend of differing hair diameters, these brushes give a combination of colour holding, precision and endurance. Ranging from a 1/8" to a size 2", it is the most comprehensive range in the Artist’s Value series.
A large wash brush (2") holds a lot of water and is just the right size to wet your painting for a wet-into-wet start. It’s also perfect for laying in big washes of colour. Flat brushes are excellent for creating strong lines and straight edges (such as buildings), as well as for lifting paint with the thirsty brush technique.
Fan Brushes are great for creating textures, especially with a dry brush technique or a painting wet-on-wet technique.
To create a varigated mark, the brush can be dipped in two different watercolours.
Dry brushing technique invloves more pigment than water and apply the paint by dragging on a dry surface resulting in a more textured mark. It's a useful technique for painting hair, grass, and fur.  To load a fan brush with paint for dry brushing techniques, take a dry brush and touch the very tips into the paint a few times. Ideally the paint won't be very fluid, but quite stiff or buttery so it sits at the end of the brush hairs and doesn't seep up.
When using a fan brush for wet-on-wet techniques you can easily disperse the paint as the fan brush holds the pigment well. Dotting technique creates a more textured outcome.
Our ARTdiscount Bristle Brushes - Fan are made with  Nickel-plated brass ferrule with coloured wooden handle that is made with wood from managed forests.
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