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: Watercolour brushes

09-26-2018, 01:54 AM
Hi All,
Just joined as I am looking for some advice, my Wife has just taken up watercolour, I am looking to buy a "set" of brushes that will get her going. I am a lifelong fisherman & am painfully aware that poor quality equipment often leads to frustration (plus I have spent the proverbial fortune on rods/reels over the years so want to reply in kind).
The question is what would be the best "set" of brushes to buy as a gift for her (I am based in the UK)?

I will pass the account over to my Wife once she gets going, experience has taught me that so much valuable information can be gleaned from forums such as this.

09-26-2018, 09:30 AM
A mit more precisely about that water color? :-)
Because all the mediums not the same... either the technique what she planning to use.

03-04-2019, 04:05 AM
Watercolor brushes come in many shapes. For beginners I recommend to start with round brushes, and add a flat brush if you want. The highest class (and most expensive) brushes are made of sable hair. The finest brush being the kolinsky sable

03-10-2019, 04:49 PM
I imagine you've already made your purchase but to anyone else:

The Princeton Heritage 4050's are a good choice and they sell a set of 4 on Amazon for about 25 bucks. After reading several reviews the one that sold me was: "A respectable set of mid-range brushes. Perfect for students and experienced artists wont want to throw them in a wood chipper".

Starting out (and as no stranger to quality art supplies in other mediums) this is what I bought and I got a cheap set as well. Even at an amateur level the difference was night and day so my cheap set was immediately assigned 'decoy' duty to prevent my niece and nephew from abusing the 4050's.

04-29-2020, 07:00 AM
Thanks. I've joined and just found my way around this forum!! I have just started and bought a set of (unbranded) brushes through Create and Craft. I have tried to get them to tell me who the suppliers are but they won't. It is a starter set - and included a size 16 round brush. Whoever manufactured it - it is great. I subsequently bought some others Daeler Rowney ones in smaller sizes. Rubbish - hairs splayed out like a child's paint brush. I am prepared to pay for a Kolinsky brush if that is the best - but what size would complement what I have? I'm not aiming for landscapes - rather more small 'suggested' florals. The ultimate aim is to put them on greeting cards.
And I would also be grateful for which paper is best? Cost is not really significant as I will only be using pieces about 6" square max, possibly only 4".
I have loads of other questions, but don't want to start eye rolling when people read my posts.

05-10-2020, 07:14 AM
I, too, like Princeton brushes (https://www.princetonbrush.com/brushes-princeton-brush-company-art-brushes/watercolor-princeton-brush-company-watercolor-brush/), and their line includes student through professional artist qualities.

My problem is that I have to try every brush there is. Many artists and wanna-be's suffer from this addiction, and it doesn't take long to build a respectable collection. :vs_laugh: