Over the years I have spent a fair amount of money on watercolour brushes and much like a good pen I often become very attached to them. I have never had one specific brand that I favour but I do know a good brush when I see and feel it, and so imagine my surprise when I was recently introduced to a brush that ticked all the boxes, but is incredibly inexpensive and from a maker I don’t usually give a second glance to.
Rapid watercolour/gouache demonstration – using inexpensive brush……
The criteria for a good working watercolour brush is that it should hold a good amount of paint and maintain its shape after each use. It should also distribute paint evenly over the surface.
The top brush in the following image is an expensive brush – one I have had for several years and am very attached to….cost approx… £60.00
The bottom, Graduate Daler Rowney Oval Wash cost £2.99 and works extremely well.
Initially, I thought it would fall apart within a day or two or suddenly lose its bounce, but instead it continues to work beautifully. I will write another review on it in a few months after its had a lot of action.
Another rapid tree watercolour demonstration using the inexpensive brush.
Four brushes from the range….all costing between £2.40 and £2.99 These watercolour marks are my way of testing brushes.
Of course I had to give them the Magical Hummingbird test….
rapid hummingbird movement sketches…..using inexpensive brush
It’s important to mention that I don’t own stock in Daler Rowney:) – I am simply passing on a good tip. I do hope to purchase more of these brushes so that I can take some to Portugal in April…http://www.artinthealgarve.com They are perfect for playing with….and everyone knows how important I think it is to PLAY…..
Happy painting and have a lovely weekend….