Do you use waterbrushes when you watercolor? They are one of my favorite tools. While I typically use a traditional watercolor brush when I paint in my studio, I use waterbrushes when I want to paint in front of the television or when I’m traveling. They are great because you don’t have to deal with a cup of water, which can be disastrous if you are painting on your couch bingeing on your favorite show.
I also love to give waterbrushes to kids. My daughter uses one almost exclusively. This allows her to paint wherever she wants, even in her bed, without worrying about spilling paint water.
I have tried a few brands of waterbrushes and thought I would share my tips for purchasing them and using them:
- Don’t go cheap. Water-brushes aren’t that pricey and you can use them for a long time, so invest in a decent one. I’ve tried the generic brands you find in the craft stores and they typically make a mess. You need to make sure your water-brush has some sort of stopper that holds the water in the barrel of the brush until you squeeze it. Otherwise it pours out all over the place!
- Always have a paper towel or paint rag with you when you use a water-brush. You cannot dip your brush in water to clean it, instead, you squeeze water through it and then wipe the brush.
- If you are giving a water-brush to a child, teach them how to paint lightly. In the early years, my daughter had a tendency to really smash her brush into the paper, which ruins the brush quickly. I worked with her to show her how a lighter touch both would her brush and give her the paint results she wanted.
I created a few videos for the Design Memory Craft blog last month and I though I would share them with you here. In this video, I show you how to load their Deluxe Waterbrush:
You also might want to check-out my video on how to use a waterbrush with watercolor pencils by going to the Design Memory Craft blog.
I hope you’ll consider trying out a water-brush this summer. Let me know if you have any questions!
Here’s to painting on the go,