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Watercolor brushes: How to know if you clean them properly

The Relationship With Your Brushes Is A Long-Term One

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Watercolor brushes are fundamental for an artist. Together with experience and practice, they are the winning allies for those who want to experiment and improve every day. Among the indispensable working tools for a watercolorist or illustrator, watercolor brushes are certainly the most valuable, in conjunction with paper and godets (colors). Watercolor brushes - ArtGuilds

Watercolor brushes: Which one will be your favourite?

Having good preservation of your watercolor brushes is the first step to ensuring them a longer life. We will examine all possible variations in shape, size, quality of materials, and components, to understand how to preserve them and their characteristics. The range of brushes is very wide, that’s why we will talk about the most commonly used ones for the watercolor technique.
“Higher quality: Better results”
When buying a new brush, try to keep in mind that higher quality will give better results and control over the technique. But how do we recognize the watercolor brushes that are right for us? Let’s start by looking at the different materials that make them up.

Watercolor brushes: Natural Or Synthetic Fibers?

For each technique, there is a type of brush. Brushes are distinguished by the shape and size of the bristles and the length of the handle. It is important to recognize those that are suitable for us. The tips are generally made of soft fibers and have short handles. The type of fiber determines its price and performance. Natural fibers are considered the best. There are different types on the market: marten or mink bristles are more suitable for watercolor painting. These types of bristles are very flexible, they can contain more water and last over time. Other brushes have squirrel fibers, which are just as soft as Marten ones; While brushes with ox hair bristles are renowned for their consistency and long life. There are also brushes made from synthetic fibers which are a cheaper alternative to natural bristle ones but they lose some of the capacities of the natural ones.

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