Everything You Need To Know About Watercolor Brushes

Art lessons on Video; beginner through advanced tips and technique on how to paint with watercolor.

Art Lessons by Captain Watercolor

Your brushes are what actually does the painting. Having the right brush is critically important. This lesson tells you a lot about your brushes. The knowledge will not only be helpful in buying brushes, but also in selecting what brushes to use for each particular job.


People will tell you to buy Kolinsky brushes. Learn what they are, and what they think they are talking about.


Learn why you do not want a camels hair brush.


There is also a lot of interesting trivia regarding watercolor brushes. Some of it useful, some not so much.

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Watercolor palette showing a warm and cool paint for each of the primary colors This is a map of the captains color
palette. See materials list below...

The map shows the location of each of the paints. The group on the left are the sedimentary colors. Those in the right are the non sedimentary colors. The palette is just a cut down ice cube tray.


...( sedimentary )

0 - Red

1 - Yellow

2 - Green

3 - Blue

...( non sed. )

4 - Cool Blue

5 - Warm Blue

6 - Warm Red

7 - Cool Red

8 - Warm Yellow

9 - Cool Yellow