How to Shop For A Watercolor Brush

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

Art Lessons by Captain Watercolor

Buying watercolor brushes can be an overwhelming experience. There are way too many choices.


It is really not as bad as it looks.


Brushes have different water holding capacities. Also different feels. I will show you what to look for and why you might want to select a particular fiber like sable hair or nylon.


Size too is important, but not the daunting problem it might seem to be at first.


Experienced painters don't have dozens of brushes. Often they have only a few. You too can have just a few brushes that can do everything you want to do.

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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