Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Have you Ever Tried a Waterbrush?

Stephanie

I’m not sure where I first learned of these, but I have seen them for sale in local art & craft stores. (For about $6.50 each) They are paintbrushes that contain a reservoir barrel that you fill with water and are really portable. When I don’t feel like setting up all of my watercolor supplies, grabbing a waterbrush and a small palette of paints is the way to go.

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As fountain pen inks are water based, sometimes I will draw with them and then touch the ink lines with a waterbrush to draw out the color as shown in the image above.

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On another occasion, I filled the barrel with Herbin’s Rouge Opera fountain pen ink and proceeded to draw with it. Note to self – I didn’t need to fill the whole reservoir with that ink because after about 10 drawings, it’s still half full…


16 thoughts on “Have you Ever Tried a Waterbrush?

  1. This is a favourite tool of mine – indispensable for sketching. I like the Pentel version and I use it with Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils.

  2. This is a favourite tool of mine – indispensable for sketching. I like the Pentel version and I use it with Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils.

  3. I’ve started using one with a couple black and grey markers that aren’t waterproof for a mess-free ink wash effect. Picked mine up at a Kinokuniya. I was amazed at how long the water lasts. Two hours of figure drawing and it is still mostly full. I did have a little trouble with dripping when I squeeze more water out, but since it’s just water no harm done.

  4. I’ve started using one with a couple black and grey markers that aren’t waterproof for a mess-free ink wash effect. Picked mine up at a Kinokuniya. I was amazed at how long the water lasts. Two hours of figure drawing and it is still mostly full. I did have a little trouble with dripping when I squeeze more water out, but since it’s just water no harm done.

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