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bakeinspain

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Ok, I'll admit I am a gadget nut. Comes from long exposure to my hubby and sons. Somewhere, along my internet perambulations, I came across water brushes for watercolour painting. They are synthetic brushes mounted on a small water reservoir, rather like an ink-less fountain pen with a brush instead of a metal nib. You unscrew the top, fill with water and it is released through a valve into the brush. There are several manufacturers, mine are Pentel.
Very useful! I have a set of small, medium and large tips and love them. I would think they would be really great if you take your paints out with you on field trips too. To clean the brush, squeeze and rub on a piece of tissue. Works great for mixing colours on the palette and wetting areas of paper, graduated washes etc.

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Reply #1 on: March 28, 2013, 06:30:58 AM
Would be great for plein air and travel, I'd think. Do any of the works in your gallery make use of them?? Very nice gallery, by the way!!! :heeha:
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Reply #2 on: March 28, 2013, 06:52:14 AM
I've just purchased a Koi watercolor poket field sketch box(24 color) on a big sale. When I opened the box, I saw a waterbrush in the kit  ??? I've heard about that just few weeks ago. I have not tried the brush yet, but soon I will. I read the instructions and sounds simple  :smart:. For sure it has its own little secrets, and I'll try to find them  :sweat: Would you be so kind and share with us your experiences?  :painting: Doina
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Reply #3 on: March 28, 2013, 09:33:43 AM
I've used them to some extent on every painting I have done within the last few weeks since I got them! I've been trying to paint a lot of wet in wet (scary stuff!) and vibrant colours and they have been very useful.

You don't have to squeeze them to get the water to flow, it does so anyway but if you do squeeze it hastens it. You can moisten a large area rapidly and accurately as the points are very good. I'm still learning how best to use them but they will certainly go with me if I go travelling. You could even paint on the plane, something that would be very hard with water containers around!  ;D The brush, being synthetic, rinses out easily. One good thing is that if you are putting paint to paper but decide your colour is too strong, you just let it add more water, you don't have to waste paint by dipping it in your water bucket to do it.

I think if you search the net you may find youtube videos of them in use.

Thank you everyone for your kind comments re my gallery. I'm experimenting with styles and techniques and just going for it!

sandra


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Reply #4 on: March 28, 2013, 12:19:38 PM
 :thankyou: Sandra. This encourages me to try it quicker than planed. Doina
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