Let's talk about the Best Water Brush / Aqua - Watercolor Brushes out there. I am sharing with you some from my collection, as well as, which ones are my favorites and why. If you have a set of aqua brushes that you use and love, please share with us in the comments- I am always looking for new products to try out!
What is a Water Brush // Aqua Brush?
Just so we are all on the same page, when I say water brush or aqua brush I am talking about the paint brushes that have a water reservoir in the handle of the brush. I honestly first discovered my love for these brushes when I was teaching elementary school art. They we’re really great for the younger kiddos learning watercolor but also just real fun and easy to use! (and great for traveling).
What do you use Aqua Brushes for? And what kind of paints can you use them with?
I use Aqua Brushes for watercolor painting, of course, but they are also great for brush lettering or anytime you need to keep your brush continually wet and flowing. I use them with watercolor paints, gouache, inks and acrylic paints. AND- you can actually put liquid watercolors and inks directly into the handle, this is perfect for brush lettering!
First up is actually the same brand I used in my classroom, not the same exact brushes- but the ones I use myself.
I found these Aqua-Flo Brushes at my local Hobby Lobby. They come in a pack of 3 which is nice. These have a pretty wide brush tip, so I use them more filling in large spaces with color or if I want to get a big area of my page wet, etc.
Sakura Large Long Tank #8 Water Brush
Sakura makes great water brushes. I like them because they are small in size and come apart making it easy for travel. There is a insert for you to use so you can keep the water in the handle, but still screw apart for compact traveling.
I got this Aqua Brush from Hobby Lobby.
Pentel Assorted Aquash Water Brush
I love this set of Aqua Brushes and you can pick these up at Walmart! (I've had folks tell me they don't have art stores near by, and it maybe because I live in the city- but my local Walmart has a pretty decent arts and craft aisle. That with Home Depot and you got it all! And at a much better price than the fancy art stores!)
I love the variety in the brush tips (the middle -messed up looking- long one is my fav) and the wider shape handle.
I have used these a lot for brush lettering. They still are a wider tip, but I like fat fonts. :D
Arteza Water Brush Set of 6
Okay, so this set of water brushes and the ones below we're both impulse buys on Amazon Prime....BUT err muhh gosh! Totally worth it!
I LOVE these. I have used them non-stop since they arrived in the mail. They work awesome, never get clogged and have the BEST variety of brushes (tip sizes and shape).
You can order this water brush set here.
Water Brush Pen Set
Lastly, these cute and awesome and PINK Aqua Brushes. Also, ordered on Amazon Prime :D And also, another great buy.
I keep these in my little travel art supply kit that I keep in my purse. I love these because- pink, but also the brush tips on these are really smooth to paint with and I like how small the smallest one is. Perfect for tiny little details and skinny brush lettering.
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