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Watercolor Brushes: A Beginner's Guide

teacher avatar Gabriela Benke, Watercolor With Gaby

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Types of Brushes

    • 3. Taking Care of Your Brush

    • 4. The Brushes You Need

    • 5. Class Project

    • 6. Thank You

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Which brushes do you use? I get asked this question all the time and that's why I decided to create this class. I want to show the different brushes I use in my daily work, the most common types of brushes used in watercolor and which and how many you actually need to start painting.

Also, I'm gonna teach you how to properly clean your brushes and give you some tips that will make your brushes last many years.

In the class project, we're gonna take the brushes we already have and experiment with different strokes and textures that we can create with each brush, to show that you can do a lot with just one single brush!

This class was created with beginners and absolute beginners in mind and all you're gonna need is to take all the brushes you already have at home, watercolor paints, watercolor paper, some paper towel, and a water jar.

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Gabriela Benke

Watercolor With Gaby


Hello! My name is Gabriela and I'm an illustrator. I live in Brazil with my husband and our two cats.

I have been drawing since I was a little kid and I'm always studying and improving my art. My goal is to share my knowledge and passion for illustration with you.

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1. Intro: Hey, which forced to use I get asked this question all the time. And that's why I decided to create this course because I want to show you all the brushes I use in my daily work, the different types of precious available and which and how many you actually need for water color. Because we are to stand to go to the art store and buy everything we see, and we end up with a lot of supplies that will probably never use. Also, I'm gonna teach you how to appropriately clean your brushes, and I'm gonna give you some tips that will make your brushes less longer. So this courses for beginners and that's old beginners in watercolor painting. And all you need is all the brushes. You already have it home some water color paint, a jar of water, water colored paper and they paper towel or cloth foul. So grab your supplies and let's get started 2. Types of Brushes: Before we start talking about brushes, you need to know the anatomy of a brush so we can talk the same language. This is the handle, which is usually made of plastic or wood, and it has some useful information return on, like the brand or the size on top of the handle. There's the for role, which is usually made of metal, the federal connect that had to the handle. Here we have the hat off the brush, which is divided between the Bali and the tip. The bigger the valley of the brush, the more water it can hold their many types of verses available and then going to go through the most common ones. For watercolor, this is a round brush. This is the most traditional one for watercolor. Many artists only use this brush on their work. It has this big round valley, which can hold a lot of water in pigment, and it also has this fine point, which can be used to paint very thin lines in small details. So this is a very versatile brush. There's also the mop brush, which is pretty similar to the round one with the difference that doesn't have a fine tip. This is good for covering a large area with water or paint. Another very common type of bridge is the flat brush, which has flat bristles and they flat for roll. This brush is great for big washes, but it doesn't hold much water like the round ones last. But at least there's the script liner were rigger brush, which is my favorite. This brush has very thin bristle, so it doesn't hold much water or pigment. You need to have some patients, and we're load your brush more often, so it isn't a good option for pinking large areas. But this gives you the most control. When painting thin lines in the small details, you can also buy synthetic brushes for natural hair brushes. The natural brushes are usually made of sable or screw hair. There's a huge discussion on the water colored community between artists who prefer synthetic brushes and those who prefer natural brushes. I personally feel a little uncomfortable using natural hair brushes, although I'm not vegan or vegetarian. But if you're vegan, be aware that you'll need to pay an extra attention to the composition of your brushes. Also, natural hair brushes are way more expensive, and they're harder to take care off, so I wouldn't recommend them for beginners anyway. So which brushes do you actually need to stock? 3. Taking Care of Your Brush: I lost count of how many bridges I've ruined because I didn't know how to take care of them . Even synthetic brushes can last for years if you use them properly, so how to clean your versus properly. You probably can guess that you should never let the paint right on your brushes. Reese them thoroughly. As you work on the jar of clean water until you don't see any paint. Always lay them flat while they dry. This will avoid water getting to the FA rule and damaging it. At VanDerveer painting session. Clean all the brushes you used in running water. Start by removing most of the payment with the bristles pointing downward, then holding the brush horizontally and use their fingers to gently press the bristles and clean them with stein pigment and dirt. Tend to accumulate here and makes the bristles to flight. Can also do a figure eight. With your brush on the palm of your hand, you can use so per deep cleaning don't do. It is often, though, as soap can removed the oils from natural hair brushes and then into them. Also, over three or six months is enough. You can use a common soap with no harsh chemicals or any special soap for brushes when they're clean, shaped the bristles with your finger and lay them flat to dry. Now let's take a look at five more tips to make your brushes last longer. One. Always pro. Moisten your pence. If you use pence, always Prewett them before you start painting. Just add a drop of water to your pens or using water spree. When the pens are dry, they're very hard and can deform your brushes and make them lose hair. And this is why it's a good idea to use an old brush toe. Load the paint to use water collaborations on Lee for watercolor. If you want to try your hand on acrylic painting or ink, but don't want to waste money buying a brush just for that, think again because you'll waste more money buying a new watercolor brush. Harrison Watercolor brushes are made for one thing. Watercolor. Their bristles are very soft, delicate and fragile. Using them for other mediums or techniques is the fastest way to ruin them. I've made this mistake so many times using my brushes with any kind off pains and varnishes three never sold hairbrushes. This is the most common beginner mistake. Many people forget their brushes on the water tart, and when they take them off, the bristles are completely bent and deformed and those they're deformed. It's really hard to fix them for load. Your brush is properly. Don't use the tip of your brush is a thrill or a shovel when loading it with paint. When you do that, you create thes holes on the pen. Instead, load your brushes by making the same movements. If if you were painting on the paper five story or brushes properly, the best way to story ambitious is to keep them vertically on the jar. In a well ventilated room. Rhesus can grow old if they're stored in a tight container, and books can eat the results of your brushes. So be careful with that. You can use mothballs to keep them away. Oh, and you remember these. Throw them away as soon as you get home with your new brush. These plastic things can make your versus grow mold their only for protecting the brush during delivery and in the store. Now that you've learned how to properly care for your brushes, let's move on to some practice exercise 4. The Brushes You Need: in the last video, I showed you a lot of different brushes, but you don't need to buy all of them. I only use three brushes in my daily work. All of my brushes are from a Brazilian company called Kid a meek, so they're only available in Brazil, unfortunately, but I'm gonna add some other well known international brands on the shopping list. If you need a hand, this is the brush. Study is the most. It's a script, a liner brush. I use this to paint details, lines, leaves and tiny flowers. I like painting a small, controlled, detailed illustrations. You don't actually need one of thes if your style is looser. The second bris that he used is this round brush here. I use this for painting large washes and bigger leaves and flowers. If you like grating big paintings with large areas, I would buy a beginner brush than this. Imagine trying to cover in a four paper with this would be towards her, right, so the size actually depends on the type of thinking you do, but having a round brush is essential, told watercolor. Artists later in this class will explore what his brushes capable off. The less breast that I use is this round brush here. This is an old and cheap brush that he used for lifting paint, mixing colors and doing practice exercises. Mixing colors can be harsh on your brush, as we're going to see later. You're probably notice that I didn't say the size of the brush, and that's because this is kind of useless. The burst sizes were right through Brandon Line. So, for example, these air actually from the same company in there, both sides six. Well, they're different brushes, different lines, and this is way larger than this. The size zero or 00 actually means that that brush is the thinner from that line and that brand compared to other brushes from the same line and Brent. So you only need to worth reverses. Toe watercolor. I suggest to buy a script liner brush and two round brushes from different sizes. Also having an old brush that you can ruin laying around is good for mixing paint and loading the paint in the next video. Let's talk about how to properly care for your brushes, making them last longer 5. Class Project: Now, I want you to take all the bushes you have or your favorite ones paper and watercolor paints. We're done. Explore different types of brushes and seeing practice the different strokes that each of them create for this exercise. I'm gonna use these four brushes here. So I've taken four small pieces of paper, one for each brush, and they've written the brand in the name of each brush. If you want, you can use a whole sheet of paper for this exercise. But I prefer these little pieces so I can manage them were easily and display them on my wall. Why? Don't want to seem this exercise is how many different strokes. I can't great with a single brush. So now I'm gonna take my script liner brush, and I'm going to start drawing some lines holding my brush with a night in degree angle. Press thicker. My lines get E can also hold my brush with a kind off 45 degree angle and created thes striped lines. And they can also use this. I doesn't brush to create thes larger marks. You can see how many different strokes I could create with just this liner brush. And this the least flexible brush in watercolor, in my opinion Thesis, another liner brush that I bought recently and haven't tried yet. So we're gonna try together. I'm going to do the same marks that I did for the previous brush so we can compare them way . You can see that lines are very similar, but these striped better is very different because the bristles office brush are longer in the little thicker. Now I'm gonna move on to my round brush. I'm going to start painting some thin lines and frying the pressure way. Notice that I can override the pressure within a single line. - I can use the sight of this brush to cover large areas with paint or water and to create some interesting organic shapes and a 40 degree angle. I can create some interesting teardrop shapes. E could create some federal shaped marks just by wearing the pressure applied to the British. Now I'm gonna try a flat brush. You can see that even with flat brushes, we can create some sort off thing lines. But this freight off his brush is in creating large washes. This brush for me is the one that creates the most interesting marks. It's great for experimentation. I can use the tape, the side, the other side. You can create a whole better and design line with just this brush. What I like about this brush, this is that it's very easy to create his mouth wash with it and that waas the Left, British. Now it's your turn. Do the same for the brushes you have and post the result in your project section. I can't wait to see what brushes you have and all the different strokes you can do with them. 6. Thank You: Hi. Thank you for watching. Don't forget to upload their project. I want to say it. And if you enjoy this course or you don't please leave a review so I can know what? Improving my next courses. And if you enjoy this course, you may. When I watch my all their watercolor course where I teach you everything a begin their needs to know about watercolor paints. See you in my other classes by