Waterbrush Wonderfulness

3x5" index card divider, watercolors, kuretake waterbrush

kuretake waterbrush

Over the years I've heard good things about this brush, a gift from Jet Pens. I paint on watercolor paper with watercolor brushes and the pentel aquash waterbrush, so I was ultra curious to see whether the kuretake would be different. This is the small brush {cost = $5 USD}. The tip is ultra firm and springy with a lovely pointed tip {photos}. So it's like a very "pointy" pointed round, I suppose.

The process goes like this. Spray your watercolors with a spritz or two of water from a mini spray bottle that you can find at a craft store, or drip a drop of water in each color. You can fill the waterbrush ultra fast by unscrewing it, pulling out the black connector thingamajig and putting it under the faucet. If you are on the road, you could easily pour water from your drinking water bottle into the chamber. Push the black connector back in, rescrew the brush and you are in business. 30 seconds max.

To paint, dip your brush into the paint just as you would a standard brush. To rinse paint from the brush, push the chamber once and a blob of water shoots by the brush tip and you wipe it on a paper towel or rag. I use a white paper towell or old white sock so that I can verify that the brush tip is clean.

I have only positive feedback about this brush. If you push a little, a tiny bit of water goes through the chamber to the tip to dilute the paint, to add a drip of paint to the half pan, or to add water to the page you are painting. For example, if you are painting over neocolor II wax crayons, you'd add a bit of water. This is simply in place of dipping your brush gently in water. The bigger push (not taxing in the least on the hand) is to rinse the brush. It works like a dream. I painted all of the drawings for Everyday Matters thus far with the Kuretake. Here's an example.

And I like the kuretake better than the pentel aquash in that the kuretake is easier to control. With the pentel it's too easy to release a blob of water on your painting. And I find that when I paint with the pentel, there's too much water flowing and the colors get diluted unintentionally. The nibs are both brilliant, so it's not that. It is totally about the flow of water.