The most popular brushes for watercolor are squirrel-hair brush. They are perfect to collect water and then a long give it, which is very important especially for painting with watercolors. Correct squirrel brush should be made from the hair of squirrel's tail, if it is from the hair of the skins, its performance will be much worse. When buying brushes it is necessary to test: put it in water, the bristles are good products in the wet form will converge in a thin tip.
Due to the fact that the brush fits in the tip, it is possible to draw any strokes large and small details.
Kolinsky brushes are also very popular. Bristles column have a special flake structure that allows them to get more paint and evenly to give it to the canvas. Thus the brushes of the column gain less water than squirrel brushes, so they are easier to draw small details that can ruin the excess water. As squirrel brush, kolinsky brushes should converge at the tip when wet.
Budding artists can be recommended not to buy expensive kolinsky brushes, and replace them with cheaper mixed, in such brushes the bristles are the column mixed with synthetic bristles.
Modern synthetic materials allow to make artificial soft brush, close in its properties to the natural. Price synthetic brushes are much lower but even the best of them do not provide this quality of smears and the impact of colors, as natural. These brushes feel free to choose a Amateur artist.
The shape and size of brushes
All the brushes are numbered, the higher the number, the more smear is capable of making such a brush. Accordingly, in order to draw fine details and contours, using the brush smaller rooms, and for fills and backgrounds - more rooms.
For the most part are used to draw a round brush, but if you want to diversify your technique, you can use other brush shapes - flat, which gives an interesting oblique smear; Japanese - universal brush for drawing non-separable.
Synthetic fleyts special a very wide brush to create the watercolor fills.
In the Arsenal of the professional artist must be brushes of various shapes, sizes and types, but novice watercolorists will fit the next set of brushes - two brushes from squirrel hair are number three and number six and two kolinsky brushes - number one and number four.