Watercolour Brushes

Watercolour Brushes

Rosemary & Co have a wide range of watercolour brushes available. We have a selection of natural hair watercolour brushes and synthetic watercolour brushes. Our most popular range for watercolourists are our Pure Kolinsky Sable brushes.This range is made from the finest quality Kolinsky Sable Hair. There is no doubt Kolinsky Sable is the favoured choice for many professional watercolourists as this hair tapers to a finer point, holds the most pigment and wears down well.

Our Pure Red Sable range are also a great choice for watercolour painting, a pleseant extra to your watercolour brush arsenal. The Pure Red Sable hair also taper well, wear down well and have a good snap, but nevertheless will always be a great second place to the Kolisnky Sable Hair. Truthfully, it's not until you try the two brush ranges side-by-side that you will feel the luxury of using a Kolinsky Sable Brush. 

The Red Sable Blend range have two advantages; with a 50:50 sable/synthetic mix you have the price-point of the synthetic fibre and the luxury of a sable characteristic. This range are really popular for artists stepping up from the Golden Synthetic watercolour brushes. 

Our Golden Synthetic range are ideal for beginners to get a good range of brushes in many shapes and sizes as a starting point. Commonly called 'Nylon', they allow for unique characteristics with a good water retention, snap and spring. Arguably some artists prefer Golden Synthetic as an excellent substitute for Sable and other natural hair watercolour brushes.

Other known favourites are our Pure Squirrel Hair range which are excellent for their water carrying capacity, though have little 'snap'. Our Goat Hair range which are ideal for washes, backgrounds and covering large ground and finally our Badger Hair range for watercolours which allow for special effects and quirky marks.

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Series 109. Goat Hair

Series 109. Goat Hair

Goat Hair is soft and natural, which is typically ideal for washes and blending. The mops have a large round and full bodied domed end, made with Goat Hair, large colour carrying capacity for washes, backgrounds etc. used for varnishing and glazing etc. Same as 108 but dyed black. ...More info.
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Series 1580. Domed Badger Hair

Series 1580. Domed Badger Hair

Used for varnishing oil paintings where a softer touch is required to achieve an antiquing effect.  A good blender for texture and depth. Mainly used for blending paint into an even and smooth coat. Also can be used to create striations - a glass painters 'must have'. ...More info.
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Series 170. Pure Squirrel Mop

Series 170. Pure Squirrel Mop

Originally made using a birds quill, nowadays a soft pliable yet durable polypropylene is used to house the brush head.  This style of brush has become popular over the last decade with watercolourists who like expressive and loose work.  Offers a massive liquid carrying capacity and must be thoroughly wet to work.  Also popular for Chinese style strokes.  I also make the ro...More info.
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Series 172. French Polishing Mops

Series 172. French Polishing Mops

These French Polisher's mops are a beautiful addition to our squirrel range. They are constructed in the classical way, wire bound and mounted on black lacquered wood handles. The balance is perfect. The best quality Russian squirrel hair we use has been selected for quality and uniformity. Although traditionally used for French polishing, watercolourists will love them too for washes and glaze...More info.
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Series 2230. Spiky 'Comber' Golden Synthetic

Series 2230. Spiky 'Comber' Golden Synthetic

Commonly called 'Nylon', Golden Synthetic has some unique characteristics in that its retention, snap and spring are all superb. They are 100% Vegan Friendly. The Series 2230's quirky head shape allows a much more open, seperated stroke and is a much stronger in construction to the Series 2250 or Series 2240  as those ranges may clog up in Oils and Acrylic paints.   A favo...More info.
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Series 2240. Filbert 'Comber' Golden Synthetic

Series 2240. Filbert 'Comber' Golden Synthetic

Commonly called 'Nylon', Golden Synthetic has some unique characteristics in that its retention, snap and spring are all superb. They are 100% Vegan Friendly. Our comber brushes (sometimes called rakes) are popular with many artists for creating quick and easy lines, closely together. Although the 2240's are very made very similarly to our Series 2250's, they ideal when a more rounded mark ...More info.
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Series 2250. Flat 'Comber' Golden Synthetic

Series 2250. Flat 'Comber' Golden Synthetic

Commonly called 'Nylon', Golden Synthetic has some unique characteristics in that its retention, snap and spring are all superb. They are 100% Vegan Friendly. Our comber brushes (sometimes called rakes) are popular with many artists for creating quick and easy lines, closely together. When worked swiftly, they give the effect of lots of tiny strokes. The flat serrated edge allows beautiful,...More info.
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Series 230. Golden Synthetic Mini Rigger

Series 230. Golden Synthetic Mini Rigger

Commonly called 'Nylon', Golden Synthetic has some unique characteristics in that its retention, snap and spring are all superb. They are 100% Vegan Friendly. Our Series 230 is an extra fine detail brush, only available in the size 10/0 and on the short handle for balance purposes. For more sizes in the Golden Synthetic Riggers, take a look at our Series 315's. For a Kolinsky Sable alte...More info.
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Series 235. 'Foliage & Wash'

Series 235. 'Foliage & Wash'

Commonly called 'Nylon', Golden Synthetic has some unique characteristics in that its retention, snap and spring are all superb. The Series 235 have a run of goat hair in them too whilst being constructed of two types of synthetic blended together. The Series 235 is designed to hold good amounts of liquid for washes and also double-up as a good synthetic stippler to create foliage and shrub...More info.
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Series 236. Flat Golden Nylon

Series 236. Flat Golden Nylon

Commonly called 'Nylon', this 100% synthetic brush has some unique characteristics in that its retention, snap and spring are all superb. They are 100% Vegan Friendly. The Series 236 'in-between' length of our Series 303 'One Stroke' and our Series 302 Short Flat and are constructed of two types of synthetic blended together. This length of brush allows firmer controlled mark, with...More info.
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Series 241. Large Background Wash

Series 241. Large Background Wash

Commonly called 'Nylon', Golden Synthetic has some unique characteristics in that its retention, snap and spring are all superb. They are 100% Vegan Friendly. The Series 241 is a beautiful 2" in width Golden Taklon full bodied, flat edged brush. They are ideal for a watercolour wash and yet when used on the edge are great for creating lines.  A favourite for large washes, backgroun...More info.
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Series 27. Badger Fan Blender

Series 27. Badger Fan Blender

Typically used for oil painting, badger hair is coarse yet soft making it ideal for stippling and texture work. Fan brushes use a special ferrule which spreads the hairs to form a fan shape. Used for several effects including grasses, fur and often for blending. ...More info.
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Series 272. Masters Choice Rounds

Series 272. Masters Choice Rounds

The larger rounds are brilliant for laying on colour and broader marks and as they go smaller they are ideal for blending. Masters Choice is an interesting hair with distinctive markings and a semi-stiff firmness of stroke, made from a badger blend.  If you want a small pointed brush for detail however you wouldn't necessarily go with these but switch to the 'Ivory' line or if you ...More info.
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Series 278. Masters Choice Long Filberts

Series 278. Masters Choice Long Filberts

Masters Choice is an interesting hair with distinctive markings and a semi-stiff firmness of stroke, made from a badger blend. This filbert has extra length as requested, allowing more flexibility.This 'Longer' style was designed and developed with the help of some of America's finest oil painters.  Thank you Morgan Weistling, Tony Pro and Jeremy Lipking.  "We got it right guys!" ...More info.
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