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 772. Sable Blend Daggers

Series 772. Sable Blend Daggers

A new addition to our blended range. A useful brush, the dagger is very adaptable and can be used to create long flowing lines. When pressure is applied and the brush 'twisted' through the stroke you can see oriental grass appear as well as petals. Great too in oils when a sharp edge is required and/or fine lines for example, hair in portraiture. The smaller 1/4" size is also available as a poc...More info.
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Series 79. Pure Sable Round

Series 79. Pure Sable Round

I have been asked many times to produce a brush without a point! The Series 79 Pure Sable rounds hold a good amount of liquid to allow continuous painting, which make them ideal for washes and softer strokes. ...More info.
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Series 8. Pointed Round

Series 8. Pointed Round

Another beautiful addition to our Kolinsky Sable range. Forms a precise tapered point for 'drawing' and flow whilst having the 'belly' in just the right place to carry liquid elegantly. The length of the head being shorter than a 'designer' (Series 22) and longer than a regular (Series 33). As always the balance of the handle is paramount and we have made no exception here, the 'feel' of them i...More info.
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Series 81  Pure Sable Domed Filbert

Series 81 Pure Sable Domed Filbert

These are a new addition to the range. I designed the Pure Sable Domed Filbert with the oil artist in mind who requires a 'fuller' body to a filbert and a nice domed shaped head rather than the 'cats tongue' style which tends to be more pointed. These have proved popular in both oils and watercolour. For oil artists many use the Series 81's for the finer detail such as in figurative work, aroun...More info.
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Series 88. Pure Sable Riggers

Series 88. Pure Sable Riggers

Ideal for watercolour and oil, the natural characteristics of the Red Sable hair offer a good "belly", allowing a liquid holding capacity greater than, for example "Nylon". The rigger shape is similar to a round but with much longer hair, also referred to as a "script" brush. These are ideal for long continuous strokes with a large carrying capacity. ...More info.
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Series 90. Pure Sable Lettering

Series 90. Pure Sable Lettering

A round ferrule with the hair extruded to a flat chisel shaped edge. The Series 90 was designed with signwriters and calligraphers in mind, but popular with watercolourists who paint architecture and lines. The Pure Sable Lettering brushes are also useful in all mediums for outlining and creating highlights. ...More info.
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Series 91. Pure Sable Filbert

Series 91. Pure Sable Filbert

Ideal for watercolour and oil, the natural characteristics of the Red Sable hair offer a good "belly", allowing a liquid holding capacity greater than, for example "Nylon". The oval end of the Series 91 can be used to both make sweeping strokes but also fine lines when held vertically. Also known as a "cat's tongue", these brushes have a beautiful point which allows for fine detail. Popular in ...More info.
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Series 93. Pure Sable Spotters

Series 93. Pure Sable Spotters

The length of hair of the spotter is shorter than a traditional pointed round. This allows for a strong resilient point which is ideal for retouching. A good all rounder with watercolour (typically botanical artists), egg tempera and gouache. ...More info.
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Series 95. Pure Sable Fan

Series 95. Pure Sable Fan

Ideal for watercolour and oil, the natural characteristics of the Red Sable hair offer a good "belly", allowing a liquid holding capacity greater than, for example "Nylon". 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 96. Micro Red Sable

Series 96. Micro Red Sable

This range of micro sables is formed to a beautiful ‘tight’ point for precision work. Ideal for miniaturists and model painters as well as botanical artists.   Only available on standard handles. ...More info.
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Series 98. Triangular Pure Sable

Series 98. Triangular Pure Sable

The Series 98. Pure Sable Pointed Rounds are offered on a triangular shaped handle. These have proved extremely popular with our disabled customers, particularly those who suffer from arthritis, as well as miniature painters who like the feel of the handles when holding for long periods.  An added bonus has to be they don't roll off the table! ...More info.
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Series 99. Pointed Pure Sable

Series 99. Pointed Pure Sable

The Pointed Pure Sable Rounds have a round ferrule and typically will come to a beautiful point. Used to paint fine lines and details. Pointed Rounds have a good carrying capacity and tend to be a popular brush for all artists in all mediums. ...More info.
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Series 999. Flat Taklon 4"

Series 999. Flat Taklon 4"

Large 4” flat wash brush – ideal for varnishing, glazing, background work. Can be used with any medium – if Oil or Acrylic then thin down a little.Great for large water colour ‘wash’ applications. This brush allows you to cover larger areas quickly. Has the snap and spring of high quality taklon ( nylon ) and comes to a chisel sharp edge so can paint line work also.   9” flat long ...More info.
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Smooshing Brush

Smooshing Brush

I’ve designed this new range to be an inexpensive blending brush. The Smooshing Brush is made from a blend of different grades of badger hair. I’ve packed the hairs into the ferrule really tightly to create a dense brush, which will be firm to the touch, but still flexible. The beauty of the domed shape allows for a multitude of brush strokes. Sometimes known as a smudger, a tinter or a...More info.
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