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Before buying a brush, first thing first, you need to decide which type of paints or media you’re going to use, either water-based or oil-based, different kinds of paints come with different characteristics and may affect your choice of brushes.
Here are some questions that you might need to ask yourself before choosing your ideal painting material.
- I want something that can be easily used whenever or wherever I am, even at home.
- I hope the brush is relatively easy to clean and dries quickly.
- If only the paints can be used right from the color palette without mixing any medium.
If the answers are yes, we recommend transparent watercolors for beginners or as gifts.
By the way, do you know that you can make watercolors by simply kneading pigments with gum arabic?
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And here’s my recommendation for the use of transparent watercolors, the Original Brush Set.
The Original Brush Set contains three different types of brushes, from drawing fine details to drawing lines and coloring uses. All of these sets are packaged and sold in an original paulownia wooden box with PIGMENT TOKYO logos on it.
Original Brush Sets come in two different contents:
A Set - Includes a large Chohin Meisei brush (by Namura Taiseido), a medium Sokumyo brush (by Kyoto Nakasato), and a small Rogo Menso brush (by Kyoto Nakasato).
B Set - Includes a large Beppin Saishiki brush (by Kyoto Nakasato), a medium Sakuyo brush (by Kyoto Nakasato), and a small Tokusei Tomoe Menso brush (by Kyoto Nakasato).
Some of you may be a little surprised at the price.
However, the better the brush, the longer it can be used if it is taken good care of.
In particular, the brushes in the A Set are mainly made of specially selected goat hair and white raccoon chest hair, to create a sharp brush tip and a soft bristle body.
Even beginners who think they may not be able to tell the difference will find it fascinating once they use it.
Set A is highly recommended for painting on F4 size (332 x 242 mm) or larger painting surfaces, while Set B is more suitable for SM size (228 x 158 mm) and postcard size (100 x 148 mm) or smaller.
With these Original Brush Sets, you can easily experience the charm of authentic Japanese painting brushes.
Here’s an article for those who want to learn how to clean and care for your paint brushes.
Next, the brushes I would like to introduce, Kolinsky.
Kolinsky refers to the hair of the sable, which lives in the extremely cold regions of Siberia and Northeast China.
Kolinsky brushes hold water pretty well and are known for using as drawing detailed work, therefore, it’s ideal for bringing outdoors to do small sketches and drawings.
Now with these Retractable Kolinsky Sable Brushes, you can carry them around in a cute wooden box.
Need to carry brushes all over the place yet they’re taking too much space? Perhaps this is the perfect choice for you!
Moreover, these are watercolor brushes made of soft nylon bristles that can hold a good amount of paint or water.
MOLLIS Round, as the name implies, is a round brush.
Compared to a Chohin Meisei brush, it doesn’t have much of a gradual change in bristle thickness, so I’d recommend having at least three brushes: such as No. 2, No. 4, and No. 6.
MOLLIS Round is perfect for those who want to paint it fast, as well as when you are focusing on a single piece of artwork.
MOLLIS Oval is an oval (flat) brush with a pointed tip.
It is mainly designed for painting flat surfaces.
The pointed tip allows you to draw more deliberate strokes, but for beginners, I’d say it’s better for you to get used to drawing with a MOLLIS Round brush first, before trying this one.
In PIGMENT TOKYO, there are so many choices of paints and tools to choose from.
If you are struggling to find your perfect art material to start with, here’s a link to our product introduction page for beginners!