Extra waterbrushes are always handy to have around. They are so easy to use, just fill them up with water and you can paint for hours. They are a great tool to use with watercolor crayons or paints. These Sakura Koi Waterbrushes are available in small, medium, and large brush sizes.
I just received this today in the mail, tested it out, and it's a wonderful
waterbrush. I feel like the reviewer below gave this wonderful brush a bad rep
for using it the wrong way. This isn't a brush pen. The brush is not meant to
hold anything other than water. Sure, you can try to place ink into it, but of
course it won't work as well since it was not made for that purpose.
I use this as a watercolor brush, and it works extremely well. The bristles hold
water nicely, and giving the barrel a little squeeze lets out a drop of water
onto the bristles to rewet the brush. The brush blends paints together well, and
as of yet, I haven't had any staining on the bristles, though I suspect it maybe
happen through continuous use. Though this will never replace my traditional
watercolor brushes, it's nice to be able to carry this around when I'm traveling
or on the go.
This is quite a nice waterbrush. I originally got it because of its two-part
design -- it's really convenient and fits into my travel paint boxes. The brush
itself is well made and comfortable, and can produce a variety of strokes. The
only drawback is the small water capacity -- depending on how wet you work your
paints, you might run out before the end of a piece. But I always carry extra
water when sketching outdoors, so this hasn't been an issue.
I found these at Hobby Lobby, and being a lover of brush pens, snapped up a
couple of different sizes. I loaded them with fountain pen ink for use as brush
pens, but unfortunately, I found them far inferior to the Niji/Kuretake water
brushes, or to the Pentel Pocket brush pen if a brush pen is what you want. The
bristles originally had a sort of oily texture, and they just didn't have the
proper snap and spring; when pressure against the paper bent the bristles, they
would tend to hold the bend and not spring back gracefully, so the tip would
drag around rather than floating in and out like a better-quality brush. It's
hard to describe, but was very noticeable. The cap does fit well, and the
compact size would be good for portability, but again, for a waterbrush, I
recommend Kuretake instead.