Quill brushes are wonderful to work with! I’ve made a recent discovery with these beauties – they are versatile for washes and fine detail. I find myself completing an entire painting often with just one brush which I become fond of like a pet. A mop or quill is a round full wash brush in various sizes, useful for laying in large areas of color or water and made of soft absorbent natural or synthetic hair. They hold a lot of water and can absorb areas that you want to lift out. These brushes have regained popularity in recent years and there are now formulated synthetic brushes designed to behave just like natural hair such as sable or squirrel. Working with the best quality materials yields the best results in our painting experience. When we’re starting out on our painting adventure, it is tempting to stick with the least expensive pigments, brushes and paper. It’s better to buy just a few of the best rather than a bunch of the less expensive.
Shown here are my favorite mops along with the highly recommended “Learn Watercolor the Edgar Whitney Way” book. Edgar Whitney was one of watercolor’s great painters who was a well-known American teacher of painters that went on to become award-winners.
Work With the Best in Watercolor Brushes
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