CONFUSED? Different Types Of WATERCOLOR BRUSHES, Their Uses & How To Choose Them

  • Published on May 4, 2019
  • Hey guys! In today's video we are going to talk about all the common / different types and shapes of watercolor brushes, their uses and how to actually choose the right watercolor brush for yourself when you are a beginner!
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    Da Vinci 498 Casaneo Series * (UK) * (GER)
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    Da Vinci 5580 Cosmotop-Spin Series * (UK) * (GER)
    Da Vinci 5598 Casaneo Series * (UK) * (GER)
    โ—‹ Mop Brush
    Da Vinci 498 Casaneo Series Wash Brush * (UK) * (GER)
    โ—‹ Flat Brush
    Da Vinci 5898 Casaneo Series * (UK) * (GER)
    โ—‹ Da Vinci Casaneo Three Brush Set * (GER)
    โ—‹ Short Flat Brush
    Da Vinci 1374 Series One Stroke Brush * (UK) * (GER)
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    Da Vinci 1373 Series Brush * (UK) * (GER)
    โ—‹ Sword Brush
    Da Vinci 5587 Cosmotop-Spin Series * (UK) * (GER)
    โ—‹ Filbert Brush / Cat Tongue
    Da Vinci NOVA - Series 1375 * (UK) * (GER)
    โ—‹ Cat Tongue Brush Pointed Oval
    Da Vinci 898 Series Casaneo Wash Brush * (UK) * (GER)
    โ—‹ Script Brush
    Da Vinci 1111 Series Lettering Brush * (UK) * (GER)
    โ—‹ Rigger Brush
    Da Vinci 1280 Series Rigger Brush * (UK) * (GER)
    โ—‹ Fan Brush
    Da Vinci NOVA - Series 400 * (UK) * (GER)
    โ—‹ Rake Fan Brush
    Da Vinci 1385 Series Fan Brush * (UK) * (GER)
    โ—‹ Rake Flat Brush
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Comments • 397

  • makoccino
    makoccino  3 months ago +127

    Happy Saturday! I'm back with a highly requested video! I really hope this will answer some of your questions! There were a ton of others but I didn't want to make this video too long so I will cover more questions in future videos! But let me know if you have any specific questions I should cover next!

    • Seven And The Littlest Mew
      Seven And The Littlest Mew Month ago

      Iโ€™d like to see a video about how to properly remove the coating from new brushes (Iโ€™ve heard that you should soak them, but not get any water past the ferrule of the brush), and exactly where to buy brushes! Iโ€™ve had so many problems with brushes from art stores because people take the protective plastic sheathing off and bend and break the coatings on the brushes. Iโ€™ve had the worst time with art store brushes having bent and stray bristles and ruined tips on riggers and round brushes. I wish the store owners would just keep them all behind a glass case! ๐Ÿ˜‚

    • Cosmic Planetarium
      Cosmic Planetarium 2 months ago +1

      TBH Tho,i used make up brushes to make art...๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚

    • Bushra Rehman
      Bushra Rehman 2 months ago +1

      @lj k I hope this helps to clean my brush i swirl wc brush in water jar and make an eight twice and swipe them gently against a flat surface (in case of bigger brush). I dry my wc brushes by hanging them upside down ,i take a bunch of brushes and tie them with a rubber band on the lower rod of a cloth hanger. The bristle part is hanging down in the air. This way water doesn't go inside the ferrule to loosen the bristles. Also I don't leave watercolor brushes dipped in water. When using acrylics i fill only an inch or half of the container which is specifically fr leaving the brush to remain wet till end of that painting session so not to effect the crimp, only the bristle part remains wet.

    • Thahmina Ema
      Thahmina Ema 3 months ago +1

      Hope you will give us videos like this forever

    • fatema johora
      fatema johora 3 months ago +1

      Mako,I would like how you wash acrilic colour from a brush.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‰

  • michaela s and dance
    michaela s and dance 17 hours ago

    Your voice and facial expressions are so cute

  • Hello its Zarisha
    Hello its Zarisha 4 days ago

    Your the best ever art teacher for us. Your videos are so good. Thanks for all the good suggestions. Loves from Bangladesh๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉโคโคโค

  • fatbox100
    fatbox100 6 days ago

    Bristols? Cute.

  • siddharth panchal
    siddharth panchal 6 days ago

    Very good information. It's so confusing, with so many types of brushes out there. Now you can narrow it down to a few. Thank you.

  • Eliz Donovan
    Eliz Donovan 8 days ago

    Thank you. I needed this information. Excellent video.

  • Deadslugs Li
    Deadslugs Li 10 days ago

    I really enjoyed and thought this video was amazing and helpful! Thank you!

  • MaxusFox23
    MaxusFox23 18 days ago +1

    I recently dusted off a chinese calligraphy set I got years ago and turns out the brushes work pretty nicely with watercolors~
    So Mako, I was wondering if you'd like to try calligraphy brushes in one of your videos and give your opinion on them?
    However, if these brushes' materials conflict with any principles of yours, that's okay too so no pressure.

  • Zahara Haque
    Zahara Haque 20 days ago

    which brush company do you think is best for beginners????

  • Sigrid Warren
    Sigrid Warren 25 days ago

    This video was extremely helpful, thank you taking the time to make it!

  • Pravesh Saini
    Pravesh Saini 29 days ago

    Who always take all your brushes but forget to change it again and again...!.

  • K
    K 29 days ago

    Thank you!!

  • Sanid Safan
    Sanid Safan Month ago

    Your phone number plzz

  • Chayanika Chaudhury

    Saved from confusion..phewww..thanks love from India ๐Ÿ˜

  • Quen JUAN
    Quen JUAN Month ago

    this channel is very informative! now i know which brushes to buy =) thank you! more power on your channel!

  • Tim Frey
    Tim Frey Month ago

    natural hair brushes also need to be carefully guarded, if you don't keep them in an airtight container, bugs can get to them.

  • Neon Neverglow
    Neon Neverglow Month ago +2

    i use a highlighter brush for makeup as a paint brush ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Majest Simplicatiroux

    Arghhh... This is is what I need! Thank you so much

  • No: Six
    No: Six Month ago

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I love your presentation and in depth coverage of brush types! Have watched this 6 times, so far! Lol"

  • Steveo Smith
    Steveo Smith 2 months ago

    Hey now Iโ€™ve got the information about brushes I can pick up the right one and go for it. Ta

  • Asangla Chang
    Asangla Chang 2 months ago

    I mostly use flat and round brushes

  • Kiera Vermeal
    Kiera Vermeal 2 months ago +1

    Um... Next time you might want to separate the r and the I when writing "rigger". 7:19

  • Elizabeth Connolly
    Elizabeth Connolly 2 months ago

    great information, thanks

  • Drawingwithalex 1
    Drawingwithalex 1 2 months ago

    I needed this video so much

    And it really helped me a lot

  • Aman Kaur
    Aman Kaur 2 months ago

    Can u do a personal Q+A so we can get to know you?

  • Michelle Bandow
    Michelle Bandow 2 months ago

    02:37 The perfect upper lip!๐Ÿ˜

  • cries in cryptic
    cries in cryptic 2 months ago

    im so excited to buy materials to learn to watercolor, hope i dont turn out a failure

  • Rainbow Unicorn
    Rainbow Unicorn 2 months ago

    Wow i didnโ€™t realize that i needed this so much

  • Everyday Theatre
    Everyday Theatre 2 months ago

    _i feel so educated_

  • Maria Huzefa
    Maria Huzefa 2 months ago

    You're info is so useful I did not know anything you said in this video thank you so much

  • Bushra Rehman
    Bushra Rehman 2 months ago

    Thank you for the beautiful and detailed tutorialsโค๏ธ

  • My Art Supply Obsession

    This was a great info video. :)

  • Jane Kennedy
    Jane Kennedy 2 months ago

    Great review. ๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you!

  • Alejandra Castaรฑo
    Alejandra Castaรฑo 2 months ago +1

    I love your videos! Good information and you get to the point quickly!

  • Esther Angelica19
    Esther Angelica19 3 months ago

    which brush should i use to draw a small trees?

  • Purple Kitti
    Purple Kitti 3 months ago

    I was holding some of my brushes during the video, and when you mentioned the ferrule coming off sometimes, I started checking mine. The ones I checked held together... until just a second ago when I popped one of them right off. >.

    • Purple Kitti
      Purple Kitti 3 months ago

      Oh interesting. I put it on again, but now it won't come back off. XD

  • Nanci Valencia
    Nanci Valencia 3 months ago

    Hello, could you please do a video about the comparison between natural vs synthetic brushes. Thank you.

  • Luckarian
    Luckarian 3 months ago

    Stupid ads, thanks for adblock

  • StartArtSmart
    StartArtSmart 3 months ago +1

    "Interesting Video" -- As I just upgraded my brushes. And they didn't cost that much either. Because they were on sale. (by Artist Loft.) Which did not say why the handles are different colors. So this video was very useful. -- "Thanks!" :)

  • Cat life Fig
    Cat life Fig 3 months ago

    Can you use makeup brushes????

  • Ashley Wang
    Ashley Wang 3 months ago

    Well, I just bought some calligraphy brush to start with. I can find some really decent natural hair brushes for around a pound, and the slowly add on what I need when I develope my skill.๐Ÿผ

  • sโ€™mores
    sโ€™mores 3 months ago


  • khushbu artworks
    khushbu artworks 3 months ago

    Nice tips

  • Angela Em
    Angela Em 3 months ago +1

    Aaaaah mother is an artist so we have lots in the house. I noticed that a good quality brush with nice bristles, a fine tip and a firm wooden handle will reward you in so many ways, that after a while I started thinking their price is actually cheap considering how practical they are...I am a natural hater of synthetic brushes, we don't see eye to eye he he Also if you consider brushes a family, the fan brush would be the punk rock cousin with the tomahawk ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Thank you so much for this crystallization of watercolor brush experience! ๐Ÿ–ผ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปโœจ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    • makoccino
      makoccino  3 months ago +2

      Awww yes! I think it's worth every penny if you get frustration free supplies that will last forever! Haha and I love your comparison ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Pilar Terrones
    Pilar Terrones 3 months ago

    So useful.I didnโ€™t know the use of each brush like the filbert.Now I know!

  • Jhee Grande
    Jhee Grande 3 months ago +1

    wow thank u. Now i realized i just bought a set of acrylic paintbrushes and not a watercolor one. Ughhhhh my dumass. Now I'm super broke.

  • Jhee Grande
    Jhee Grande 3 months ago

    wow thank u. Now i realized i just bought a set of acrylic paintbrushes and not a watercolor one. Ughhhhh my dumass. Now I'm super broke.

  • Mohammad Sameer
    Mohammad Sameer 3 months ago

    Can u please make a logo design with watercolour for bfa applied art

  • saluja ahamed
    saluja ahamed 3 months ago

    You look really beautiful ๐Ÿ˜˜

  • areeba imtiaz
    areeba imtiaz 3 months ago

    Can you give a tutorial on how to make a watercolor hummingbird?

  • Dai Ryuu
    Dai Ryuu 3 months ago

    Thank u for this!! I've been wanting to invest in a good quality brush for a while now! So now I know the guidelines to follow!! Thanks!!! ^^

  • Astra Allurity
    Astra Allurity 3 months ago

    Lmao ive been painting for almost 6 years
    All of my brushes are synthetic and i use all of my brushes for both acrylic and watercolor ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • bl _op
    bl _op 3 months ago

    Wow! This video is really useful because everytime i went to a art store idk what kind of brush i should buy๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Elton
    Elton 3 months ago

    Another great video!

  • Francesco Paolo Ardizzone

    Thank you for the informative video, Makoccino!

  • Shah Bhamini
    Shah Bhamini 3 months ago

    How to make man face

  • Reema Singh
    Reema Singh 3 months ago

    It was such a helpful video๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š loved it๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  • Sonya Sever
    Sonya Sever 3 months ago

    i don't know how u did it, but these macro shootings are pure ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ especially ones with paints

  • Kashish Chandrakar
    Kashish Chandrakar 3 months ago

    Hello there... Can you please explain how to paint the face? Please make a video about it

  • Neel Shah
    Neel Shah 3 months ago


    • Neel Shah
      Neel Shah 3 months ago

      Mako youโ€™re my favourite TVclipr!
      Love your artwork mako!๐Ÿ’–

  • luna star
    luna star 3 months ago

    Do you come from Nederland

  • Artzy Fartzy
    Artzy Fartzy 3 months ago +6

    I Canโ€™t help but think putting together all this info and research about watercolor brushes was A LOT of work. Thanks for putting in the work for us tho๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปthis vid had some helpful tips๐Ÿ˜‰

    • makoccino
      makoccino  3 months ago +1

      Aww thank you! It means a lot!

  • Rayna Wasif
    Rayna Wasif 3 months ago +5

    You should try watercolours from IKEA!

  • WatchuDrawing
    WatchuDrawing 3 months ago

    Great breakdown of the different types of brushes. I wasn't sure of the abilities of some of them, but you explained it so we'll and the examples helped too. Thank you!

  • Stephanie Yu
    Stephanie Yu 3 months ago

    when your painting on wood do you have to do anything before or after u paint it?

  • noony no
    noony no 3 months ago +2

    The brush strands from my brush keep falling out ๐Ÿ—ฟwhy.

  • PinoyGirl
    PinoyGirl 3 months ago +1

    This is what I wake up at 4am for

  • Rashida Zubair
    Rashida Zubair 3 months ago

    Thank you 4 giving us info.โ˜บ

  • nalrya
    nalrya 3 months ago

    Tutorial idea: calligraphy with a liner brush! That small example looked so gorgeous! โ™ฅ

  • arianne baradas
    arianne baradas 3 months ago

    Hi mako!!..๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜im a very fan of your videos...because i also love from philippines...and i see you art room video and you have many watercolors and papers that you didnt only 14years old and doesnt have enough money to buy arts so jealous of you art supplies because you have many...hope you will notice me...๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

    HYPER ZAP 3 months ago

    Wow mako,so cool #makoficationsquad

  • Shelly Yummy
    Shelly Yummy 3 months ago

    This is better than SuperRaeDazzle i see her videos she keeps buying stuff
    And There's one video that hit me and made me hate her it was named "Tips for Poor artist"
    Thats really offensive cause she always buy stuff

  • Jarin Akter
    Jarin Akter 3 months ago


  • alfreds111
    alfreds111 3 months ago

    Sehr lehrreich!

  • Rabia Abid
    Rabia Abid 3 months ago +75

    Anyone who uses the same brushes for each kind of painting..
    No only me, okay ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Loves โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

    • Tim Frey
      Tim Frey Month ago

      I bought two sets on sale years ago, one for watercolor and one for acrylic, but both are cheap and small with no large brushes and the hair falls out a lot, I rarely buy new brushes but I just paint anyway, it just doesn't work exactly how I want sometimes. I can't buy natural hair brushes anyway because it's warm here and we have lots of bugs and I can never keep bugs out of anything with animal fibers (r.i.p. all my sweaters...)

    • AnEcorianTable
      AnEcorianTable Month ago

      I only have 2

    • Sohini Dutta
      Sohini Dutta 3 months ago +2

      Rabia Abid i do too. I have synthetic brushes tho ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚