A student grade brush made from a mix of goat and pony hair, Academy natural hair watercolor brushes offer softness and strength at an affordable price. These brushes carry large amounts of color and are ideal for washes and lettering techniques, as well as blending and touch up work.
Academy Natural - Aquarelle
Aquarelle: A watercolor specific brush used for laying down large areas of water or color. The end of the handle is angled and used to scrape and burnish.
Academy Natural - Filbert
Filbert: Also called a cat's tongue due to the flat, oval edge. Creates a softer edge than a flat or bright, and is used for blending particularly because the bristles stick together well when wet.
Academy Natural - Liner
Liner: Similar to rounds, but with longer hairs. Liners have a large color carrying capacity and makes long, fluid strokes. Creates thin lines for detail work such as outlining, lettering, stippling, and highlighting. Often used for creating hair, whiskers, script, branches, vines, and other subjects requiring fine detail.
Academy Natural - Oval Wash
Oval Wash: A cross between a mop and a filbert, the oval wash is used primarily in watercolor painting for laying in large amounts of color, blending, and for applying glazes to oils and acrylics.
Academy Natural - Round
Round: Shorter hair than a liner, rounds come in a wider variety of sizes from very fine to extra large. Smaller sizes are typically used for detail work and larger sizes tend to be used for washes and filling in color. A round brush stroke is tapered and can create lines that are fine to thick. The round has less versatility than the flatter brushes.
Academy Natural - Stroke
Stroke: Strokes have long, rectangular ends that are primarily used for watercolor and ink applications, as well as for sign painting as they have a large color carrying capacity and create long, fluid strokes. May be used to lay-in large areas of color, create detail, and for blending depending on the brush size and fiber make up. Similar to flats, strokes tend to have a slightly more tapered end.
Academy Natural - Wash
Wash: A wide, flat brush used primarily in watercolor painting to lay-in large amounts of color, to wet paper, or for blending. For oils and acrylics, soft wash brushes can be used for glazing and varnishing.