Academy Synthetic (Watercolor)
Several sizes of white taklon filaments are encased within a seamless brass plated nickel ferrule, making our brushes less likely to shed or lose their handles after repeated use. Varied filament sizes allow for an amazing capacity to hold liquid, and for laying down color in smooth, fluid strokes. An Academy brush is exceptionally durable and maintains a perfect shape even with repeated use. It also cleans up easily and is less prone to breakage than many other watercolor brushes. Academy® watercolor brushes work in tandem with the Academy® line of watercolor paints.
Academy Synthetic (Watercolor) - Flat
Flat: Longer hairs than a bright, this brush has more flex and a large color carrying capability. Often used on its edge to create crisp lines or on the broad side to cover large areas with paint quickly. Often used as a primary blending brush.
Academy Synthetic (Watercolor) - 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 Synthetic (Watercolor) - 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 Synthetic (Watercolor) - Mop
Mop: Primarily used in watercolor painting, mops have a large rounded shape that lays in large areas of color with a soft edge, and is often used to absorb excess color or water from a surface. May also be used for blending wet areas in watercolor. For oil painting, mops have been used to apply glazes to dry layers of paint, as well as for blending and shading oil colors.
Academy Synthetic (Watercolor) - 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 Synthetic (Watercolor) - 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 Synthetic (Watercolor) - 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.