I've decided that this month's posting in my journal keeping series, should be about my most favorite tool in my journal keeping supply kit. I don't really like to play favorites, but if I was forced to pick the one tool that I couldn't live without, it would be my water brush. Last year I did a posting on my supply kit (here), but I just love this water brush so much, I had to devote a whole post to it.
In general, I'm a person who likes to travel light. (I'll confess to getting a little too excited when I see tiny, compact art supplies.) The last thing I want if I'm out and about, it's too feel weighed down. I like to have a few bare essentials that I can break out quickly in a flash of inspiration, or take with me on a day I don't want to carry a lot.
This brush is about 7" long and you unscrew the top and fill it with water. With a gentle push on the sides, water comes out through the tip and you've got water to work with. Using it on some lines you've just draw with water soluble ink instantly adds another dimension to whatever you're sketching.
While I wouldn't recommend this if you were really doing a watercolor and wanted to take your time and do something more exact, for a quick sketch while you're on the go, it's perfect. It also works well with water soluble crayons if I want to add a little color.
I usually don't see these at art supplies stores, but I have seen them at craft stores, and I also found a listing for one on amazon. I hope you might discover a new favorite tool!