Monday, 12 July 2010

My Favorite Tool

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!

7 comments:

linda said...

I've always wondered about those brushes and if you run out of water perhaps?! Does seem a lot more handy and neater than brush and water :)

Kristin said...

They do run out of water, although not as quickly as you'd think. Easy to refill anywhere though. Bathrooms, water fountains, lakes...

Lizzie said...

Thanks Kristin, this is a good idea. I have some of those water-soluble crayons. They're great, though I tend to use them to paint with, rather than directly on paper as crayons. I scribble onto a piece of thick, clear plastic I saved from some packaging, then wet the scribble. It will blend like tempera/poster paints and can be thinned to a watercolour consistency too. The water-brush could be good for this also..but I suppose I'd need more than one, or somewhere to rinse it (which kind of misses the point of the brush really!). Still, they're very versatile and oculd be great for sketches, along with the water-brush. Must try it.

Maudie Made said...

What happens if you want to use a different colour? Do you need to wash them between uses? Or does the colour not get into the water?

Katie said...

I love the water brush for conservation work - it makes great lines for tearing Japanese paper with a feathered edge!

Useful Books said...

I like the waterbrush for certain things but feel I have less control with paint. They always put more water out there than I expect. It's actually pretty easy to clean by just squeezing out a little water and scrubbing it on a paper towel. So add paper towel to your kit!

minusplusminus said...

I tried this brush for the first time couple of weeks ago while visiting friends, used theirs to work on a collaborative drawings that we started after couple glasses of wine. Really, really like it. It worked beautiful with ink, watercolor pencils and pens. Need to make a trip to craft store and get my own, thanks for reminding :)