Waterbrush vs Watercolor Brush


Waterbrush and a watercolor brush using the same colors produced different results.

Stillman & Birn Epsilon Sketchbook on the left and a Canson XL Mix Media on the right.

The soft color and faded effect can be put to good use especially in the small confines of a journal. If you want consistent color, fill a waterbrush with watercolor or fountain pen ink. The chamber doesn’t need to be full to work well. Noodler’s would be a good choice since it is economical and can be stretched with the addition of a little water. Use the same ink in your fountain pen for a monochromatic piece. Or pick contrasting colors for playful pages. Aqua and peach anyone?





  1. I’ve never used that kind of waterbrush, but filling it with watercolor or ink seems like a great idea. Also interesting that the waterbrush looks like the brushstrokes were retained…🙂


    • The waterbrush takes more effort to load than a traditional watercolor brush. Filling one with color makes the flow much more consistent and suitable for calligraphy or whimsical lettering. It’s a fun tool however you decide to use it.


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