February 22, 2024

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Introducing Da Vinci’s Colineo Synthetic Watercolour Brushes

I enjoy watercolour brushes and so I was incredibly psyched to attempt out Da Vinci’s new artificial, vegan watercolour brushes. Many brush suppliers have invested resources into creating a artificial brush selection and there are now a increasing variety on the industry. The development of synthetic brush ranges has been pushed by a number of things including the price tag of sable and other animal hair, sustainability and lifestyle possibilities. Let us check out how Da Vinci’s Colineo assortment performs.


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The finest Kolinsky sable brushes are produced from the Siberian weasel. It’s red sable hair has unique characteristics owing to the chilly surroundings it lives in. Kolinsky sable brushes are gentle, flexible and ‘springy’ which suggests that you can get a excellent variety of marks. Due to the structure of the hair they also retain drinking water perfectly in the stomach of the brush. The water is then little by little and evenly introduced on to the paper.

Da Vinci assert that Colineo is a thoroughly well balanced combination of diverse lengths of straight and wavy synthetic fibres with additional good guidelines and tapered factors, significant elasticity and colour absorption.

A stylish hunting brush

The Colineo range includes round, flat, riggers, swords & fan brushes.
The Colineo variety involves round, flat, riggers, swords & enthusiast brushes

These brushes certainly look the portion although they may well induce critical bouts of brush envy in your artwork course! They have a pretty clean, grey, plywood deal with in a hexagonal condition so that it does not roll off your desk as effortlessly. The brush head is held in spot with a double crimped silver ferrule. The brush itself appears to be just like it is sable counterpart.

Exam 1 – Drinking water potential

There is a widespread misconception that artificial brushes do not maintain the exact same quantity of h2o as classic sable brushes. So I resolved to set this to the take a look at.

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Colineo synthetic brush in pink & sable brush in pink

I loaded a very good good quality sable brush with drinking water and pink pigment and drew strains throughout the paper right until the brush ran dry. I then took the Colineo spherical artificial brush primed with drinking water and red pigment and recurring the very same approach. The benefits previously mentioned speak for themselves, it is obvious that the Colineo synthetic brush holds as considerably as if not a lot more than the sable brush I analyzed.

Exam 2 – Mark producing variety

It’s significant that a brush can create a array of different marks dependent on how the brush is held and the force used. Very first I tried out out the Spherical no. 8 brush.

image if marks made with round Colineo brush

I was in a position to develop a selection of lines from thin by means of to fatter dense traces plus dry brush lines. I cherished the organic and natural strains I reached by keeping the brush correct at the stop too. The place remained sharp and did not split. There was a excellent amount of spring to the brush head to allow me to make a lot more energetic marks also.

Image of brush marks made with flat Colineo brush

Up coming I experimented with out the Flat no. 12. Yet again, I was amazed by the range of strains I could achieve employing the two the entire flat of the brush and also on it is facet. The brush head did not break up, even when applying it on it is aspect, so I was rewarded with sharp traces. Gripping the brush and holding it more parallel to the paper authorized me to produce textural marks way too.

My conclusion

Both of those brushes felt superior to maintain in different grips and in distinctive spots alongside the brush. The weight felt right where ever I held the brush. The two brushes executed properly and the good quality is great, as you would be expecting from Da Vinci. The price tag place is interesting too significantly for painters wanting to prime up their assortment of greater sized brushes with no breaking the lender.

If you are a vegan artist, or want to cut down on the sum of animal-derived artwork resources you use then this range is a terrific solution.

Overall I am amazed! Da Vinci’s promises live up to their promise and I consider a couple of of these brushes will be locating their way into my assortment – you can in no way have adequate brushes!