Introducing Da Vinci’s Colineo Synthetic Watercolour Brushes

I enjoy watercolour brushes and so I was pretty fired up to attempt out Da Vinci’s new synthetic, vegan watercolour brushes. Several brush suppliers have invested assets into producing a artificial brush range and there are now a growing variety on the industry. The advancement of artificial brush ranges has been driven by a variety of things including the rate of sable and other animal hair, sustainability and life style alternatives. Let us examine out how Da Vinci’s Colineo selection performs.


Image of Colineo brush range

The very best Kolinsky sable brushes are created from the Siberian weasel. It’s red sable hair has exceptional features thanks to the chilly ecosystem it lives in. Kolinsky sable brushes are comfortable, adaptable and ‘springy’ which usually means that you can get a fantastic selection of marks. Because of to the framework of the hair they also retain water effectively in the tummy of the brush. The drinking water is then gradually and evenly unveiled on to the paper.

Da Vinci declare that Colineo is a cautiously well balanced mixture of unique lengths of straight and wavy synthetic fibres with excess fantastic recommendations and tapered points, superior elasticity and colour absorption.

A classy searching brush

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

These brushes unquestionably appear the aspect even though they may perhaps induce major bouts of brush envy in your artwork course! They have a beautiful smooth, grey, plywood take care of in a hexagonal condition so that it doesn’t roll off your desk as simply. The brush head is held in spot with a double crimped silver ferrule. The brush itself seems just like it is sable counterpart.

Examination 1 – Water capability

There is a prevalent false impression that synthetic brushes do not maintain the exact same amount of h2o as regular sable brushes. So I resolved to place this to the check.

water capacity test image
Colineo artificial brush in crimson & sable brush in pink

I loaded a great excellent sable brush with water and pink pigment and drew traces across the paper right up until the brush ran dry. I then took the Colineo spherical synthetic brush primed with water and pink pigment and repeated the same method. The benefits above speak for them selves, it is distinct that the Colineo artificial brush holds as substantially as if not much more than the sable brush I examined.

Examination 2 – Mark making variety

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

image if marks made with round Colineo brush

I was able to deliver a selection of lines from slender as a result of to fatter dense strains furthermore dry brush strains. I loved the organic traces I attained by holding the brush right at the end far too. The issue remained sharp and did not split. There was a good sum of spring to the brush head to permit me to generate far more energetic marks much too.

Image of brush marks made with flat Colineo brush

Subsequent I tried out the Flat no. 12. Once again, I was amazed by the assortment of lines I could obtain using each the whole flat of the brush and also on it’s facet. The brush head did not split, even when employing it on it’s facet, so I was rewarded with sharp strains. Gripping the brush and holding it far more parallel to the paper permitted me to create textural marks much too.

My conclusion

Both brushes felt superior to keep in distinct grips and in various areas alongside the brush. The fat felt suitable where ever I held the brush. Both brushes executed very well and the quality is exceptional, as you would expect from Da Vinci. The price tag position is desirable far too specifically for painters wanting to best up their collection of larger sized brushes without the need of breaking the lender.

If you’re a vegan artist, or want to reduce down on the amount of money of animal-derived art supplies you use then this selection is a fantastic alternative.

All round I am impressed! Da Vinci’s statements stay up to their assure and I consider a several of these brushes will be acquiring their way into my assortment – you can hardly ever have plenty of brushes!

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