Introducing Da Vinci’s Colineo Synthetic Watercolour Brushes

I appreciate watercolour brushes and so I was pretty enthusiastic to test out Da Vinci’s new synthetic, vegan watercolour brushes. Lots of brush makers have invested assets into producing a synthetic brush assortment and there are now a developing amount on the industry. The development of artificial brush ranges has been pushed by a amount of components which include the rate of sable and other animal hair, sustainability and lifestyle choices. Let’s verify out how Da Vinci’s Colineo array performs.

Image of Colineo brush range

The most effective Kolinsky sable brushes are designed from the Siberian weasel. It is red sable hair has unique characteristics owing to the chilly atmosphere it lives in. Kolinsky sable brushes are comfortable, flexible and ‘springy’ which usually means that you can get a excellent variety of marks. Thanks to the construction of the hair they also retain h2o perfectly in the tummy of the brush. The water is then slowly and evenly produced onto the paper.

Da Vinci assert that Colineo is a carefully balanced combination of distinctive lengths of straight and wavy synthetic fibres with additional wonderful tips and tapered details, superior elasticity and colour absorption.

A elegant searching brush

The Colineo range includes round, flat, riggers, swords & fan brushes.
The Colineo selection features spherical, flat, riggers, swords & lover brushes

These brushes unquestionably seem the aspect although they may well induce critical bouts of brush envy in your art class! They have a beautiful clean, grey, plywood manage in a hexagonal condition so that it does not roll off your desk as simply. The brush head is held in position with a double crimped silver ferrule. The brush alone seems just like it’s sable counterpart.

Test 1 – Drinking water potential

There is a common misunderstanding that synthetic brushes do not maintain the same volume of water as conventional sable brushes. So I determined to set this to the check.

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

I loaded a good quality sable brush with drinking water and pink pigment and drew lines throughout the paper until the brush ran dry. I then took the Colineo round synthetic brush primed with drinking water and purple pigment and recurring the exact same process. The outcomes previously mentioned talk for by themselves, it is crystal clear that the Colineo artificial brush holds as substantially as if not extra than the sable brush I analyzed.

Check 2 – Mark creating variety

It’s crucial that a brush can make a range of distinct marks dependent on how the brush is held and the force utilized. 1st I experimented with out the Round no. 8 brush.

image if marks made with round Colineo brush

I was ready to generate a wide variety of lines from slender through to fatter dense traces furthermore dry brush strains. I beloved the organic traces I obtained by holding the brush correct at the conclude also. The issue remained sharp and did not split. There was a superior quantity of spring to the brush head to help me to make much more energetic marks much too.

Image of brush marks made with flat Colineo brush

Following I tried out out the Flat no. 12. Once more, I was amazed by the variety of strains I could achieve applying both equally the total flat of the brush and also on it’s side. The brush head did not split, even when working with it on it is facet, so I was rewarded with sharp traces. Gripping the brush and keeping it much more parallel to the paper allowed me to create textural marks too.

My conclusion

Each brushes felt fantastic to maintain in different grips and in various locations along the brush. The fat felt proper where ever I held the brush. Both brushes performed nicely and the high-quality is great, as you would expect from Da Vinci. The cost stage is appealing far too significantly for painters wanting to top up their selection of larger sized sized brushes without the need of breaking the financial institution.

If you’re a vegan artist, or want to slice down on the amount of money of animal-derived artwork elements you use then this array is a terrific selection.

All round I am amazed! Da Vinci’s statements live up to their guarantee and I think a few of these brushes will be acquiring their way into my assortment – you can under no circumstances have plenty of brushes!