ZenART's Membership Plans Terms & Conditions

(Updates effective 17/08/2020)

These terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) govern the ZenART Supplies Rewards & Referral Plan as well as Subscribe & Save Plan (“Membership Plans”), and members of the programs will earn zen coins in connection with the purchase of qualifying online products and online activities that are redeemable towards the purchase of certain products online. For the re-occurring members (Subscribe & Save Plan) this includes exclusive gifts & content.


  • Free. No purchase is necessary to obtain membership in the Rewards & Referral Program, but you must establish an account at https://shop.zenartsupplies.co/account/register . Please see our privacy policy, located here, to understand how information you provide us will be used. This program is void where prohibited.
  • Eligibility. In order to be eligible for the Rewards & Referral Program, you must create an account as outlined in these Terms and Conditions. You may create an account if you are at least seventeen (17) years of age, have Internet access, and have a valid mailing address. If you are between the ages of 17 and 18, you must have your parent’s permission to register for an account. If you choose to create an account, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account, username and password and for restricting access to your account. You are responsible for keeping such information current, complete, accurate and truthful. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account, username and/or password. You agree to provide only current, complete, accurate and truthful information. If you are accessing and using the Site on someone else’s behalf, you represent that you have the authority to bind that person as the principal to all Terms and Conditions provided herein, and to the extent you do not have such authority you agree to be bound to these Terms and Conditions and to accept liability for harm caused by any wrongful use of the Site or Content resulting from such access or use. You may only have one member account per natural person. Persons who are discovered to have more than one account forfeit their zen coins and will be unsubscribed from the Loyalty Program.
  • How To Enroll in the Rewards & Referral Program. (a) Create an account: Visit www.zenartsupplies.com (the "Site" or "Online") and become a registered user of the Site. Click here to be taken directly to the registration page. You will be asked for your first and last name, your email address, and a password. You will also be given the option to sign up for our newsletter. Once you have submitted the requisite information, you will be sent an email to the address you listed confirming your membership. Once you have confirmed your email address, you are automatically enrolled in the Reward & Referral Program and are a member (“Member”).
  • How to Access/Change Your Member Information. You must keep your personal information on your Account up-to-date. To do so, click on the "My Account" section and access your account by entering your registered email address and current password. From your dashboard you can access your account information; review your current and past orders; change your profile; manage your subscriptions and applications, and access your previous purchases.
  • How to Cancel Your Membership. You may cancel an account at any time. To cancel your account, please send an email to support@zenartsupplies.co and write “cancel membership” in the subject line. The email must come from the account currently listed on our servers as being associated with your Rewards & Referral Program. If you no longer have access to that email address, please email our customer service department and we will verify your status and cancel your account. Upon cancellation, you are no longer a member, and any unused zen coins accrued in your account will be forfeited and cannot be redeemed. Zen coins maintain their value only on valid accounts in good standing, and except as otherwise provided here for redemption, have no cash value outside of their redemption value on the Site.


  • General Members can earn zen coins on the purchase of qualifying online products at zenartsupplies.co. To receive zen coins for your Online purchases, you must be signed into your account. You may check at any time to see if you are signed in to the Site by looking in the upper right-hand corner of the site. Gift cards do not qualify for zen coins. Other products that do not qualify for zen coins are noted on the Site.
  • Earning Rate. Members earn 5 sen coins for every $1.00 spent on qualifying purchases (in other words, one (5) zen coins for every one dollar ($1) spent). Zen coins are based on your order subtotal, after any discounts, only. Zen coins are rounded down to the nearest whole number. For example, if you spend $9.99, you will receive 9 zen coins. The calculation is as follows: $9.99 x 1 zen coins per dollar = 9.99 zen coins, which is rounded down to 9 zen coins. This program started on August 17, 2020, and initial levels were set on the 2020 amount spent on ordering products. Note: Shipping and Taxes are not taken into consideration. If an item is return and/or price adjusted that will also be removed from your rewards calculations.
  • Gift Cards. Gift card purchases are not eligible to receive zen coins. However, once a gift card is redeemed, zen coins will be awarded to the recipient for the subtotal after any gift card values, provided s/he is logged into the account, as outlined in these Terms and Conditions.
  • Addition of Zen Coins to Accounts. Zen Coins will be added to your Account under the following conditions, and will generally show up immediately. You will receive zen coins:
    • At the time of account registration
    • During the purchase of qualifying products
    • For other activities outlined on the Site that may show up from time to time. Note that for these other activities, including “bonus zen coins” accumulations and other zen coin promotions, zen coins may show as “pending,” depending upon the activity.
    • Joining the Birthday Club. Birthdate must be entered 30 days before your Birthday to qualify.
    • For Liking the ZenART Supplies Facebook page and sharing the ZenART Supplies Facebook page with your following. This is good one time only.
    • Following ZenART Supplies on Instagram. This is good one time only.
    • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Your account will be automatically awarded the discount only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying purchase. Discount will automatically be applied to account if stipulations are met.
  • Exclusions. Members earn zen coins only on the purchase price of: (i) qualifying online products. Calculation of zen coins excludes payment by the Member for shipping charges and all taxes, including without limitation, federal, state, and local taxes or use taxes. Zen Coins will not be earned on any discounts or other credits offered in connection with a product or service. For example, if a product that is normally $50 is on sale for $25, a Member will only earn zen coins on the purchase price of $25. Purchases of gift cards, redemption of vouchers, and any type of price adjustments, including merchandise returns, are not eligible for zen coins. All purchases made: (i) by a Member prior to such member joining the Program, (ii) Online without a Member being logged onto the Website with the Member's Account number linked to the Member's Online account, are not eligible for Reward & Referral Program credit. The purchase of ZenART Supplies products outside the Zenartsupplies.co website are not eligible for the Reward & Referral Program.
  • Returns/Order Cancellations. Zen Coins earned for a purchase that is then the subject of a return, cancellation, refund, declined credit card or gift card, or other credit will be deducted from your account in an amount equal to the zen coins earned for the original transaction, including any bonus zen coins that may be applicable. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return. Zen Coins redeemed on an order will not be reapplied back to your rewards account for any reason on a returned order. If a return/cancellation will cause your account to have a negative zen coin balance, you will not begin earning zen coins again until your zen coins balance is returned to zero (0), by making purchases, or engaging in other promotional activities offered from time to time. If an item is exchanged (different product) any redeemed rewards on the initial purchase may be transferred to the exchange one (1) time only. Rewards used on an order that is canceled cannot be reapplied as they are good for just one use.
  • Bonus Zen Coins Promotions. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may run certain bonus zen coin promotions. Under bonus zen coin promotions, Members can earn additional or "bonus zen coins" in connection with the purchase of certain online products. When you purchase these specially marked products or make the purchase during a bonus zen coins time period, you will earn bonus zen coins on each product, as specified in the offer. Bonus zen coin promotions are subject to the terms and conditions of the offer and may be offered at any time in ZenART Supplies sole discretion. Bonus zen coin offers cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • Limitations on Bonus Zen Coins and Zen Coins, Generally. These terms apply to zen coins and bonus zen coins accruals. If you purchase a product during a promotion and the product comes with an additional, free product, zen coins will not be issued on the retail value of the free product. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product and pay a portion of the retail price after the zen coin's redemption, you will receive zen coins only on the leftover retail amount you pay, and not on any value attributed to the zen coin you used. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product in an amount equal to the full price of the product, you will not earn any zen coins.
  • Non-purchase Options for Earning Zen Coins. You may also earn additional zen coins on non-purchase activities. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may offer you the chance to win various prizes, and earn zen coins, for entering into promotions. For sweepstakes promotions, there is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PLAY OR TO WIN. Rules and restrictions will apply to such promotions and may be found on the entry page of any promotion.
  • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Email a friend an $8 off coupon on $50 order by clicking “ Earn Zen Coins” then “ Refer a Friend”. Enter the email address of a friend who has not purchased with ZenART Supplies before (if your referral has shopped with us before the referral link will be automatically voided by the system). A referral link will be sent to your friend with an $8 off coupon on a $50 order. $8 off coupon on $50 order will automatically be rewarded to your account only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying first-time purchase with ZenART Supplies. Your Referral friend will receive an $8 off coupon on $50 order, 200 zen coins for signing up, and zen coins from their first purchase made while signed into their new ZenART Supplies account.


  • How To Use Your Zen Coins. Zen Coins must be used in increments outlined in these Terms and Conditions. The maximum number of zen coins that may be used in a single transaction is 10,000 zen coins. Zen Coins may only be used Online at the ZenART Supplies website. Zen Coins towards Products: Members can use their zen coins to reduce the purchase price of a product or to receive a product for free based on the following scale:
    • 500 zen coins = $5.00 off
    • 1,000 zen coins = $10.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 1,500 zen coins = $15.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 2,500 zen coins = $25.00 off your at least $50 order

    Zen Coins can only be redeemed in any combination of the zen coin and increment amounts set forth above. Redemption of zen coins towards purchases of products is subject to product availability. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return.

  • Gift cards. Once available, zen coins cannot be used towards the purchase of gift cards. Gift card redemption, however, is eligible for zen coins. Zen Coins accrued pursuant to the use of a gift card will benefit the gift card user, provided the user has an account in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
  • To Redeem your Zen Coins. Before you begin shopping with us, sign in to your Shop account on our site. Select “Redeem Zen Coins” from the red tab housed in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and select the amount of zen coins you would like to redeem. You will be issued a custom code that you can copy and paste into the discount bar during check out (Please note - only one code can be used). Your total payment amount will be discounted by the amount of zen coins you allocate to the purchase. Note that zen coins may only be redeemed for the purchase price of the product. Sales tax, shipping, and other handling charges assessed in addition to the price of the product are your responsibility and zen coins may not be used to discount these additional charges.
  • Exclusions. Only one account per natural person. Only one discount code can be redeemed per transaction. Rewards redemption codes may not be combined with any other discount codes. Zen Coins may not be transferred or gifted at this time. Zen Coins cannot be used on past purchases. Zen Coins accumulated on different accounts by different members may not be combined or aggregated to make purchases of products or for any other reason. Zen Coins earned in a transaction cannot be redeemed in the same transaction. Redeemed zen coins cannot be retroactively applied to any past order or receive a price adjustment on any order where redeemed zen coins were not applied. Zen Coins have no cash value outside of the ZenART Supplies website and are available only to members in good standing.
  • Zen Coins Expiration and Time Lapses. All zen coins acquired, whether standard zen coins or bonus zen coins, shall expire 180 days from the date the zen coins are added to your account. Zen Coins expire 180 days from the date in which they were assigned to your account. Specific onsite activities in which zen coins will be awarded are set to accrue zen coins based on a time-lapse at the discretion of ZenART Supplies.
    • Sign up: zen coins are added to your account instantly
    • Order: zen coins are added to your account when your order is placed.
  • Once zen coins are redeemed, a discount code will be assigned and we are unable to cancel the discount code and reapply the zen coins to your Reward & Referral account. Discount codes generated by redeeming zen coins do not expire until used. They are a one-time use code, so once it is used it is gone. If an order is returned zen coins will not be reinstated.

4. Subscribe & Save Plan

  • Re-occurring purchase. Purchase is necessary in order to participate in this plan. The plan is worth $6.95 and will be charged to your account on the same date of the month that you purchased the plan, i.e. if you purchased the plan on 19th of January, you will be charged for the plan on the 19th of each month you are a Subscribe & Save Plan member.
  • 15% re-occurring discount. As a member of the subscribe & Save Plan, you are eligible for a 15% discount every time you put an order in place. You are qualified for the discount as soon as you purchase the plan.
  • Cancellation. After a purchase made with a Subscribe & Save Plan, you are not able to get a refund for the plan for the month the purchase was valid for but you can cancel for the following months.
  • Free samples & accessories. These are included for members of Subscribe & Save Plan only. These are not included in each order but the member will be informed when they will receive "extras" in their order.
  • Access to exclusive content. Exclusive access to tutorials, guides, tips & tricks in video, pdf, or audio format will be part of the membership program. Not all exclusive content is available but what is and will be available is up to ZenART Supplies sole discretion.


  • By registering with Zenartsupplies.co and joining the Reward & Referral Program, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth in these Terms and Conditions, as well as any other terms that may be associated with the Reward & Referral Program. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to cancel, modify, suspend or restrict the Reward & Referral Program, your account, the redemption of zen coins, or any aspect of the Program, including, without limitation, the zen coin conversion ratio and the zen coin expiration policy at any time. Any changes can be made without advance notice. ZenART Supplies may make these changes even though such changes may affect your ability to use zen coins already accumulated. You are responsible for remaining knowledgeable about the Program Terms and Conditions. A Member's zen coins balance, as reflected in ZenART Supplies records, shall be deemed correct. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to determine the amount of zen coins in any Member's account based on ZenART Supplies' internal records related to such Member's account. In the event of an inconsistency between the amount accrued in a Member's account as stated on any Member's receipt and ZenART Supplies internal records, ZenART Supplies internal records will control. ZenART Supplies assumes no responsibility for errors caused by incorrect Member information. Your right to transfer zen coins earned or granted under the Program is strictly limited. The sale of zen coins is prohibited and may result in the confiscation or cancellation of your zen coins as well as suspension or termination of your membership, which in each case shall be final and conclusive. All transactions involving zen coins and all Member accounts are subject to review and verification by ZenART Supplies. The zen coins balance in a Member's account may be unavailable for use when an account or transaction is under review. ZenART Supplies may revoke any Member's membership in the Reward & Referral Program at any time if such Member engages in abuse of the Reward & Referral Program or fails to follow the terms and conditions of the Program. Fraud or abuse relating to the accrual of zen coins or redemption of rewards may result in revocation of membership in the Program and may affect a Member's eligibility for participation in any other ZenART Supplies program, present or future. Zen Coins are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. The interpretation and application of the Program's Terms and Conditions are at the sole discretion and determination of ZenART Supplies. For more information or other questions, click on Contact Us.
  • The Terms and Conditions of the loyalty program are subject to change at ZenART Supplies’ sole discretion at any time and without notice to customers. Upon customer’s at-will termination of their Zenartsupplies.com registered account, or if a customer is termination for violation of these Terms and Conditions or other activities in violation of the intent and good faith intended use of this Site, all zen coins will immediately be forfeited and will no longer be redeemable. ZenART Supplies will make reasonable efforts to award zen coins as outlined above to all 1. registered and 2. qualifying Zenartsupplies.co customers but is not responsible for any technical or unforeseen errors that may occur.
  • Zen Coins are nontransferable, nonredeemable for cash, are nonrefundable and are not valid outside of Zenartsupplies.co. Purchases made outside Zenartsupplies.co are not valid for zen coin accrual (this includes, but is not limited to Facebook resell groups, Ebay, and Amazon).
  • Employees of ZenART Supplies are not eligible to participate in the Reward & Referral Program.

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Watercolor Brush Sizes - A Useful Guide

Watercolor Brush Sizes - A Useful Guide

Watercolor Brush Shapes | What size watercolor brushes do I need? | Watercolor Brush Size Chart | Choosing A Watercolor Brush

Before we venture into the varied world of watercolor brush sizes, you might be looking to try out oil painting as well. Start by finding out what colors you need to start with in our Basic Oil Paints - Working With A Limited Palette article.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: Looking for something in particular? Jump ahead using the links below:

Watercolor Brush Sizes
What are the different shapes of watercolor brushes?
Watercolor Brush Size Chart
What size watercolor brushes do I need?
How do I choose a watercolor brush?

Watercolor Brush Sizes

Watercolor brushes sizes come in a dizzying range of numbered sizes, not to mention the various shapes and hair used. It's so easy to get lost in the sea of options and end up with some that you don't even end up using. 

Brushes are just as important as the paints and paper you use for your watercolor paintings. That's why it's worth investing in good quality watercolor brushes. There's a notable difference in their performance and durability compared to the cheaper ones. So it's best to get acquainted with the various sizes and what they really mean before buying any. It'll save you your precious time, peace of mind, and money.

There are quite a number of things to consider before settling on which brushes to get for yourself. Should you get natural, synthetic, a natural and synthetic blend? Do you really need all the different shapes and types? I won't be discussing that here as it's covered in more detail in Watercolor Brushes for Beginners and Experts. You'll find there a brief history of watercolor brushes, the different kinds of hair used, and the anatomy of the brush. I'll quickly go through the different shapes as they are part of the watercolor brush sizes decision making process you'll be making.

What are the different shapes of watercolor brushes?

The two most common shapes of watercolor brushes used by artists are the round and flat brushes. But there are other brush shapes that you will also find useful for certain applications and techniques as you move further along. I'll list them all below:

Round Brush

This is the most common and most versatile brush of the whole lot. You can use it for washes, painting broad strokes, and for finer details as well. It also comes in an amazing variety of shapes and sizes.

Flat Brush

It's most useful for broad linear strokes and for applying washes. The ideal brush to use for those crisp and straight edges.

Mop Brush

This brush is mostly used for washes, it's thick bellied and holds a lot of water and pigment. They don't always have pointy ends, but the more expensive ones do.

Wash Brush

It's like a flat brush but much wider and is ideal for laying down large areas of washes easily. 

Rigger Brush

This is a round brush that has long hair and a thin point. Despite its small size, it can hold a good amount of water making it suitable for long lines, scrollwork, and other fine detail. 

Angled Brush

It's similar to a flat brush but with an angled brush shape. Making it useful for painting sharp corners or edges and curved strokes. Since it's still a flat brush, you can also use it for flat washes.

Filbert Brush

This is also another kind of flat brush but with an oval shape that can be quite useful for blending. It's rounded head makes it useful for painting soft round edges such as the petals of flowers. 

Cat's Tongue Brush

It's a two-in-one brush, a flat brush but with a fine and pointy tip just like a cat's tongue!

Fan Brush

This is also flat but with widely spread hair fanning out in a semi-circle shape. It's great for creating textural effects.

Spotter Brush

It's a detail paint brush that has fine and short hair making it useful for small and minute detail work. It's also used as a "retouching" brush for minor corrections.

Hake Brush

Originally from Japan, this brush is similar to a wash brush, wide and great for painting big swatches of washes.

If you like to do great big washes, then you might someday want to check out the hake brush.

Watercolor brushes have smaller and shorter handles than the brushes used for oil and acrylic. Most watercolor artists like to work on smaller sized paintings, this means it requires working much more closely on the paper or surface. I myself tend to hold my watercolor brushes at the ferrule for optimum brush control. A long and heavy handle won't be doing you any favors. And will be much harder to balance.

Watercolor Brush Size Chart

And now that we've gone through the various shapes, let's head on to the sizing part. Watercolor brushes have numbers on them identifying their sizes, this kind of numbering system is typically used for the round and flat brushes. The other brushes' sizes are numbered according to their width and length.

There is no one standard of numbering that is to be followed exactly, so the numbering of the round and flat watercolor brush sizes vary across different brands. But don't worry, though they may not be the same, the difference is just slight. The numbers range from as big as 50 to as small as 0000 (or 4/0 meaning four zeros or 1/64" meaning 0.4 mm). Yes, even how the brushes below zero are labelled vary. I have never personally used a size 50 brush myself, but it would be interesting to see how and when to use one. 

Beginning with 24 and going down to 10, the brush sizes decrease in increments of two. And then from 10 going down to 0000, it covers all the numbers.

Brush Size Chart for Round Brushes
This is a good representation of the round brush sizing beginning from number 24 to 0000. Some numbers between 2-10 were skipped (3,5,7,9), but you get the idea.
Brush Size Chart for Flat Brushes
Similar to the round brushes' chart above, some numbers were skipped between numbers 2-10 (3,5,7,9).

It can easily get quite confusing and stressful trying to narrow down your choices when you have that many to choose from. That's why ZenART's co-founder, Ardak Kassenova, envisioned and designed watercolor brush sets for every stage of your watercolor painting journey. There are three sets in our watercolor supplies range to choose from - Black Tulip, Turner Collection, and Fine Line - according to what you're looking for.

What size watercolor brushes do I need?

If you're just starting out then you don't need to buy too many different sizes yet. I would recommend you to have three round brushes - one in a small size (2-4), one in a mid-range size (6-8), and one in a larger size (10-12). You'll also need one or two flat brushes or wash brushes for those huge areas of washes that you need to do. It will be hard going if you just use your round brush, especially if you need to paint a wide section. One small and one large will be more than enough to start with. And a rigger brush (1-2) will be useful as well.

Black Tulip

ZenART's Black Tulip is the perfect set for any beginner and aspiring artist. It's a 6-pc vegan brush set for watercolor, acrylic, and other water media. The brushes are made from the finest Japanese synthetic fibers that mimic squirrel and kolinsky sable. They hold their shape well with an added snap due to their high elasticity. Allowing for smooth control and excellent water and pigment distribution on your paper. This set has all the watercolor brush sizes and shapes you'll ever need for starting out, making it the preferred choice by even the professional artists.

The brushes in this set are as follows:

  • #2 Rigger
  • #8 Round
  • #8 Flat
  • #10 Round
  • 3/4 " Flat
  • 3/4 " Cat's Tongue
Black Tulip watercolor brush size chart.
On the left: Demonstration of how the Black Tulip brushes can be used to create a variety of brush strokes.

In this video, Ardak Kassenova, Artist, Co-Founder & Creative Director of ZenART Supplies is painting using the Black Tulip watercolor brush set.

Turner Collection

If you're looking for a more comprehensive set, then the Turner Collection is the one for you. I personally love this set as it has all the brushes I need. It's a 14-pc brush set for watercolors, gouache, acrylic, and other water media. The brushes are made with natural squirrel and synthetic blend for exceptional water and pigment absorption. The synthetic fibers give them an added springiness that allows the brushes to snap back into shape. This is a set that's designed and tested by professional artists. It comes in a beautiful and sleek satin case for easy organizing and protection whether at home or when bringing them along for plein air painting or traveling. 

The brushes included in the Turner Collection are:

  • #3 Round - Squirrel Mix
  • #3 Rigger - Squirrel Mix
  • #5 Round - Squirrel Mix
  • #6 Filbert - Squirrel Mix
  • #7 Round - Squirrel Mix
  • #8 Flat - Squirrel Mix
  • #11 Round - Squirrel Mix
  • #1 Cat's Tongue - Squirrel Mix
  • #000 Detail Round  - Synthetic
  • #2 Round - Synthetic
  • #3 Fan - Synthetic
  • # 5 Angle - Synthetic
  • #4 Flat - Synthetic

And the 14th pc is a #2 palette knife!

Turner Collection watercolor brush size chart.

Here, Ardak is demonstrating the extensive versatility of the Turner Collection.

Fine Line

If you're fond of creating fine and highly detailed paintings, then the Fine Line set is perfect for you. It's a whole collection of watercolor brush sizes specifically designed for fine detail work. The brush sizes are from 1 to 5/0, all 12 brushes are quite small. The brushes are made with fine Japanese synthetic fibers that perform nearly as well as the kolinsky sable, but at a fraction of the cost. The ultra fine and perfectly pointy tips allow you to paint those exquisitely detailed strokes with a high level of precision. The brush handles are even shorter than the regular watercolor brushes, with a special design for a better and comfortable grip control.

Fine Line brush size chart.
The beautiful kind of detail work you can achieve with the Fine Line set as illustrated by ZenART's very own co-founder, Ardak Kassenova.

And here, Ardak presents the beautiful Fine Line miniature brush set.

All of ZenART's brush sets have birch wood handles that are light and shaped for a balanced handling and grip . They have also been UV coated for an added protection and to avoid easy slippage while painting. 

How do I choose a watercolor brush?

Think about what you like to paint and your painting style, that way you can carefully assess which watercolor brush size and shape you need for each need. Good brushes are more expensive but they're definitely worth it. I suggest you invest in a good set of brushes as at some point you will notice the great difference in the level and quality of performance. The better you become at your techniques, the more you'll start to notice the difference between good brushes and cheap ones. They're also much sturdier and keep their shape and fine points better.


Invest in good quality brushes!

Good brushes can also last you a long time if you learn how to properly care for them. Some even have brushes that they have inherited from their parents or grandparents, they're like heirloom pieces already, how about that right? Find out the answer to How Do I Clean, Treat, and Store My Watercolor Paint Brushes? In this helpful guide. Keep your brushes in good condition for as long as you can and save your hard earned money.

On the left: Painting created using Black Tulip watercolor brush set. On the right: Small detailed painting made using Fine Line watercolor brush set.

I hope this helped you get a better understanding on the watercolor brush sizes that you need for your painting style and needs. And answered the question - What size watercolor brushes do I need? Buy the best quality brushes that fits your budget, I promise you won't regret it. I've had students who thought they just couldn't improve their techniques. But then later realized that at some point the brushes made a huge impact on the quality of their work when they finally tried using better ones. To test out your set of brushes, try out the different Watercolor Strokes in this beginner's guide. You can easily test and find out how well your brushes work.

We'd love to hear back from you!

Which round watercolor brush sizes are your go to brushes? How about the flat ones? If you were to choose just one, which brush would it be and what size? What future content would you like to see from us? Let me know in the comments below, and I'll happily get back to you. Join our friendly art community Painting Inspiration Daily on Facebook. You can share your art and ideas, watch LIVE tutorials, and be inspired to paint! 

On our next Toolkit, find out How To Paint Watercolor On Canvas. Until then, good luck on choosing your watercolor brushes!


Kathleen is the Wordsmith at ZenART, resident artist and art editor. When God sent a shower of talents, Kathleen made sure she got a basketful of them! She's a visual artist with practical knowledge on various fields from painting and sculpture, to costume and set design which comes in very handy when writing about various art techniques and theories. She also shares her passion for the arts through teaching. She runs her own brand of handmade wirework jewelry designs.

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