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.

1. REWARDS & REFERRAL

  • 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.

2. EARNING ZEN COINS

  • 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.

3. REDEEMING ZEN COINS

  • 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.

5. GENERAL

  • 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 Brushes for Beginners and Experts

Watercolor Brushes for Beginners and Experts

Have you ever heard the saying "good brushes can last you a lifetime"?

At some point in your art-making, you will find yourself before rows and rows of watercolour paint brushes in absolute amazement at the plethora of choices, and you end feeling lost and overwhelmed because of this complexity. Before spending your hard-earned money and going into a bit of panic trying to decide which hair, shape, size, and type to get, having a more in depth knowledge of the history and functions of different paint brushes will give you the confidence that you're choosing and investing in the best watercolor brushes for beginners and experts alike.

A Brief History

Using tools similar to our modern paint brushes appeared as far back as prehistoric times. They were made from a variety of materials such as macerated reed fibers, feathers, human hair, goat, dear, fox, and wolf hair, split palm leaves, sticks, bones, and even wood shavings. We can't pinpoint exactly when the first one resembling the modern brush was created, but we know that it was originally made with animal hair. However, present-day brushes are made with animal-free materials yet render better results and a more durable lifetime.

 

Watercolour Paint Brushes - ZenART Supplies

Ink brush with golden dragon design used by the Wanli Emperor. China, 1563-1620.

 

Development of the Paint Brush Meng Tian, a famous Chinese general of the Qin Dynasty has been credited as having invented the traditional Chinese 'Hu Brush' made from rabbits' tails, having observed on the way back from hunting them that the bloody tails would leave interesting marks along the path. It was then widely used in calligraphy.

 

Watercolour Paint Brushes

Chinese painting in ink with calligraphic inscriptions on the side.

 

With the advent of the industrial age, the manufacturing process of the paint brush evolved. Brush makers started experimenting and began using metal ferrules to hold the hair, greatly shortening the production time. Up until the 18th century, hair was glued to the handles by hand, and as you can imagine took quite some time. They also discovered that the round ferrules could also be flattened, thus creating the square and flat brushes greatly favored by the Impressionists.

 

black tulip brush commection

Modern Brushes: Features, Types, Function

Through centuries, mechanically manufactured watercolour paint brushes continued to advance. Even so, this didn't stop the distinguished craft of handmade brush making, as many still consider these brushes to be of top tier quality.To better understand the importance of choosing the best watercolor brushes, knowing the function of each anatomy of the brush is a great start.

 

Watercolour Paint Brushes - ZenART Supplies

The anatomy of a paintbrush - Featuring ZenART Supplies watercolour paintbrushes from the Turner and Black Tulip Collection

 

Brush Hair

The brush hair, also referred to as the tuft or the bristles, is the most important segment as it is responsible for holding the paint and spreading it onto the surface as desired. The two most important characteristics of the brush is its degree of absorbency and its type of spring or stiffness. At present, we have two types of hair to choose from - natural hair and synthetic hair.

Natural Hair

Natural hair is sourced from different kinds of animal fur. The most common animal hair used in the making of watercolour paint brushes are from the tails of weasels, squirrels, oxen, pony, goat, and of course the Kolinsky sable. Ethically sourced animal hair is sustainably hunted which limits its number, thus giving natural hair brushes a steeper price tag than synthetic ones.

Kolinsky Sable - Considered to be the cr`eme de la cr`eme for watercolour use. Taken from the tails of Siberian weasels (Mustela sibirica) found across Siberia and Manchuria, the harsh conditions they live in give their hair tremendous resilience and suppleness, giving it its distinct spring and snap quality. Brushes made from Kolinsky sable have the ability to hold more water or paint in its belly with hair tapering to very fine points at both ends.

Red sable/Weasel - This is the cheaper alternative to the Kolinsky sable brush, it's a step down but still considered a high quality watercolour paint brush.

Squirrel - A squirrel hair brush is conically shaped, has a thick belly, and ends in fine points. It's not very springy, but is very absorbent and is well suited for washes. While its sharp tips are equally good for detail work, making it a popular choice among professional artists. The best variety is from the Kazan squirrel from Russia.

Ox - Ox hair is stiff, strong, and springy, commonly used for long calligraphy brushes. It is also great for creating rough brushwork techniques due to its texture and blunt ends.

Goat - Goat hair is not as springy as other hair types but has a uniform body and maintains a point well enough. It's also used in calligraphy and Chinese Brush painting. It's ideal for creating washes and for soft blending.

Pony - Pony hair is coarse and inexpensive, it is primarily manufactured as school brushes for the use of children. It is also used as a filler in squirrel hair brushes.

Synthetic Hair

Synthetic watercolour paint brushes offer artists a more affordable choice and are also more sustainable, durable and renders better results than the natural hair ones.

They are made of nylon or polyester, or a mix of both. They are designed to copy the structure and performance of the natural hair. Although they are springy, they don't hold much water or paint because of their smoother bristles, which also makes the distribution not as even as you would like it to be. The more expensive ones will still be better than most of the mid-range natural hair though.

 

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ZenART's Black Tulip Collection watercolour paint brushes - Faux Squirrel

 

ZenART's Black Tulip Collection is a superb example of great quality synthetic hair. Made from faux squirrel hair, it is designed to mimic the qualities of the squirrel and Kolinsky sable hair with its ability to hold water and pigment quite well and its good flow control. Artist friends marvel at it!

Natural and Synthetic Blends

The evolution of watercolour paint brushes is far from over. Manufacturers thought of the perfect solution for those who can't decide between the two - a blend of natural and synthetic hair. It merges the great water and pigment absorption of the natural hair with the good shape keeping of the synthetic hair. Modern brushes integrate these two, giving us the best of both worlds. With ZenART's Turner Collection, we use a mixture of natural squirrel hair (70%) and faux squirrel hair (30%). Another favorite with artists.

 

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ZenART's Turner Collection watercolour paint brushes - Squirrel Blend

Brush Shapes

Choosing the right watercolor paint brush is still a matter of preference, but it's equally important to know how each shape functions and its range of usability. This way, you can pick and form a personal collection that suits your painting style best.

Rounds

The round is the most common type of brush shape and is also the most versatile, having a full belly that you can use for broader strokes and a fine tip for detail work. It comes in a variety of shapes and sizes - pointed, not pointed, extremely pointed, thick bellies, and long tapered bellies to name some.

 

Watercolour Paint Brushes - ZenART Supplies

Round brushes in use from the new ZenART's Fine Line Detail Paint Brush Set - Demonstration I painted myself.

Rigger

Also known as the "script" or "liner" brush, the rigger is long, thin, and has a very fine point. It is great for painting long lines, long scroll work, and fine details.

Mops

Mop brushes are mainly used as wash brushes. They are round, chunky, and thick-bellied, allowing much water and pigment to be absorbed. They don't necessarily need to have pointed ends, but most expensive ones do.

 

fine line miniature brushes

Flats

Flat brushes have flat heads that are laid out in even flat arrangements and are straight-edged. This makes it ideal for painting backgrounds, landscapes, and broad strokes.

Angled

Angled brushes are flat brushes with angled hair at the end. They are useful for creating curved strokes, shading, filling in small corners and areas with the tip, and can cover a lot of space similar to the flat brush.

Filbert

Filbert brushes are watercolour paint brushes that are flat with an oval-shaped end. They are suitable for rendering soft rounded edges such as flower petals and leaves.

 

Watercolour Paint Brushes - ZenART Supplies

Flat and filbert brushes in use from the new ZenART's Fine Line Miniature Brush Set - Demonstration I painted myself

Cat's Tongue

Cat's Tongue brushes are two brushes in one - flat brushes with fine tips. The wide body can hold a lot of water that's great for washes, while the tip can be used for finer details.

Fan

Fan brushes are flat with widely spread hair. They are great for rendering textural effects, feathering, smoothing and blending out edges.

 

Watercolour Paint Brushes - ZenART Supplies

Several brushes in use from the ZenART's Black Tulip collection - Demonstration I painted myself.

Brush Sizes

Brush sizes will depend on the scale of your work. Large brushes are good for washes and big, bold strokes, and small brushes for detail work. Brush sizes vary across different manufacturers, so it's best to choose according to what you need. Read a more in-depth coverage on it in our watercolor brush sizes guide.

Brush Handles

Most watercolour paint brushes have handles made from wood that is well balanced for the comfort and proper manipulation in the artist's hand. They vary in diameter and length but are commonly shorter than the brushes used for oil and acrylic. They are covered and sealed with layers of lacquer, giving them a high-gloss and waterproof finish that will protect the wood from chipping and swelling.

Metal Ferrules

Ferrules connect the brush heads to the handles, and are usually made of aluminum or nickel-plated brass, copper, or tin. Well-made ferrules will have double or triple crimps to ensure that the brush heads stay attached to the handles even after prolonged usage.

 

turner brush collection

Which Watercolour Paint Brushes Do You Really Need?

In this video, the ZenART's ambassador Natalia Dokukina shows you how to trace basic lines and brush strokes in watercolour paints. This is the perfect tutorial for a beginner, as well as an exercise for professional artists to warm up their hands. Watch it now!

 

With so many kinds to choose from, it can be overwhelming. Below are some tips to help you pick the best watercolor brushes.

#1: There are no universal brushes. Really!
#2: The brushes you need are the ones well suited to your artistic style. Evaluate if you need smaller brushes for detailing, bigger brushes for washes, or mid-sized ones for general versatility.
#3: Brush sets can save you time and money. Most brush sets already contain a well-rounded collection for your basic needs.

#4: Collect brushes gradually. Don't feel pressured to get them all. It's good to start with a few essential ones and just add to them slowly as needed.

 

Watercolour Paint Brushes - ZenART Supplies

Showing how to use a rigger brush from the ZenART's Fine Line Miniature brush set in my sketchbook

 

Armed with all this knowledge, I hope this helps and that choosing the right watercolour paint brushes will be an enjoyable experience for you! Don't hesitate to leave a comment, we'll gladly answer any queries you have. Now that you're ready to start your own collection, it's just as important to learn how to properly care for your watercolour paint brushes. Check out How Do I Clean and Treat My Watercolour Paint Brushes? for our essential tips and reminders and to learn more about ZenART's Watercolour Paint Brush Sets.

 Further Readings:
  • Turner, Jacques, Brushes: A Handbook for Artists and Artisans, Design Press, 1992

MEET THE AUTHOR

Ardak Kassenova is a London based contemporary artist, co-founder and creative director of ZenART Supplies. Her visual style-contemporary impressionism-share similar aesthetic qualities with those by the French Impressionists. After 20 years of a successful corporate career, becoming a mother to two wonderful girls, and with the continuous development of her practice by taking private lessons from the best artists she could find; Ardak decided it's time to align her life with her true passion, Art. Driven by this passion and her corporate leadership background, she co-founded ZenART.

"My heart and soul were always with Art, and since my childhood as long as I remember myself, I was dreaming to be an artist. I was painting after work, when I had time, and teaching myself through the books, videos, visiting art galleries and museums. I've been very curious about different techniques and styles, and therefore accumulated knowledge and experience on a variety of mediums." 

Read more about Ardak Kassenova in this feature. Say hello to @ardak_zenart on Instagram!


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