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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How to Choose Watercolor Brushes

How to Choose Watercolor Brushes

When beginner artists set out on their journey with watercolors, sometimes they reach for cheaper, student-grade brushes. Worse, they reach for the wrong kind of brush. 

What they don’t know is that your watercolor painting experience is only as good as your supplies. Not all brushes are made for watercolor. And not all brushes marketed for watercolor will work for your style.

A bad brush will shed and lose shape after only a few uses. The worse ones start to look and feel like an old toothbrush after one stroke. That’s why it pays to invest in good quality watercolor supplies. 

Building a brush collection isn’t hard. Nor should it be excessively pricey. You just need to learn what counts as good quality. Here’s a quick guide to choosing the best quality brush for watercolor painting.

How do you know if a watercolor brush is good? How does a good brush work?

Good watercolor brushes will last you decades if you care for them well. And they should still hold their shape and point even after repeated use. 

The best way to evaluate watercolor brushes is, well, to test them with watercolors. Most stores won’t allow you to do that, though. The next option is to rely on how they feel: sturdy, balanced, soft, and snappy. 

If you’re shopping online, research and reviews are key. There’s more to choosing the right watercolor brush than knowing what it’s made of. You should also know how it works.

Look at the bristles

How brush bristles should behave on the page

The main focus should be its head or its bristles. Are the hairs soft? Do they snap back into place when bent and released? What kind of hairs are used? 

Here’s what characteristics to look out for:

Absorbency and capacity

Watercolor brush bristles are like sponges. How much water and pigment can they hold? Consider the hair type and how big the brush’s belly is.


The fine tip or shape of a brush helps spread pigment on paper. Even while wet, a watercolor brush should still be able to hold its point once you set a stroke upon the paper. 


This is how well the watercolors flow from the brush’s tip. Test out a brush by putting down a long stroke of color. Is the pigment steadily and evenly dispersed or does it dump all out?

Snap or Spring

Do the bristles “snap” back into place quickly after being bent at an angle? When wet, how stiff is the brush on the page—does it “spring” back into shape? These qualities factor into how well the brush can be controlled on the page.

Now check out the brush handle

How to determine if your brush handle is good

Brushes for thicker paints like oil and acrylic will have longer handles, making them easier to use when standing before an easel. Watercolor brushes will have shorter handles since the medium is more often used up-close and on a flat, horizontal surface. 

Brush handles are made from plastic, various types of wood, or metal. Wooden brush handles can be varnished, unvarnished, or raw. Don’t go for brushes with raw or untreated wood if you’re working with watercolors. These are more absorbent and quite literally go bad. The best watercolor brushes have handles dipped in multiple coats of varnish to protect the wood from wear and tear. 

Is the ferrule secure and sturdy?

A ferrule is that metal part connecting the brush hairs to the handle. It shouldn’t feel loose or wobbly. Look at the crimping or the part where the metal is fastened to the handle. You should see a dip in the metal. Is the ferrule securely compressed into the handle? 

Some paintbrush manufacturers simply attach the head with glue and leave the crimping as a mere decorative step. I’ve noticed these brushes fall apart faster. 

Natural hair vs. synthetic hair—does it matter?

Natural and synthetic blend watercolor brushes

Most artists tend to base their brush-buying decisions and reviews on their art style and art experience. Many swear by kolinsky sable hair for its softness, absorbency, and snap. Does hair type matter when choosing a watercolor brush? Absolutely. 

Your choice here boils down to natural hairs, synthetic hairs, or a combination of both.

The best brushes have pointed bristles and finer tips. For this reason, natural hairs are the best choice. The good ones like sable or squirrel are absorbent and snappy! With recent innovations in brushmaking, however, there are synthetic brushes that even mimic the qualities of natural bristles. 

Natural brushes (from high to low quality)

These are the most common types of brush hairs you’ll come across.

Kolinsky Sable Hair

The most premium and most expensive type of watercolor brush. They’re pricy because kolinsky sable hair is so high in demand. The bristles are taken from the tails of weasels that are native to Siberia and northeastern China. These super soft and super absorbent brushes have thick bellies, hold fine points, and are extremely resilient.

Red Sable Hair

A cheaper alternative to kolinsky sable brushes. It’s just as good in quality and performance—highly absorbent, soft, and springy.

Squirrel Hair

What it lacks in its snap, it makes up for in its water-holding capacity. Its fine points make it ideal for detail work, while its absorbency is perfect for washes.

Ox Hair

Taken from the ears of cattle, ox brushes are a bit stiffer but strong and snappy. These brushes don’t come to a good enough fine point so they’re best for flats or painting textures. 

Goat Hair

Best if you’re getting an oriental style brush—the ones used in Chinese painting or calligraphy. Not so springy but good for soft blending.

Camel (or Pony) Hair

Mostly used in scholastic watercolor brushes for kids. Camel hair brushes are cheaper to manufacture. I wouldn’t recommend this since it’s neither strong nor snappy, making for an inferior brush.

Synthetic brushes

These brushes have synthetic fibres made of nylon, polyester, or a combination of both. They point well but are sometimes not as fine as squirrel or sable hair. Synthetic brushes can be absorbent but may risk dumping pigment too quickly. Still, they’re pretty snappy, strong, and much more long-lasting. 

Today, more synthetic brushes are designed to perform as natural hairs do. So they’re still a solid option.

What watercolor brush shapes do you need?

Brush shapes, (L-R, top to bottom): cat's tongue, round pointed, flat, filbert, angled, round, fan, rigger, detail round, bright, wide flat, palette knife, round

You don’t need all kinds of brushes, just a few good-quality ones to start. We recommend a good mix of basic brushes: round brushes, flat brushes, and a wash brush. Note that paintbrush sizes vary per manufacturer. For reference, you can check out our guide to ZenART brush sizes!

Round Brush

The most common and most versatile shape. With round brushes, you can achieve both broad strokes and finer details. Round brushes still come in different variations: thick or thin bellies, pointed or domed tips, and long or shorter bristles. 

Flat Brush

Another versatile must-have. Great for painting thick and thin straight lines as well as bold strokes. You can get a wider flat brush for larger washes or backgrounds. Other variations of flat brushes include the angled, dagger, filbert, and bright brush.

Rigger brush 

A round brush with long bristles and a sharp tip. Perfect for long, continuous lines and even calligraphy.

Fine point or detail brush

Usually a pointed round brush with short bristles and a short handle. These are essential for those who like to paint up-close and in heavy detail.

Mop brush

You’ll know it for its mop-like shape. It’s a large round with either a domed or soft pointed tip. Used for covering large areas with watercolor paint. A large cat’s tongue also makes for an excellent mop or wash brush.

Get more in-depth with all the brush shapes (and what they do) in our guide to the different types of paintbrushes.

How do you choose your watercolor brushes?

How watercolor brush shapes behave on paper

Tailor your chosen brushes and art supplies to your painting style. 

My recommendation? Start small and get to know your watercolor style before growing your collection of brushes. Don’t buy too many brushes or overly expensive brushes until you’ve been painting for a while. This way, you don’t waste your time or money on brushes that you won’t even paint with. 

In the end, it’s about personal preference. That’s why it’s good to know your brush types and shapes before narrowing down your options to what sizes you need. 

Below is my thought process when buying paintbrushes at the store:

How much is your budget?

Needless to say, paint within your means. But if you’ve got the funds to spare and are confident in your skills, by all means, grab the kolinsky sable brushes and paint like the superstar you are!

Still, an expensive brush isn’t always the better brush. However, really cheap brushes are just terrible to work with—they also don’t last that long. So unless you want to throw money away, don’t bother with the duds.

Natural hair brushes can cost more money. So if you’re a watercolor newbie, you can start with a handful of synthetic brushes. They’re affordable, durable, and pretty decent starter brushes. Once you figure out your style and preference, invest in better brushes from your wishlist.

How does the brush feel in your hand?

Here’s where you assess a brush’s quality and longevity. Feel the different hair types with your hands to determine your preferred bristle type. Go back to what we said earlier about spring, snap, point, and capacity. Does the brush tip snap back or hold a good point? Do the bristles feel soft and springy or rough and brittle?

But brush hairs aren't the only part you need to pay attention to. How securely is the ferrule attached to the handle? Does the brush handle feel weighted or properly balanced? A brush works just like an extension of your arm. It should feel good, comfortable, and natural to hold. 

What’s your painting style?

Pick the brush shapes according to the style or techniques you want to achieve. For example, I’m a casual watercolorist and my style is abstract, meditative, soft, and expressive. I haven’t reached for an angled brush or fan brush in ages.

If you obsess over the fine details, grab a small round brush with a sharp point. Fancy painting broad strokes? Go for flat brushes. Grab some big round brushes if you need to paint large washes of color. Mop brushes work, too.

How big will your artwork be?

As a general rule, the larger your surface, the larger your brushes must be. Figure out the sizes you need for your work. You don’t need to get brushes in every size. Just the ones you need for the paper you prefer. You won’t need large wash brushes if you paint on postcard-sized watercolor pads. 

Will you be painting outdoors or in-studio?

If you’re painting safely from home or your art studio, you should be good to go with a standard set of watercolor brushes.

But do you love to travel journal or paint en plein air like the Impressionists? Regular paintbrushes with their long inflexible handles may prove to be too bulky or heavy.

You’ll be better equipped with small brushes you can easily pack up and stash away in a bag. There’s the ZenART Art Nomad brush set—four travel-friendly brushes just for watercolor. You can also grab a bunch of water brushes. These are watercolor brushes that store water in the handle.

What are the best watercolor brushes for starters?

Artist-grade quality brushes from Zen Art Supplies

You could buy synthetic brushes and natural hair brushes apiece or you could get them in pre-curated sets. It’s a much easier choice and, more often than not, a more affordable one. 

That said, a substandard brush set still isn’t worth it in the long run. Do your research on brush makers and art brands. Invest in high-quality brushes! For instance, the watercolor brushes we have here on ZenART Supplies are handmade and carefully crafted by artisans—designed for artists and by artists.

Black Tulip: Essential brushes for beginners

Concerned with the ethics of buying a natural hair brush? Go for synthetic brushes! With today’s technology, synthetic hairs can easily replicate the characteristics of natural hairs. Our Black Tulip set does just that, mimicking the snap and control you get with sable hair. It’s a good brush set that covers the basics without breaking the bank.

Turner Collection: Comprehensive brush set to master watercolor painting

Ready to paint watercolor like a pro? The ZenART Turner Collection, inspired by English Romantic painter and watercolorist JMW Turner, features an extensive range of brushes for all kinds of watercolor painting. They’re made with a combination of squirrel hair and synthetic brush hairs. Designed for watercolor paints, these brushes hold their shape even after painting for ages!

Fine Line Set: Watercolor brushes for the detail-oriented artist

This one’s for detail-oriented artists. Good to use with watercolor paint and even acrylic, the Fine Line Set (coming back soon!) has all the different brushes you need for painting small details. Also, the handles are shaped and weighted for comfort and ease while painting.

What's your go-to watercolor brush?

Do you prefer natural hair or synthetic bristles when you paint with watercolors? Which shape do you reach for more: a round brush or a flat brush? Let us know in the comments below!

Need help along your watercolor journey? Next up on your reading list is: how to choose watercolor paints and then how to use watercolor paper

Check out our stories in the Toolkit section of the ZenART blog, too. We’ve got guides on brush types, brush sizes, and more. 

Happy painting!




Belle O. Mapa is a writer and artist based in Manila, Philippines. She believes that everyone is born with an inner creative spirit—we just need to nurture and discover it on the blank page. Currently, she lives out her passion: writing stories, hosting journaling workshops, and advocating for mental health awareness.

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