Image of Colineo brush range

I enjoy watercolour brushes and so I was very thrilled to attempt out Da Vinci’s new synthetic, vegan watercolour brushes. A lot of brush brands have invested sources into developing a artificial brush range and there are now a growing quantity on the market. The progress of synthetic brush ranges has been pushed by a amount of aspects including the price tag of sable and other animal hair, sustainability and life-style alternatives. Let us examine out how Da Vinci’s Colineo assortment performs.


Image of Colineo brush range

The very best Kolinsky sable brushes are produced from the Siberian weasel. It is crimson sable hair has unique features owing to the chilly ecosystem it lives in. Kolinsky sable brushes are gentle, adaptable and ‘springy’ which means that you can get a superior variety of marks. Thanks to the framework of the hair they also keep drinking water properly in the belly of the brush. The h2o is then slowly but surely and evenly produced onto the paper.

Da Vinci claim that Colineo is a carefully well balanced mixture of unique lengths of straight and wavy artificial fibres with excess high-quality recommendations and tapered details, significant elasticity and colour absorption.

A elegant on the lookout brush

The Colineo range includes round, flat, riggers, swords & fan brushes.
The Colineo variety consists of spherical, flat, riggers, swords & enthusiast brushes

These brushes absolutely glance the aspect despite the fact that they may perhaps induce major bouts of brush envy in your artwork course! They have a wonderful sleek, grey, plywood deal with in a hexagonal condition so that it doesn’t roll off your desk as easily. The brush head is held in location with a double crimped silver ferrule. The brush itself appears just like it’s sable counterpart.

Examination 1 – Water ability

There is a popular misunderstanding that synthetic brushes do not keep the very same quantity of water as regular sable brushes. So I made a decision to put this to the take a look at.

water capacity test image
Colineo synthetic brush in red & sable brush in pink

I loaded a good excellent sable brush with water and pink pigment and drew traces throughout the paper right up until the brush ran dry. I then took the Colineo round artificial brush primed with water and pink pigment and repeated the very same course of action. The final results over converse for them selves, it is obvious that the Colineo artificial brush retains as much as if not additional than the sable brush I analyzed.

Examination 2 – Mark creating assortment

It is critical that a brush can make a array of unique marks dependent on how the brush is held and the strain utilized. Initial I experimented with out the Spherical no. 8 brush.

image if marks made with round Colineo brush

I was ready to produce a wide variety of traces from slim by means of to fatter dense traces as well as dry brush traces. I cherished the organic strains I realized by keeping the brush right at the finish too. The level remained sharp and did not split. There was a great volume of spring to the brush head to help me to produce extra energetic marks also.

Image of brush marks made with flat Colineo brush

Next I tried out the Flat no. 12. Once more, I was impressed by the wide variety of lines I could reach employing both the complete flat of the brush and also on it’s facet. The brush head did not split, even when utilizing it on it is side, so I was rewarded with sharp traces. Gripping the brush and holding it more parallel to the paper authorized me to generate textural marks far too.

My summary

Both equally brushes felt very good to maintain in distinct grips and in distinct areas together the brush. The bodyweight felt right where ever I held the brush. Equally brushes performed well and the good quality is great, as you would be expecting from Da Vinci. The cost level is eye-catching much too notably for painters wanting to leading up their selection of more substantial sized brushes without having breaking the financial institution.

If you’re a vegan artist, or want to reduce down on the volume of animal-derived art supplies you use then this vary is a great choice.

In general I am amazed! Da Vinci’s statements dwell up to their assure and I think a few of these brushes will be getting their way into my assortment – you can in no way have adequate brushes!

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