I first came across water brush pens a few years ago when I was working on a watercolor logo for a client. She was looking for a hand-lettered logo with a watercolor illustration. I do almost all of my designs digitally, but I wanted to experiment with real watercolors to see what I could create. I found that I prefer using water brush pens over traditional brushes because the grip is more comfortable.
This week I received a Parateck Bianyo Arts Pro Water Brush for a review.
Water brush pens separate so that you can store water in the pen barrel. This makes it easy to transport and store water without a separate cup or container. The pen bristles stay dry until you squeeze the pen barrel. To clean the brush, you can run it under warm water from a faucet. You can also put the cap back on and store the pen if you’re still working on a project.
The bristles are nylon and bend as you make brush strokes. The tips stay intact as you paint and make nice clean lines rather than just smearing. If you have a large area to paint, the barrel holds enough water so that you can paint without lifting the pen to add more water. The set includes 3 brush sizes: 5mm, 4mm, and 3mm. I tried the 4mm brush to write a word with watercolor. You can see that the bristles made a fairly crisp line.
This set includes multiple wells on a 9.45 x 6.3 inch palette. There are six circle wells and four sloped wells. Most brush pen sets don’t include a palette, so this was a nice addition.
You can learn more about water brush pens sold by Parateck on Amazon.