Introducing Da Vinci’s Colineo Synthetic Watercolour Brushes

I like watercolour brushes and so I was extremely excited to attempt out Da Vinci’s new artificial, vegan watercolour brushes. Lots of brush brands have invested means into generating a artificial brush range and there are now a rising range on the sector. The enhancement of artificial brush ranges has been driven by a quantity of factors which includes the price of sable and other animal hair, sustainability and life-style selections. Let’s check out how Da Vinci’s Colineo range performs.


Image of Colineo brush range

The ideal Kolinsky sable brushes are designed from the Siberian weasel. It is red sable hair has one of a kind qualities owing to the chilly setting it life in. Kolinsky sable brushes are delicate, adaptable and ‘springy’ which indicates that you can get a fantastic vary of marks. Thanks to the structure of the hair they also retain water nicely in the belly of the brush. The h2o is then little by little and evenly produced on to the paper.

Da Vinci declare that Colineo is a very carefully balanced combination of diverse lengths of straight and wavy synthetic fibres with further good ideas and tapered points, superior elasticity and colour absorption.

A stylish hunting brush

The Colineo range includes round, flat, riggers, swords & fan brushes.
The Colineo variety incorporates round, flat, riggers, swords & enthusiast brushes

These brushes surely look the portion despite the fact that they might induce really serious bouts of brush envy in your artwork class! They have a wonderful clean, grey, plywood manage in a hexagonal shape so that it does not roll off your desk as simply. The brush head is held in put with a double crimped silver ferrule. The brush alone seems just like it’s sable counterpart.

Examination 1 – Water capacity

There is a common false impression that artificial brushes do not keep the very same quantity of drinking water as standard sable brushes. So I decided to place this to the test.

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

I loaded a fantastic quality sable brush with h2o and pink pigment and drew strains across the paper right up until the brush ran dry. I then took the Colineo round artificial brush primed with h2o and pink pigment and repeated the same process. The benefits higher than talk for them selves, it is obvious that the Colineo synthetic brush retains as much as if not additional than the sable brush I examined.

Exam 2 – Mark building selection

It’s critical that a brush can produce a vary of diverse marks dependent on how the brush is held and the pressure utilized. First I experimented with out the Round no. 8 brush.

image if marks made with round Colineo brush

I was ready to create a wide range of lines from skinny through to fatter dense strains furthermore dry brush traces. I beloved the natural strains I accomplished by holding the brush correct at the conclusion way too. The issue remained sharp and did not break up. There was a very good amount of spring to the brush head to permit me to make much more energetic marks far too.

Image of brush marks made with flat Colineo brush

Up coming I tried out the Flat no. 12. Again, I was impressed by the variety of strains I could attain making use of each the comprehensive flat of the brush and also on it is facet. The brush head did not split, even when working with it on it is facet, so I was rewarded with sharp lines. Gripping the brush and holding it far more parallel to the paper authorized me to build textural marks as well.

My summary

The two brushes felt excellent to hold in distinct grips and in distinct sites along the brush. The bodyweight felt suitable where ever I held the brush. Both equally brushes done very well and the high quality is superb, as you would anticipate from Da Vinci. The price tag issue is attractive much too especially for painters wanting to major up their selection of bigger sized brushes without the need of breaking the bank.

If you’re a vegan artist, or want to lower down on the volume of animal-derived artwork supplies you use then this selection is a fantastic choice.

Total I am impressed! Da Vinci’s claims stay up to their assure and I consider a few of these brushes will be acquiring their way into my collection – you can hardly ever have sufficient brushes!