How to use the Pentel Aquash water brush pen for watercolor

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The tools don't make the artist. But some tools are just so kick-ass that you can't help but talk them up at every opportunity you get.

Enter the Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush pen set. I've talked a lot about these before. Heck, they're in a lot of my recent Instagram video posts. When working with watercolor, I probably reach for these 60% of the time over regular watercolor brushes, even though traditional watercolor brushes are higher quality.

Why? Because they're so easy to use! Having the water in your hand gives you a lot of control over pigmentation and keeping your brush tip clean. Plus, they travel beautifully.

Click to learn how to use the Pentel Aquash water brush pen for watercolor. A full video tutorial and a list of tips will get you up and running for watercolor art and brush lettering!

In this week's post and video, I'll show you exactly how I use the Pentel Water Brushes with my watercolor palette.

Tips for Working with the Pentel Aquash Water Brush and Watercolors

  • Squeeze drops of water into your dry watercolor pigment to help "wake up" your palette.
  • Use the durable tips to help massage the watercolor pigment with water in order to stir your color.
  • Pull the colors you want to use into a mixing tray. This will help you control pigmentation and make it easier to re-dip your brush when switching colors.
  • Clean your water brush easily by squeezing water through the chamber while wiping off the tip on a paper towel.
  • When you're all done, make sure your brush tip is clean and the bristles are smoothed back into a point. This will help your water brushes last longer.
  • Even after you clean your water brush, the tips may look dirty. As long as the water comes out clear when you're wiping it off on a paper towel, the bristles are clean; they're just stained. No worries!
Pentel Aquash water brushes are some of my favorite tools for brush lettering and watercolor art. Learn how I use them!

Tell me—do you own water brushes? What are your best tips for working with these tools?