It’s no koi quality set but they definitely do the job and hold a ton of water! The brushes do feel thinner than what I’m used to but that may also just be preference. But I think they’re a great starting alternative to expensive water brushes.
Work great, no complaints. My 4 and 8 yo daughters love them.
These pens are relatively easy to use once you’ve practiced with them a bit. You have to be VERY careful replacing the caps as the bristles will bend easily and it is very hard to reshape the brushes because the bristles are synthetic. Also, they are not very easy to fill as you don’t get any kind of funnel and the barrels are narrow. I resolved this by saving a 10cc syringe from a medication my dog was on. The larger brushes do tend to leak a little bit. I just try not to hold them too tightly and don’t squeeze them over my projects. They are easy for me to take along when I travel because I don’t worry about them breaking or getting damaged as I would worry about my traditional (more expensive) brushes.
I'm using these with just water. the big tips are bigger than I expected and the small tips were a little bigger too but not too big for my use.
I dig these brush pens, they are very convenient for quick watercolor sketches or a minimalist plein air setup, and they are easy and fun to use. The main thing to know is that they do take a little getting used to, as there is no way to stop the water. So, any kind of dry brush techniques are out, and working an area for any length time is going to get it rather wet. It is more difficult to "lift out" color off the paper, and you can't reabsorb any water (eg, "thirsty brush"). This can be worked around with some planning, but it can be a pain. It would be cool if the brushes had some kind of "switch" that could cut off the water flow. They do clean very easily and each holds enough water to last fir quite a while.
Super convenient for painting while traveling, only problem is that the plastic bristles of the brush don't hold paint the same as actual hair. Also, squeezing can get tricky, as with use less squeeze is required for the same amount of water, and you can quickly flood your work. Just be aware of those 2 observations, and you'll be able to paint whenever and wherever you wish!
Had some repeated brushes thought I didn't read that well, but I do love this kinda brushes, they work perfectly with my workflow.
I love these especially being that it’s my first time using water brush pens. But it makes painting easier and definitely does away with the typical mess that comes with painting with regular mixed paints. I do find that you need to have minimal water in there has it flows too easily and can pool on your page. And then I sometimes have to stand my paper just so I don’t have the brush in the water flow position.
Otherwise wonderful once you get the hang of it.
I like these okay, but they are all way bigger than I thought. That's not really the brushes' problem though.
I attached color tests from some Derwent Watercolor and Derwent Inktense pencils (sorry it's not the best lighting). The brush worked fine on them. I was surprised I never had to squeeze the pen. It just continually supplies water.
On other water brushes I have, you can squeeze up water into the barrel like it's a turkey baster, but on these the opening is too wide so you have to pour it in.