Yasutomo Niji Water Brush with 15mm Tip, Large
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- Say goodbye to spills and messy clean-ups with this all-in-one brush and water container
- Great for travel the cap keeps water contained and the brush fresh
- Use with water or any water washable ink
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YASUTOMO-Niji Water brush: Large. Say goodbye to spills and messy clean-ups with this all-in-one brush and water container. Great for travel the cap keeps water contained and the brush fresh. Use with water or any water washable ink. This package contains one 7 inch long water brush with a 15mm tip. Imported.
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From different reviews around the web my concerns were that the bristles would be too stiff, that the bristles would pull easily from the ferrule, and that the water would not flow at a comfortable rate.
When they arrived I was most surprised by the flat brush. Instead of a flat ferrule the brush was actually a full round brush with a snap-off flat adapter. Without the adapter it is dense enough and long enough to act as a very effective mop brush. All the brushes have interchangeable water reservoir tubes; the flat has a purple handle, the rounds have long blue or short blue handles.
All the brushes have soft white nylon bristles that spring back nicely. They were quite dense, with enough bristles that the brushes are easy to control in spite of the softness. When the water reservoir is full they have a good weight in my hand, and I can tell by balance when they start to run low. The brushes work well for all techniques I've used including lifting, splattering, dropping, glazing, and washing large areas.
I've used the brushes for just over a month. They are still very supple and I haven't noticed any significant change to them over time. I have seen practically no shedding, which surprised me. They are very nearly as full and springy as the day they arrived in spite of my vigorous cleaning habits. They've held up much better than most of the inexpensive brushes I've ever purchased.
I use them with Derwent watercolor pencils including their Inktense pencils that will set permanently after their first hydration. Because the brushes keep themselves moist I've found they stain less easily than my traditional nylon brushes. The tips are darkened from use but they are clean; I can soak the brush and rub it on white paper without making marks.
Controlling the water flow on the round brushes was easy for me. With a full reservoir I can keep the brush dry enough to just barely hydrate the pencil so it would dry in seconds, if I want. With a mostly empty reservoir I can still keep the brush saturated to leave a heavy trail of water, if I want. It took only a few minutes of experimenting before I could keep the brush at any saturation level I wanted for any speed of stroke. I can keep the reservoir full with the lid on and water does not seep through.
Controlling the water flow on the flat brush was a little more difficult. The gasket lets out water more easily than the rounds. It took about a half hour of experimenting before I got the feel of the flat brush's flow. I still sometimes put out more water than I expect. I use the brush as a mop or a wide flat rather than for detail work so this doesn't hurt, but it is a distraction when using it. Like the rounds, I can keep the reservoir full without flooding the lid.
I love these brushes. I find myself using them almost exclusively instead of my traditional rounds. I can keep them full without needing to keep a cup of water on hand. They are not a replacement for traditional brushes; none of the brushes will replace a good liner or rigger. When I want a general brush for wetting my pencil work these are my new brush of choice.
The most disappointing part of the Niji water-brush (besides no points on their round brushes) is the water container. It is near impossible to get water out of the container because of the water cap design. This is true of every Niji water brush!
The Niji gets 3 stars because it works good as a water "flat" brush; ironic they make a flat water brush as well. If you want and need a water brush with a round brush brush that holds a point, do not buy a Niji. Only buy a Niji round brush (Small to Large) to use as a flat water-brush. Instead take a look at Pentel's Water-Brushes, (Fine, Medium and Large) ... they are excellent compared to Niji's round brushes.
Another big benefit is the size of the brush- the large brush is perfect- while it's large enough to substantial area in just a few strokes, the tip of the brush is very fine and pointed, which allows for detail work, and for making very crisp, sharp edges.
One negative thing about the Niji is I find they don't hold up to much abuse- the brush tip frays easily and doesn't always bounce back into a point after use. I try and keep it as conditioned as possible and try not to "scrub" too much with it. Both those things help.
- Easy to fill; I just squeeze it under running water or squeeze it upside down in a container, so it sucks water inside.
- No leaks.
- Great flow control, with no surprise water blobs occurring at random times.
- Easy to clean; sure some pigments will stain the white bristles, but that's no big deal.
- Good quality; this brush lasts a long time before needing replacing.
- Good price; Amazon offers a good deal on this brush!
- I have never had any slurping of water/paint back into the brush; water goes out, only.
O.k., I can't think of any. It is a little stiff and doesn't come to a razor point, but that can't be expected with this kind of brush/bristles. It is extremely versatile, great for direct painting, washing water-soluble mediums, and wetting tips of water-soluble pencils/crayons.
One tip: Although you won't need a water pot with this brush, you will need something to wipe it with, as it becomes loaded with colour, so that you can change colours or get clear water for a wash. Take paper towels or a napkin with you. Otherwise, you may have to use your clothes for wiping! Cotton socks are especially good, in a pinch...
Great brush; I highly recommend it!
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