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Silver Brush - Black Velvet Series | The only wand you need for watercolour wizardry.

Touted as one of the most sought-after paintbrushes for watercolors; In this post, we take a look at the gorgeous Black Velvet Series brushes from Silver Brush Ltd. Are they really that good? Read on to find out!


For the uninitiated, these distinctive black lacquer-handled brushes with a signature silver band are a water-based artist’s dream! The Black Velvet® series is made with a blend of natural squirrel hair and black synthetics that allow the brush to hold a huge amount of color and release it with perfect control for watercolors, gouache, fluid acrylics, inks, and dyes. The bristles are simultaneously soft enough to allow multiple-layer glazing without disturbing previous colors, yet firm enough to lift color with a gentle scrub.

3008S series features a specially engineered black acrylic handle with a beveled edge for scraping and separating paper from watercolor blocks. Artists' Speak:

As reviewed by R.J Fleming in their blog artdragon86 - "The bristles are a blend of natural squirrel hair and black synthetic fiber, and the combination produces a perfect balance – at least to my mind – between soft and springy. The softness means it’s easy to get subtle, delicate blending, especially wet in wet, and the springiness helps it snap back and keep its shape, so achieving fine controlled marks presents no real challenge.

It’s firm enough that you can use it to scrub at dried watercolor for lifting techniques but soft enough that it won’t damage the surface of the paper. The bristles hold a lot of water or paint, which allows you to paint for longer without having to dip the brush in the water or palette again". Sizes:

Available in seven shapes; round, script liner, square wash, cats tongue, oval

wash, dagger striper, wide wash, and jumbo round, Black Velvet® is sold to artists worldwide. Click here to check out all the brush sizes in Silver Brush Black Velvet.


Silver Brush Black Velvet Series paint brushes start at just under Rs. 1,000/- (Indian Rupees) each. The larger size brushes may set you back by almost Rs. 6,000/- (Indian Rupees) for a single brush. While these prices are typically higher when compared to some of the regular watercolor brushes, they're still relatively cheaper when compared to some of the other brands that manufacture high-quality artist watercolor brushes. Conclusion:

To conclude, in addition to being wonderful to paint with, these brushes are just really nicely made, and they look good, too. The wooden handles feel sturdy in the hand and the black finish with silver accents makes them look like the high-quality painting tools they are. The brushes can hold a lot of paint; it is, therefore, important to wash the brushes thoroughly to clean out the paint. The Black Velvet brushes perform well. The pricing is also quite attractive since they are priced below sable brushes and yet have high water capacity and can hold a sharp point. If you're looking for watercolor brushes that work like magic without burning a really big hole in your pocket, then the Silver Brush Black Velvet Series brushes are your best choice. You can also check out other types of watercolor brushes here. Have you been using silver brushes? Let us know what you think about them in the comments below!



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