Today you'll learn what the difference between a regular watercolor brush and an aqua brush/water brush is. Plus you will figure out which one is the right fit for you!

Let's dive right in with the first and most obvious difference:


A regular watercolor brush has a brush head with either natural or synthetic hair, a metal ferrule and a wooden handle. You can find them in different sizes and shapes.

Whereas a water brush head is made out of synthetic bristles. The handle is made of plastic and has a watertank inside. (They also come in different sizes and shapes.)


To paint with a regular watercolor brush, you'll need an additional water container. You can use the water to wet the brush, dilute the paint and clean the brush by rinsing off the paint.

For painting with a waterbrush you need to fill up the watertank in the handle. If you press the tank you will release water through the head. You can use this to activate your watercolors in your palette and to blend out the paint. To clean your brush you simply squeeze out some water and use a tissue paper to soak up the excess water.

To learn more about the differences between regular watercolor brush and an aqua brush, for example the pros and cons of each, just watch my video below!

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