Last year, we released a Watercolor Brush Set that became incredibly popular among our users. We decided to update this brush set to a Textured Watercolors Brush Set that includes 15 brushes with the new texture features we added not too long ago. By adding texture, these brushes look and feel even more like you’re painting with watercolors. It’s a dramatic difference that you’ll love if you enjoy using watercolor techniques.
What’s in This Set
In addition to updating the individual brushes from our first watercolor brush set to include texture, we added five more brushes: Broad Tip, Rough Round Tip, Bristle Round Tip, Seeping Brush, and Bleeding Brush. To create the effect of blending out your brush stroke with water, use the Blender brushes.
Using the Brushes
Inspired by galaxy watercolor portraits, I painted my own version using this Watercolor Brush Set. To start, I imported an image of watercolor paper onto the first layer as my background. These brushes pair well with the default brush set called Textured Essentials, so I used the Textured Essential brush set’s Pencil Pal for my initial sketch. Then, I grabbed the Textured Watercolors brush set’s Fine Tip watercolor brush to line the artwork.
Next, I tried a variety of watercolor brushes for different effects.
Then, I used the Blender watercolor brushes to blend out the edges.
For finishing touches, I used the Texture Essentials brush set’s Speckled brush and Signature Ink. Finally, I painted the stars and added highlights to the hair.
The final result, taking into account the textured options in SketchBook Pro, looks a whole lot more like watercolors than any previous brushes we’ve offered:
Installing the Brush Set
Being able to share and install these weekly free brush sets in the desktop app is one of the features for SketchBook subscribers. If you’re using the latest desktop version of SketchBook, simply double click on the .skbrushes file, and it will automatically install. Check out this article for all the details about brushes and legacy versions. If you haven’t tried the subscription, you can download a free trial and unlock Pro membership for 15 days (no credit card required).