Free Set: Watercolor Brushes

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Another week, another free brush set. Each week we let our SketchBook Pro members know how much we love them by curating a special set of brushes just for them. Last week we handed out a crazy freaky GalaXafreaks set courtesy of Andrew Pawley. (Thank you!) This week we thought we’d go a little more traditional. This time around we’ve got a really excellent Watercolor Brush Set that will help you both lay down transparent color and blend it effectively to create watercolor paintings. If you’ve done watercolor before, you’ll appreciate that this brush set has a few unique blending brushes. In addition to Fine Tip, Broad Stroke, Medium Tip Rough, Fine Tip Light, Round Tip, Fan Tip Broad, and Square Tip brushes, it has three great blending brushes: Fine Tip Blender, Broad Stroke Blender, and Bristle Blender. All told, that’s 10 great watercolor brushes to get you going. And, of course, you can customize these even further. Want to try something radical with your brushes? Just duplicate them and go crazy with things like blending modes. If you end up not liking your experiments, you can always delete them. Whatever you do, don’t settle for just the basics — make all the tools in the app work for you.

Ready to get started? Download the Watercolor Brush Set and double click the .skbrushes file to install it.

Free watercolor brushes set

Installing the brush sets

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).

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If you like this brush set, you might also want to grab Mohammed’s Expressive Brush Set. It’s not specifically for watercolors, but it was designed to be used for plein-air (outdoor) painting. If you are a mixed media type of person who likes to lay down splashes of watercolor and then ink on top of it, you’ll probably like Mohammed’s brushes. They are perhaps the most downloaded free brush set we’ve offered… so far. Check back on our blog every Monday for a new brush set. Collect them all!