Isabey Vintage

Finest quality brushes for watercolor

For painters, every detail matters.

But most brushes don't get the details right. Even if you buy a high-end brush, the ergonomics and overall usability may not be what you'd expect. Watercolorists in particular have had to make do with featherweight, super-skinny handles, which aren't ideal for comfort or control.

Isabey Vintage Watercolor Brushes are on another level. These handmade brushes feature premium fibers and a distinctive design that emphasizes balance. The handles are all larger than similar sizes in other brushes, and they're fitted with elongated brass ferrules. The overall shape is tapered, with the widest point near the grip, allowing for a wide range of hand positions.

In short, an Isabey Vintage brush has all the refinement and build quality of a fine pen. They're available in two gorgeous fibers: Isabey's proprietary Isaqua Synthetic Sable for bouncy, precise strokes and Petit Gris Pur grey squirrel for ultimate softness and color capacity. Pair the two for the ultimate watercolor studio set.

Isabey Vintage Watercolor Brushes feature premium fibers and a distinctive design that emphasizes balance. The handles are all larger than similar sizes in other brushes, and they're fitted with elongated brass ferrules. The overall shape is tapered, with the widest point near the grip, allowing for a wide range of hand positions.

In short, an Isabey Vintage brush has all the refinement and build quality of a fine pen. They're available in two gorgeous fibers: Isabey's proprietary Isaqua Synthetic Sable for bouncy, precise strokes and Petit Gris Pur grey squirrel for ultimate softness and color capacity. Pair the two for the ultimate watercolor studio set.


Isaqua Synthetic Sable

A great synthetic sable round is an absolute essential in the artist's studio. The perfect springy brush for details and sharp shapes.

$6.95 +

36% off list price

It's not just for happy little trees. A fan brush can make an astonishing variety of different marks, and it's particularly useful for texture.

$16.50 +

36% off list price

Isaqua Synthetic Sable really shines in this calligraphic flat brush. Make densely saturated, hard-edged marks with this brush.

$9.95 +

37% off list price

For long, flowing lines and microdots of texture. Isabey Vintage long rounds let you draw freely with watercolor.

$8.50 +

35% off list price


Petit Gris Pur

Even the tiniest Petit Gris Pur rounds can hold a tremendous amount of color. For all your little blobs, swells, and scrubby marks.

$11.50 +

40% off list price

The ultimate in watercolor luxury. These wirebound grey squirrel quills are softer and more absorbent than any other brush in our shop.

$28.95 +

37% off list price

What's a tracer? We didn't know either. Turns out it's a sable liner inside a squirrel mop. When wet, they form one continuous tip for super-long, dynamic lines.

$32.95 +

40% off list price

These bushy Petit Gris flats are the wash brushes of our dreams. For big, dreamy backgrounds and transparent layers.

$24.95 +

37% off list price


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Isabey Vintage brushes will elevate your watercolor kit, no matter what colors and accessories you prefer. But just in case you're looking for an upgrade, we've selected some of our favorite watercolor supplies from other fine manufacturers.

Schmincke's Spring 2022 promotional set is a lovely little pocket box with six tubes of Horadam watercolor. Perfect for mixing.

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This traditionally-made French watercolor paper brings out bright colors and offers a soft, natural texture. A5 size (about 6" x 8").

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These gorgeous porcelain palettes have nineteen ultra-smooth wells, ten of them slanted for water control.

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Five mind-bending colors with an emphasis on complex greens. Supergranulation colors instantly create texture and color contrasts when applied with water.

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Watercolor brushes are also excellent with ink. Try making monochrome sketches with this vermilion sumi ink from Kuretake. Just make sure to wash your brush afterward!

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Holbein watercolor is brighter and smoother than any other brand, thanks to the company's high-tech approach to manufacturing. Start with these 12 colors for ultimate chroma.

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