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Softaqua Watercolor Brushes


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Raphaël Softaqua brushes are as lush and absorbent as the best squirrel hair brushes, but they're made of a synthetic fiber that's vegan and cruelty-free. Look closely and you'll see that Raphaël has replicated the wavy texture of squirrel hair, its coarseness, and its remarkably soft touch when wet. When dipped in watercolor, the Softaqua fibers cling together in a perfect shape, and when you touch them to the paper, they spread out evenly and allow for smooth transitions between thin and thick marks.

We're pleased to offer Softaqua brushes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, all with comfortable handles and the outstanding build quality you'd expect from an esteemed manufacturer like Raphaël.

Please note that Raphaël's sizes may not correspond to brushes you already own. The scale images on this page are the best way to know which size to purchase. We've also provided approximate U.S. size equivalents in the brush size menu.

Sold individually.

About Raphaël:

Founded in Paris in 1793, Raphaël is the oldest fine art brush maker in Europe. Following the time honored tradition of master and apprentice, the highly skilled craftswomen of Raphaël undergo intensive training before they are ready to produce a Raphaël brush. The finest hairs and bristles are imported from all over the world and hand-sorted to ensure the highest quality.



We ship all orders from our store in St. Louis, Missouri. 95% of orders are processed in 1-2 business days. Shipping to the United States is always free for orders over $59. For orders under $59, domestic shipping rates start at $4.50. You can calculate your shipping cost in the cart or at checkout. For St. Louis residents, we also offer free curbside pickup. Just select "Pick Up" on the first page of checkout.


If there's a problem with your order, please contact our customer service team at If your order is damaged or defective, we will send you a prepaid return label and replace the item immediately. If you change your mind about an order, you can ship it back to us in new condition for a refund or exchange. However, if there is no error on our part, we cannot refund shipping charges or pay for return shipping. The deadline for all returns is 30 days from the delivery date. All clearance items, dated calendars and planners, and grab bags are non-refundable.

You can read more about our policies and procedures here.


We are an independent retailer trusted by artists since 2015, and our expert staff are happy to help you with any questions you might have about our products and services. We love helping our customers choose colors, build gift packages for friends, and get started with new tools and materials. We can also take special orders for items not listed on this site.


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Softaqua Watercolor Brushes

Softaqua Watercolor Brushes