Review: #1 brush da Vinci Watercolor Series 5358

When I first started painting, my first class included some basic synthetic brushes and a run of the mill multimedia pad. As I've gained more skill, I'm finding that I need to up my supply game a bit and invest in better quality painting tools.

I started researching for a good quill brush that offers a lot of control and works really well for fine detail. After reading several reviews, I came across this brush set by da Vinci that seemed to fit the bill, so I decided to give them a whirl.

I purchased this da Vinci brush set on Amazon for $61.58 for the set. The price tag initially shied me away because spending $30 on a brush seemed crazy to me. But I figured these would last me a long time, if they're the quality that the reviews boasted. In the pack was a smaller brush (#1) and a larger brush (#4)

Description from Amazon:

  • Russian blue squirrel hair is of the highest quality and holds a large volume of water which makes it excellent for mop and wash techniques
  • Generously sized and hand shaped, its unique point allows for full strokes across the paper
  • Huge reservoir lays down large amounts of water ideal for wash and mop techniques
  • Petit Gris Purr is sometimes called a French watercolor brush
  • Certified green manufacturing with sustainable wood handles; handmade in Germany at our family owned factory since 1890
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After they arrived in the mail, I started using the smaller #1 brush of the two for the more intricate detail work for a painting I'm working on for a friend. I noticed right away that it loaded a lot of paint and easily formed a point for refined edges and details.

#1 brush Verdict:

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Bingo. This is just the high-quality everyday brush I was looking for and that my artwork needed! Even when working on other paintings and using other brushes, I found myself gravitating back to this one the most. It's precise control and flexibility is excellent for edging and detail work and is definitely an upgrade from the brush I was using. This one is a keeper!

Want to know how the larger brush stacked up? I've got the review here:

#4 brush da Vinci Watercolor Series 5358