Gouache Brushes

There are a multitude of brushes on the market, and choosing the right one can be daunting. So we’ve selected a number of the ranges we offer which are most suitable for using with gouache. The brushes we recommend are detailed below, starting with the most expensive and finishing with the most affordable.

Series 7 Kolinsky Sable Brushes

Manufactured from only the finest pure Kolinsky Sable hair, in rust-proof, seamless nickel plated ferrules with black polished handles featuring gold print, Series 7 Sable brushes are the best.

As with so many of our top quality products, their unsurpassed excellence can in part be attributed to the rigorous selection of only the highest quality raw materials.

This tradition of excellence began in 1866 when Her Majesty Queen Victoria gave orders that Winsor & Newton, holders of the Royal Warrant, be commanded to produce brushes of the highest possible quality in her favourite size;  No. 7.  The brushes were to be made from the very finest Kolinsky Sable hair, the handles were to be ivory, and the ferrules to be sterling silver. Subsequently, these superior fine Sables were supplied to other connoisseurs, albeit with ebony handles and less lavish ferrules.

Designating them Series 7 preserved a link with the original supply to the Royal Household. It is this concern for quality, which has established Series 7 as absolutely unrivalled amongst Sable brushes, with a long-established world-wide reputation for excellence, which we jealously guard by unremitting care to every detail.

Series 7 Sables are still costly - they could not be otherwise, but if your work demands the best, if you appreciate long life and incomparable service throughout, the purchase is an investment, which will prove to be a long term economy. 

The Range
Available in all sizes from 000 to 10.

Series 7 Kolinsky Miniature Brushes

These brushes are made to the same superior quality as Series 7, and contain the finest pure Kolinsky Sable hair.

The only difference being that the hair is comparatively short out of the ferrule, so that the point of the brush can be more accurately controlled during the most delicate work. 

The Range
Available in all sizes from 000 to 6.

Artists’ Watercolour Sable Brushes

Made using Winsor & Newton's unique brush-making expertise, the Artists' Watercolour brush is tailored towards the needs of experienced watercolour artists'. The finest raw materials are used in the making of the brush, so there are no compromises made when it comes to quality. Birchwood handles, Kolinsky sable hair and seamless nickel ferrules are all crafted together by hand to create an excellent watercolour brush.



Soft Natural Hair with excellent flow control and colour carrying.


Quality Kolinsky Sable

The best quality material for watercolour brushes



Excellent spring, shape and point retention



Quality Kolinsky sable for optimal professional performance


Short sculpted handle with Matt finish

For comfort and control when painting

The sizes and shapes within the range have been chosen in response to the demands of seasoned watercolour artists. Using their years of brush making experience, Winsor & Newton have improved the profile of the round brush to ensure excellent colour carrying capacity within the belly and the ability to keep a point. The newer shape, the 'Pointed Round' is brilliant for when extra fine detail and optimum colour carrying is essential.

The matt birch wood handles of the brush are gently sculpted to form shallow undulations; these curves means that you are kept in perfect comfort whilst painting as the paintbrush rests in your hand.

Sceptre Gold II Brushes

A brush that is made from a mix of pure sable and synthetic fibres, giving a performance that's close to sable at a price closer to synthetic. The flexibility of the hair makes the brushes soft enough to work the colour, but also have a strong snap so they return back to their original shape with ease.

The inclusion of a high proportion of sable in Sceptre Gold II gives the brush considerably greater ability to make larger washes in one stroke than purely synthetic brushes. In particular, we recommend you use a Series 202 - Short Handled Long Round / Designers' brush as this will provide you with the greatest accuracy and control.

The Range
Available with short handles in Round, Long Round,  Lettering, One Stroke,
Fan and Wash brushes.

Cotman Brushes

In creating this range of pure synthetic brushes we apply the same skills, generated over many years, as those used in making the finest sable brushes. The secret of the Cotman brush lies in the fibres. By blending fibres of differing thickness we achieve the three most important qualities sought after by the artist. The thicker fibres contribute strength and spring whilsty the thinner fibres improve colour carrying.

Together they retain a perfect point, time after time.  A wide range of styles and sizes to suit all applications is available giving most of the qualities of sable at an economic price. In particular we recommend you use  Series 222 - Short Handled Long Round / Designers' brush as this will provide you with the greatest accuracy and control.

The Range
Available with short handles in Round, Long Round, One Stroke and Wash brushes.