About Black Velvet® Brushes

Handmade by expert artisans

Black Velvet® watercolor brushes are handmade by expert artisans who undergo extensive training before they are skilled enough to produce the kind of quality that has become synonymous with Silver Brush Limited.

Black Velvet® fine artist brushes feature a unique blend of natural squirrel hair and durable synthetics.

The natural hair gives Black Velvet® a full belly that holds a maximum amount of color so you don’t have to reload the brush as often, while the synthetics provide a slight snap that ensures your brush will always come to an extremely fine point.

Professional silk painter, Susan Louise Moyer explains why she uses Silver brushes.

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Black Velvet Round

Silver Black Velvet® brushes can be used for dyes, inks, watercolour and gouache.

Black Velvet® round brushes are capable of a variety of marks. With the proper amount of pressure, you can achieve fine lines, broad strokes, washes or precise details.

Popular among floral and botanical artists, Black Velvet® is an excellent brush for one stroke flowers and leaves!

Black Velvet® is soft enough to allow multiple-layer glazing, yet firm enough to lift color with a gentle scrub. 

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Brush care tips

Quality brushes are an investment in yourself and your art. We want you to have the knowledge and tools necessary to ensure the longevity of your brushes and give you the absolute best painting experience with every stroke. 

Be sure to clean your brush after each painting session. Letting paint dry in the brush can cause it to not perform as expected.

Never leave your brush sitting in water for any length of time.

If you are painting with: 

  • watercolour or gouache – rinse the head of the brush with warm water until the water runs clear. 
  • acrylics – wipe as much paint off of the brush head as you can before massaging the paint out in warm running water.
  • oils – wipe as much paint off of the brush head as you can before cleaning it with an artist-grade odorless solvent.

Always lay your brushes FLAT to dry. Leaving them upright can cause water and/or excess paint to seep into the metal ferrule and it will eventually ruin the brush.