[Eng sub] #21 How to use a flat brush  | Watercolor painting tutorial for beginners

[Eng sub] #21 How to use a flat brush | Watercolor painting tutorial for beginners

The flat brush! Hello, everyone! Shibasaki here! It’s time for another session of super basics. Today ’s theme is… Today I’m going to discuss the flat paintbrush. One of my enthusiastic viewers commented, “You somehow seem to be using a flat brush…” I’m impressed that some viewers watch my videos carefully. That’s correct! Yes, I sometime use this flat brush for painting. But I’ve kept suggesting using this #20 round brush all this time. I know it’s not fair. Telling you to use this #20 round brush while I’m using a flat brush? It’s natural for you to have such a question. Today I’m going to discuss the round brush again, and also the usage and advantages of the flat brush. I’ve suggested using a round brush because many of you have a lot of thin brushes… …and it doesn’t seem to me very efficient if you want to paint watercolor spontaneously. I wanted to encourage everyone to limit painting tools to a thick round brush, and master the use of it. That’s why I’m showing various ways of expression that you can create with a round brush. A round brush can be used for the expression that a flat brush can create. However… Although a round brush is very efficient…, …it’s still not convenient enough for a flat wash on a large-size painting surface for example. Some people want to paint on a large surface, you know. Some people are working on large pieces like #20 and #30. In these cases, the flat brush is very effective. Flat brushes have various more types than these. Well… Sizes vary and so do materials. I don’t know what these are made of but it seems to be animal fur. This is nylon. Each has its own advantages. Today I’ll discuss how efficient this big flat brush is and how it can be used. A big flat brush is very good for flat-washing a large painting surface. I usually use #6 surfaces for paintings to show you, but use a flat brush for the background or large areas. So the question was probably from someone who saw that. Now I’d like to use this flat brush for flat wash. I’ll start by dissolving color in the usual way. Take a lot of water and bring it over to the palette as usual. If you use a big brush, you can bring over a lot of water at a time. Can I use blue again? I feel I should… There’s so much water here. Don’t directly bring such a big flat brush to the color. The color will get flooded. Make sure to remove excess water first and then take color. Even more so if it’s a big brush. Well, take your time. Try not to rush. When it’s ready, let’s start painting. Take a lot of paint first. If you remember I dropped some paint on the surface when I showed flat wash. It was because it was a round brush. The flat brush is relatively wider and thinner and can be used directly for flat wash. Like this. I’m painting with the brush gently without adding too much pressure. With too much pressure, the brush leaves too much paint on or takes paint off the surface. Just gently. And you know it’s important to avoid accumulation of paint for flat wash. Vertically or horizontally… try to go gently. Take more paint and apply gently. Gently and gently. Control the amount of paint and use the brush gently to remove excess paint. Try not to let the paint accumulate. Just gently. Because the brush is capable of absorbing lots of paint, the paint can easily accumulate on the paper. When it’s done, just leave it… …untouched. Flat wash is very easy with a flat brush. In addition, because this brush is wide and soft… See how the brush tip retains its shape when it’s pushed back? It’s so soft that gradation is relatively easy with this brush. For gradation, we need paint with a darker tone. Dissolve more color to do so. This is very interesting as well. Take some paint with the brush. The surface is already wet enough. Remove excess paint to control the amount if the brush has taken too much. Start painting from this side… …as you ease the tension in the hand. It should be painted this way. You may first feel worried about the ends of the strokes… …but it’ll gradually bleed into gradation. Don’t be too nervous or try to redo it. Just remove the accumulated paint as we always do… …to avoid accumulation. See how the boundaries are becoming blurred? Excess paint should be removed. This way you can paint a large area. This is the great advantage of a flat brush. Now let me rinse the brush… …and take excess moisture out of it. Remove some paint from the already-painted surface. You can do such a thing easily with a large brush. This is another idea. For painting such a large area like this, a round brush is not a bad tool… …but you can’t help using a number of strokes with it. To avoid that, we’ve stood the surface to let the paint run for gradation and flat wash. But with a flat brush, you don’t need to do that. You can just paint with the brush for flat wash, gradation, and other methods. The key to successful watercolor painting is to add the next layer before the previous layer gets dry. It depends on the day’s weather or other conditions, but the surface can get dry unexpectedly quickly. To avoid such situations, a big flat brush makes it easy to apply paint to a large area quickly. Well what do you think? I still think the #20 round brush is essential and that it’s important to master using it. As supplement, a flat brush is efficient if you want to paint a large surface at once. What did you think? If you’ve found it interesting, please leave a comment and subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already. Thank you very much for watching until the end.


  • angela martínez says:

    i don’t know why do i watch his videos if i don’t paint actually, but i love his voice, so relaxing 🥺

  • Tsuyume1 Cielo says:

    Konichiwa~Shibasaki-san~❤️❤️❤️❤️ niceee videooo from youu~Arigato ne~

  • Reema Singh says:

    I love your videos 😍😍

  • Olga Kizh says:

    Great video as always ^_^

  • hobbypotter says:

    Thank you so much for taking your time to teach online. Your videos are always so easy to watch and understand … and it's amazing because I don't speak a word of Japanese …but soon! Thank you again, I really enjoy your videos 🙂

  • نور الحياة says:

    احببتها 😊

  • LunaSuJu says:

    Can I ask something? In your videos where you paint fireworks, the flat brush you use for painting night black was really big. Was that really a watercolor brush?

  • Emile Schaffhaunssen says:

    💖 Always … Great thanks !

  • TingleZ & Brush ASMR says:

    Very informative and relaxing! 😀

    When I just started I really wondered which brush should I use and I just used the first cheap quality nylon flat brush but I struggled a lot. Than I bought nylon round brush that was not on the point for me either. After that I saw Frank Clarks video and bought a big goat hair brush similar that you used. It was effective especially with painting trees and textures but it felt so big and clumsy. Now I mostly use a big natural round brush you. So the thing is 😀 It's fun to use new brushes every once in a while 🙂

  • Sue Andradas says:

    Obrigada senhor Shibasaki por essas aulas maravilhosas. Sua paciência e carinho me encantam. Tenho aprendido muito. Saudações aqui do Brasil.

  • Fayery says:

    your videos relieve my stress from the whole day. always that cheerful smile and your beautiful artwork

  • Majid Khan says:


  • uberbobby drawing says:

    Beautiful video, sir. Always impressive.💝💝

  • zahra pirebornatan says:

    Thanks for the videos for beginners 🙏🙏🙏🌺🌺🌺🌺

  • Stacy Peña says:

    Arigato gozaimasu! Sensei wa sugoi desu.

  • B L M says:

    Brilliant as always thank you ^^

  • Naiméa says:

    Merci pour ce tutoriel très bien expliqué !

  • Violeta Morales says:

    Thanks dear Sensei, have a great day !!

  • E.E GAME START says:

    thaks you chibasaki seinse , please i want to sea a oil color painting!

  • Jason Sykes says:

    WTF Shibasaki. You just broke my head. You telling all this time I could have been doing a sunset with a whole circle and then just doing a glaze over the top of it?

  • ooman56 says:

    I've learned so much from your videos, I'm really glad I found you!
    I do have a question, please. Before each painting session, do you add fresh paint to your palette? Your colors always look so juicy and pick up on the brush easily. Pardon me if you've covered this in an earlier video, I'm still working my way through the ones I haven't yet watched.
    I wish I spoke Japanese, I wonder how much I'm missing with just the 'closed caption'?
    Thank you again, so very much for all your help.

  • Opsossum says:

    Thank you. 🙏🏻
    I really enjoyed painting along, I gifted it to my sister afterwards. She was very happy! 😊✨

  • コバディ Cobuddy Sansbuddy says:

    おはようございます🌅 超基礎編をありがとうございます😊 実はわたしは平筆も時々使っています、すみませんm(_ )m 💦 さ一っと気持ちよく塗れるのでつい使ってしまいます。20号筆も、もったいないので14号使ってます、すみませんm( _)m💦 小さいサイズの水彩紙なのでそれでいいかなと考えていました。
    オマケ絵の綺麗なこと✨ どうもありがとうございました💕良い一日をお過ごしください🤗🌼

  • Fatma Mohamed says:

    Some tallented people didn't had a chance to study art .. so you are our gift .. thank you very much

  • tzendere says:

    it's impossible for me to feel anything negative when watching your videos

  • Sonia Bueno Affonso says:

    Hello 🇧🇷 from Brazil master Shiba! Very interesting your lesson today. I will try using the flat brush as the same as you did.
    The end was very cute. 🙋🏻‍♀️

  • Sharon Hauser says:

    Ah ~ very good explanation of flat brush. I love the colorful little painting of boat and mountain. Thank you!

  • ヤマキのかつおぶし says:


  • Mayca Morón says:

    Que pena no entender… eres un artista 👋👋 gracias por explicarnos!!! Saludos

  • Kalima Coyote says:

    Muchísimas gracias😊😊

  • Shina Hyeji says:

    HELP. Is it fine to mix a student grade watercolor white with an artist quality watercolors?

  • 田中早苗 says:


  • 吉原健志 says:


  • サンフラワー says:

    動画を視聴していると 自分にも描けそうな気がしてトライしますが…(^_^;)
    これからは自然が 美しい彩りで わたし達を楽しませてくれますね。
    染まり行く樹々の葉も、先生の絵と同様に わたしの心の栄養です。
    ご指導 ありがとうございました🍁🍂🌰

  • Ginger Buchanan says:

    You always make me happy!

  • 豆柴. says:


  • なっぽこ says:


  • Connie Ostroha says:

    I love you and the lessons you give. Don’t know what I would do without you…!💕

  • lily k says:

    柴崎さんこんにちは🌞 このビデオも素晴らしいでありがとうございます!

  • Painting Step By Step says:

    So useful tips!

  • Angayasse says:

    My to-go place at the end of the day to relieve all the mess and stress of the world – Shibasaki channel <3

  • Viy Svetosarov says:

    Thank you! I have a question. What paper you use? My paper take all paint fast, and i could not to wash this place like you. Sorry for my english

  • Rosiane Sueyd Valadares Costa says:

    Você é um querido !!!


    I enjoy very much the pictures you draw at the end of each video. They remind me of HAIKU poems. Can you please show us how to draw bamboo with black ink??? I would like to learn to draw "the four gentlemen" bamboo, chrysanthemum, orchid and plum tree. Do you think is it possible??? Thank you!!!

  • Deepa 2000 says:

    What size of paper Is suitable for using a #20 brush?

  • Barbara Zebrowska says:

    Grazie per consigli! Un ottimo esercizio rilassante!!

  • Marzipan Mercí says:

    Thank you so much Shibasaki sensei.

    This channel helps me a lot, more than I could express, really really appreciate it.

    Wish you happiness always 🌷

  • あおたろう says:


  • Maddy V says:

    Thanks to you, I'm finally painting again ☺

  • Likila says:

    Thank you very much for your videos! Big love from Russia!

  • Rosiane Sueyd Valadares Costa says:

    Por gentileza, qual o pincel chato que vc está usando? Não consegui identificá-lo? O redondo percebi que é o número 6. Obrigada.

  • Jeff Oates says:

    Your work is magnificent. Thank you!

  • クリンクリン says:

    大きな絵を描く時は太い平筆はとても便利だと思います😊 私は4号の平筆を持っていますが全然使いこなしていません😩 いつもおまけの絵が素敵で楽しみです🎶💕

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  • Joanna Rychel says:

    明日、かならずしてみたいです! I have a wide brush but I wasn't using it recently. 面白い動画を作ってくれてありがとうございます!

  • Mª José Ruz Casado says:

    Gracias, maestro. Sus clases me han decidido a empezar a pintar con acuarela.
    Hoy quería preguntar por el nombre del
    Color usado rosa que ha usado. No es ninguno de los que recomienda en la paleta para principiantes. ¿Podría decirme el nombre de ese color y la marca? Gracias.

  • analia Rojas says:

    No entiendo sus palabras en japones pero si el idioma Universal del arte bello e interesante

  • firdyk says:

    Thank you for such clear tips!

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