Niji Waterbrush

Small Niji Waterbrush

 After alot of research, I found the perfect waterbrush. The  Niji waterbrush. 

It was originally used for watercolor artists-and it still is.  This has a “restricter plate” to control the amount of water going to the sponge and brush.

To Use:  It is a refillable waterbrush.  ( tap water is fine) The handle and brush can be screwed off to fill.  Squeeze the water-holding-handle  and put in a cup of water.  Unsqueeze, and the water gets pulled into the handle.  Screw the handle back on, and push the word “PUSH” on the handle, and it will fill in the sponge (the black shape between the  brush and  the handle) 

 Don’t do this over your work, because if you press too hard, water will drip out of the brush.  It only takes a light squeeze to get water into the sponge.  The brush will then pull the water from the sponge.   Wait a few seconds for this to happen.  Then,  test the brush-to see if it has enough water. Run  the brush over your finger.  If your finger gets wet, you’re ready. 

You don’t have to continually press in the handle.  The sponge holds alot of water.  If the color isn’t changing as you wet it, check to make sure there is enough water in the sponge.  Resqueeze the handle to add more water to the sponge. (remember, don’t do this over your quilt)

I use the waterbrush to turn the Inktense (permanent) watercolor pencil, that I have applied, dry, onto the dry fabric, into a watercolor design on my quilt.   After “painting” with water,  in a small area of the colored design, press a tissue onto the  wet area to remove the extra water.  If you don’t do it  soon enough, the water will carry the color to spaces you don’t want it to go.  Don’t be afraid to use the tissue/paper often.  You can alway rewet.



In this design, the lines were  printed on the fabric.  I used my Inktense watercolor pencils and colored the  design with the dry, colored pencils.  The fabric was also dry.




Watercolor close up


Here is a close up.  I   usually color in the whole quilt and then wet it.  I wet in just one area at a time-(like the heart)  Blot with the tissue.  Make sure your brush  doesn’t  pick up any color, before you go on to the next color.  Just squeeze the handle to push clean water through the brush.

I then quilted it, by hand.  If you are going to machine quilt, quilt first and then watercolor it.  This way all of the colors will be in the shapes quilted.

I recommend Inktense watercolor pencils, because they are permanent. (See  why under watercolor pencils)

The waterbrush is $10.00 + shipping.  If you would like one, e-mail me

If I have it in stock, I will send it right away.  You can pay me with Paypal.

Any questions??? e-mail me.




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