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Yasutomo Brush Information

We proudly carry a carefully curated selection of traditional Asian brushes, waterbrushes, and a few other specialty items.

See below for more detailed information on our brushes.

Close up image of SW All Purpose Brush series

All-Purpose Brushes (SW series)

Application
Hair Type
Features
  • Sumi-e painting
  • Calligraphy
  • Watercolor
  • Ink work
  • Blend of natural and synthetic bristles
  • Sharp tip and firm body
  • Performs various strokes well while still being flexible enough for coloring and shading
  • Handles have a loop for hanging
Close up image of CC series brushes
Application
Hair Type
Features
  • Sumi-e painting
  • Calligraphy
  • Watercolor
  • Ink work
  • Blend of natural and synthetic bristles
  • Holds lots of water
  • The central core of the brush is composed of relatively stiff bristle and natural hair gathered to form a tapered point. The outer wrapping consists of softer hairs that have been selected for their ability to hold water and facilitate smooth strokes.
  • Hair structure ensures smooth maneuverability and dynamic strokes when both light or heavy pressures are applied
  • Coarse, stiff hairs give a crisp touch when painting
  • Handle includes loop for hanging
close up view of combination bamboo pen and brush
Application
Hair Type
Features
  • Sumi-e painting
  • Calligraphy
  • Ink work
  • Natural Bristles
  • Two-ended tool is a dip pen and brush in one!
  • Dip the pen end in ink and start drawing or writing to use
  • Perfect for black-ink line drawing
  • Removable brush tip can be inserted into the handle for protection and storage
  • Designed to be used with liquid sumi ink (i.e. bokuju)
  • Hard bamboo shaft is individually carved by a master craftsman
close up photo of Fusion series brush tips
Application
Hair Type
Features
  • Watercolor
  • Lettering
  • Ink work
  • Synthetic Taklon bristles
  • Classical Asian appearance but Western performance capabilities
  • Taklon fiber bristles hold a fine point for detailed strokes
  • Brush tips are responsive and springy for a controlled painting experience
  • Dark synthetic handles are easy to clean and won't crack
  • Handles have a loop for hanging
BFC1 & BFC3 brushes shown in detail
Application
Hair Type
Features
  • Laying in large, even areas of water or color
  • Wetting surfaces
  • Absorbing excess media
  • Natural bristles
  • Can be used with a wide range of media including watercolor, oil, encaustic, and ceramic glazes
  • Inexpensive and long-lasting
  • Metal ferrule protects the brushes' roots
  • Handle includes hole for hanging
zoomed in photo of Niji Best Waterbrush small, large and flat tips
Application
Hair Type
Features
  • Watercolor
  • Sumi-e
  • Rubber stamping
  • Silk painting
  • Bleaching
  • Face painting
  • Coloring books
  • Synthetic bristles
  • Combination brush and water container
  • Portable waterbrushes are great for plein air and painting on the go
  • Unparalleled flow control
  • Easy to fill with water and water-soluble ink
  • Precise tips allow for fine detailed work
  • Wide variety of sizes, including a 3 piece set with small and large tip sizes
close up zoom photo of three Niji Premier waterbrush tips parallel to each other
Application
Hair Type
Features
  • Watercolor
  • Sumi-e
  • Rubber stamping
  • Silk painting
  • Bleaching
  • Face painting
  • Coloring books
  • Drawing (with Bullet tip)
  • Synthetic bristles
  • Combination brush and water container
  • A unique plunger system is used to load the barrel water and water-soluble ink, making is easier to fill that other waterbrushes
  • Bullet felt tip can be filled with ink or liquid watercolor to create a marker
  • Portable waterbrushes are great for plein air and painting on the go
  • See-through reservoir
  • Packaged in a sturdy, protective plastic case for storage and convenient travel
zoomed in photo of Niji Waterbrush value set brushes in sizes fine, medium and flat
Application
Hair Type
Features
  • Watercolor
  • Sumi-e
  • Rubber stamping
  • Silk painting
  • Bleaching
  • Face painting
  • Coloring books
  • Synthetic bristles
  • Combination brush and water container
  • Portable waterbrushes are great for plein air and painting on the go
  • See-through reservoir
  • Easy to fill with water and water-soluble ink
  • Three piece value set includes one brush of each size: fine, medium, and flat tip
zoomed in photo of pipe handle hake brush with fluffy white natural hair bristles and bamboo handle
Application
Hair Type
Features
  • Applying media over large areas
  • Wet washes, sizing, gluing
  • Ceramic art
  • Blend of natural and synthetic bristles
  • Brush handles made of bamboo
  • Brush can be permanently divided into smaller sections by breaking apart the split handle
  • Made thick to provide a firm touch and offer greater water holding capacity
close up view of stencil brush size medium
Application
Hair Type
Features
  • Stencil art
  • Natural bristles
  • A stiff, flat tip to allow for stenciling with paint
  • Small size allows you to get paint into finely detailed stencils
  • Sturdy natural bristles can withstand heavy stamping
  • The more it is used, the better it works
close up photo of F25 hake brush and F10 hake brush crossed over each other
Application
Hair Type
Features
  • Laying in large, even areas of water or color
  • Wetting surfaces
  • Absorbing excess media
  • Blend of natural and synthetic bristles
  • Holds a generous amount of ink or water for saturated washes
  • Perfect for students
  • Brush tip comes to a sharp edge when wet
  • Long wooden hold includes a hole for hanging
close up photo of Wa Fude series brush tips
Application
Hair Type
Features
  • Sumi-e painting
  • Calligraphy
  • Watercolor
  • Ink work
  • Lettering
  • Natural bristles
  • Authentic fine Japanese brushes
  • Superior performance in calligraphy
  • The spring and snap of these natural bristle brushes make them perform quite differently from our other sumi-e brushes, providing a variety of performance options to suit different artists' needs
  • Variety of sizes, spring, and precision points
  • Includes large brush sizes up to 11/16" x 2 9/16" tip sizes

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