Foundation of Ocean-i Having different dreams and persistence towards the pursuit of art, the four founders of Ocean-i encountered each other in their lives and jointly established the brand. The Chinese name of "Ocean-i" is "海津", in which, the word "海" means "Hundred of rivers aggregate to the Sea" in Chinese, implying many scattered things being brought together into one place - a metaphor of one direction of the popular sentiment, also a metaphor of four people from different places sharing the same dream and same belief.The word "津"can be split into two parts, the right hand side "聿" means the ancient Chinese character of "pen" while the left hand side means Chinese character of "water", hence the word "津" can also imply "water pen" or "water brush". Ocean-i is introducing one of the most famous China brushes, the strongest water absorption brush: the "Yang Zhou water brush." In addition to mastering the control in using the mix of water and color, successful watercolor painters may also need to know how to use water with thin layers of color to express the texture and the layering of the paintings. Hence, the control of water is absolutely crucial. A watercolor brush with excellent water absorption and extraordinary resilience can help the painter to express the most sincere emotion and feelings on his/her artworks. Ocean-i combines the Eastern and Western techniques in crafting the watercolor brushes. Composing the excellent features altogether, Ocean-i aims to produce the world's best handcraft watercolor brushes.

Watercolor Brushes

Watercolor Brushes

Liu's Series Brush

Liu’s series features watercolor brushes that adopts both the characteristics of a round and flat brush. A design that is two-in-one, both brushes achieve a fitting balance between water absorption, elasticity and flexibility. Through rigorous testing, improvements and enhancements, it is built to be equally suitable for painting large watercolor washes and fine details - a truly exceptional series.

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Tulip Watercolor Brush

Tulip Watercolor Brush is a diligently hand-crafted brush: using premium sable hair in the brush, fine ebony as the body, bovine bone as the cap, a true master piece among the watercolor brushes.Tulip Watercolor Brush has strong water absorption, natural resilience and perfect point, making the brush suitable for large area work as well as painting of fine details. Tulip Watercolor Brush is an extraordinary all-rounded watercolor brush. Brush dimensions: 218mm x 12mm / Brush size: UK size 9

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Piccolo Watercolor Brush

Using premium squirrel hair as the brush, Piccolo Watercolor Brush has great water absorption and strong resilience. Enhanced brush-point technique in the brush making process enabling the brush to be used for large area work as well as painting of fine details. Piccolo Watercolor Brush is an excellent all-rounded watercolor brush. Brush dimensions: 201mm x 14mm / Brush size: UK size 12

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Accordion Watercolor Brush

Accordion is a dedicated watercolour brush for Plein air. Using premium sable hair from the cold area, Accordion has great water absorption as well as excellent resilience.Accordion is a "must have" watercolour brush for Plein air lovers! Brush dimensions: 110mm x 10mm / Brush size: UK size 7

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Usage & Maintenance

When the brush is first being used, loosening of some brush hair may occur. This is regarded as normal situation due to the final procedure of the brush making: the brush maker will use scissors to trim the pointed shape of the brush. Some short and fragmented brush hair may therefore be trapped inside the brush leading to the brush hair loosen which may affect writing or painting. This situation, however, could be avoided by going through the preparation process before using the brush. Preparation process before using the brush Before using the brush, use the thumb to press on the dry brush hair and rub gently in order to remove the fragmented brush hair and glue. Wash the brush hair with warm water for 3 to 5 minutes. Then use tissue paper to absorb the water from the brush hair and the brush will be ready to use. Washing the brush Do not immerse the entire brush into the water during the wash, as this act will make the rod as well as the connection between the brush hair and the rod becoming fragile. Hence, need only to wash the brush hair.The brush hair has to be cleaned thoroughly, as the residual ink or paint will cause great harm to the brush hair. The brush shall be hanging vertically with the brush tip pointing downward after cleaning while letting the brush wind-dry naturally, to avoid the residual ink or paint being flowed towards the rod and hence causing mold or loosening of the brush hair.The unique cap design of the "Ocean-i" brush can prevent the split or mold growing over the brush hair. It is recommended to place the brush with camphor ball and desiccant to prevent the brush being damaged by moth if it is not in use for a long period.


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