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Message started by neeman on Oct 23rd, 2003 at 1:03pm

Title: Brushes
Post by neeman on Oct 23rd, 2003 at 1:03pm
Dear Everyone out there,

What do all you guys use for brushes?
Do you have special brushes for washes?
Flats, one-strokes, or other types?
Or do you stay with a large sable round?
Do you use sable, squirrel, or synthetic?
Is there a big difference?

I know the answer is go and buy, then go and play.
But brushes are not cheap, and supplies are hard to get around here.

Look forward to hearing you replies,

Neeman.

Title: Re: Brushes
Post by Admin on Oct 24th, 2003 at 12:17am
For watercolors sable is the key, it has the right snap and will last. Windsor Newton  #7 or #8 is perfect.
When the wash is smaller then a sponge wash but still a large area, a large synthetic watercolor round and pointed is my brush of choice, the White Sable Goliath #36.

Here is a page of my brushes, including water color, if you want to get into speciality brushes and get a third brush.
http://www.realcolorwheel.com/mybrushes.htm

Title: Re: Brushes
Post by neeman on Oct 24th, 2003 at 10:28am
Don,
What do you mean by a sable has the right snap?
Thanks,
Neeman

Title: Re: Brushes
Post by Admin on Oct 24th, 2003 at 9:22pm
Resiliantcy, coming back to it's original shape. Bounce, not floppy like a squrille hair mop. Resiliant enough to handle othe weight of water without sagging. Holds a point with a full belly of paint. Tough, won't wear out like badger.  Get one #3 also to save the point of the #7.
If there was one brush to paint an 11x14 or smaller it would be that pointed Kolinsky sable  #7 Series 7, Windsor Newton.

Title: Re: Brushes
Post by cherlin on Jan 11th, 2006 at 12:15am
I am starting to learn and have already sunk 300.00 in supplies and that is just for paper and paint and pallets. I know my brushes are substandard but I donít know what is good and what is bad. I heard that you do NOT have to pay hundreds per brush to get a good brush. Can you pay 5-10 per brush and get decent results? That is all I can afford at this point, I spend any more money in this my husband will cut me off before I even paint my first masterpiece =)

Title: Re: Brushes
Post by Admin on Jan 11th, 2006 at 12:39am
I should know which media you plan on working in first.

Title: Re: Brushes
Post by cherlin on Jan 11th, 2006 at 4:13am
Winsor & Newton Artists' Watercolors on 140 and 300 i have both  cold and rough

Title: Re: Brushes
Post by Admin on Jan 11th, 2006 at 8:57am
Drop the 140#, cut to size the 300#, get one good sable brush the size depending on the size work you can do and the detail you want. I would get a size #8 pointed round but I can't do without my #36.
That's really all you need for this media. Well the minium you can get away with any how.
Here is my collection.
http://www.realcolorwheel.com/mybrushes.htm

Title: Re: Brushes
Post by Admin on Oct 5th, 2006 at 9:06am
I will write a larger post but just let me say I found the best brushes in the world. They are made by Kalish Finest Brushes. Harry made a series of short kolinsky round furrel flat end chisle brushes to match my favorite Langnickle brushes. I have to shoot some photographs of them and discribe there action, it's great.
http://home.att.net/~brushes/Kolinsky.htm

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