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Mon Feb 22, 2021, 09:11 AM

Painters. Do you have favorite brands of brushes?

I used to use mainly Utrecht mixed synthetic brushes. Then I discovered and fell in love with Raphael Kaerell brushes. For fine work I use the thinnest Blick Scholastic Wonder White brushes--they're super cheap and I go through a lot of them. (I paint in acrylics).

How about you?

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Reply Painters. Do you have favorite brands of brushes? (Original post)
bif Feb 2021 OP
bamagal62 Feb 2021 #1
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Zoonart Feb 2021 #2
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mopinko Feb 2021 #6
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Response to bif (Original post)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 09:27 AM

1. I find Rosemary brushes

To be the best. Although, I agree with you that the Raphael brushes are quite good. Rosemarys last a long time and clean up really well.

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Response to bamagal62 (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 10:33 AM

4. Where do you buy them?

And are they good for acrylic paints?

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Response to bif (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 12:21 PM

5. They have brushes for use in any medium.

They are out of the UK. rosemaryandco.com
But, it turns out to be quite affordable when you factor in how long they last. There is also a local company that sells them. windriverarts.com
They dont carry all their brushes. But, can get them if you request. I just order directly from Rosemary.

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Response to bamagal62 (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 04:32 PM

7. Maybe I'll order a couple

And see how I like them. The Shiraz and Red Dot look to be a good fit.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 09:28 AM

2. Hey, Bif,

I have some thirty year old natural boar bristle filberts that I still use even though they are pretty ratted out. They were made by a French company and were seriously pricey ($30. a brush in the 80's) They are not made any more. The handle of the brushes are so painted over I could not tell you what the name was. They were my favorite.

I use tons of the Blick wonder whites also... for the same reason.

Really enjoying your recent work, especially the Gray scale trees and buildings. Good stuff.

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Response to Zoonart (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 10:25 AM

3. Wow! $30 a brush back then was huge!

And thanks for the compliment about my nighttime paintings! It's really been fun and I plan on doing a bunch more of them.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 02:27 PM

6. when i use inks

my fave brushes are a couple that i bought at nececa. elk horn and deer hair.
for caran d'ache, my fave media, i have a coule old bristle ones that were the best i could buy at the art supply store, but also several china whites.

but generally speaking, yes i do fall in love w my brushes.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 01:41 AM

8. I'm a brush junkie.

And the more I progress as a painter, I wish someone had explained brushes better to me. Im now understanding more and realize how much money Ive wasted on certain brushes.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Apr 4, 2021, 10:36 AM

9. I ended up ordering several Rosemary brushes

I'm enjoying them immensely. I think they're a tie with the Raphael brushes I already have.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 12:22 AM

10. Winsor & Newton.

https://amzn.to/2Qc8J6a

Flow Control the color flows evenly and consistently from the point with enough color carry capacity within the belly of the brush to lay down a flowing gestural stoke of colour.

Snap & Spring the brush snaps back crisply into shape with the right degree of spring to allow the artist superior control with a degree of give and take between the brush and painting surface.

Point having a crisp point and maintaining that during use.

The Worlds Finest Water Color Brush
- for artists who appreciate exquisite quality and longevity, there is no other brush than the Winsor & Newton Series 7.



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