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H20 Base
04-27-2010, 11:39 PM
Hi everyone, just wondering what name brand paint brushes are out there. I'm talking extreme high quality brushes for acrylic paints. i usually use cheap no name brands or as long as it does the job, but just curious what top artists use now a days. Thanks

dances_with_oils
04-28-2010, 12:29 AM
Hi H2o welcome to Wet Canvas.

If you do a search for brush threads in this section, you'll find a ton of them that will answer your question. Also if you look at the main board, you'll find forums by the website's partners, some of which will have brand names listed.

As you didn't say where you are from, the local brand names of brushes will vary from country to country so an artist from say Canada, may have access to brands that are not available to say an artist in France.

I have about 300 odd brushes that I could use on a piece, they are all different and have different purposes. But I do favour the cheap and synthetic Wallack brand brushes - nice handles, nice weight and cheap enough that I can concentrate on the painting part rather than the "whoops have to go easy on my Russian sable brush..."

Do you have a favourite brand?

H20 Base
04-28-2010, 01:11 AM
Hi H2o welcome to Wet Canvas.

If you do a search for brush threads in this section, you'll find a ton of them that will answer your question. Also if you look at the main board, you'll find forums by the website's partners, some of which will have brand names listed.

As you didn't say where you are from, the local brand names of brushes will vary from country to country so an artist from say Canada, may have access to brands that are not available to say an artist in France.

I have about 300 odd brushes that I could use on a piece, they are all different and have different purposes. But I do favour the cheap and synthetic Wallack brand brushes - nice handles, nice weight and cheap enough that I can concentrate on the painting part rather than the "whoops have to go easy on my Russian sable brush..."

Do you have a favourite brand?

I guess i should have done some research on this forum...sorry about that. I'm from San Diego,CA. I don't have a favorite brand..other than anything from Michaels craft stores. I use to use a lot of Kolanski 'Cats tongue"..might have misspelled that. Anyhow, i guess it's time for me to start buying some nice brushes..just to make my art box look nice with new paint tubes and nice brushes. But if money was no object what would you recommend. it's funny how alot of artisits use 100's of brushes and i only use maybe 3 to complete a piece. A liner, a large flat and a filbert #8..that's it.

Dharma_bum
04-28-2010, 05:59 AM
Another consideration - do you want your brush strokes to show, or disappear?

To show, the Bristlon from Silver Brush is very nice - thick, stiff synthetic bristles similar to hog bristle. A little finer would be the Titanium series by Robert Simmons.

Dan

sashntash
04-28-2010, 06:18 AM
It all depends on how you paint... thick or thin... more like oils or more like watercolor or something in between...

For natural hog bristles, I have 2 favorites:
Silver Brush Grand Prix
http://www.dickblick.com/products/silver-brush-grand-prix-super-brushes/

Robert Simmons Signet
http://www.dickblick.com/products/robert-simmons-signet-brushes/


For synthetic hog bristles:
Silver Brush Bristlon
http://www.dickblick.com/products/silver-brush-bristlon-stiff-white-synthetic-brushes/


For a medium stiff brush:
Winsor & Newton Monarch (synthetic mongoose)
http://www.dickblick.com/products/winsor-and-newton-monarch-mongoose-brushes/


For softer brushes:
I have lots of different brands. My favorites change from day to day !!
Some are:

DaVinci Cosmotop Spin (synthetic)
http://www.dickblick.com/products/da-vinci-cosmotop-spin-brushes/

Pro Arte Prolene Plus (synthetic/sable mix) (my current favorite)
http://www.jerrysartarama.com/discount-art-supplies/Brushes-and-Palette-Knives/Watercolor-Brushes/Pro-Arte-Watercolor-Brushes/Pro-Arte-Prolene-Plus-Watercolor-Brushes.htm

Cheap Joes' Golden Fleece (synthetic)
http://www.cheapjoes.com/art-supplies/14294_cheap-joes-golden-fleece-watercolor-brushes.asp

But... every artist will give you a different answer... you just have to experiment and find out what works best for you and your way of painting.

I tried dozens of different brands (buying one brush of each brand) and it took me quite a while to decide on my favorites. There is no substitute for just trying them.....

Einion
04-30-2010, 02:45 PM
i usually use cheap no name brands or as long as it does the job...
Nothing wrong with that up to a point - with synthetics, often people find there's not much difference (in the way they paint) between a cheap one and one that costs many times more.

Longevity should be better for a high-end brand, regardless of brush type, but some cheapies can last well enough that they're well worth considering. As long as a brush doesn't shed hairs frequently, or the brush head become loose (or fall out!) after only a few uses, it might be good enough.

Brush quality aside, if your painting methods or materials are a little abusive on the brush (canvas is a lot more abrasive than paper or board for example) then cheaper brushes might be a better idea as you'll wear out any brush, so no point in buying something expensive.

Was there a particular brush shape (or size) that you were most interested in?

Einion

BeeCeeEss
04-30-2010, 03:27 PM
Currently I love my Master series from Dick Blick's. Their hog bristle brushes, called Blick Master Bristle, and their synthetic mongoose brushes, called Blick Master Synthetic, are superbly made and I love using them.

I've tried various "cheapie" brushes but they shed hairs/bristles on my paintings like a Saint Bernard with mange! Never again.

Beverly