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Tousabella

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on: October 14, 2012, 09:26:18 PM
Dennis.....
I have invested in a mega load of brushes trying to find a decent FIRM flat brush!!  And, one that will hold it's edge.  I cannot even make marks on my paper for water reflections.  I'm so frustrated.  I've bought sooooo many brushes...cheap ones, ones that are synthetic, sable brushes...(I don't know what you use them for)...and none are firm nor hold their edge.  What should I look for?  I know that you and Nolan said not expensive brushes, but...wow...I'm over run with 'non expensive'.  Even good round brushes that hold a point are hard to fine. They won't let you 'wash them' in the store to find out if they will!!  LOL  I have three rounds...cheap ones....Daler Rowney are two of them, and a neat one I got with a paint by number.  I would really like to have, and think I need, a good flat brush.  Help....any suggestions?  LOL
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Reply #1 on: October 14, 2012, 10:40:18 PM
Retta

I have 3 flat brushes that are nice and hold their edges for watercolours:

All are Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour:
  • 6mm / 1/4" 666
  • 13mm / 1/2" 777
  • 19m / 3/4" 777

I think the 666 and 777 are series or model numbers.

They are a synthetic brush.

Have a look at my reflections paintings to see what I can do with them. Also they allowed me to get into the Stralitzia tight corners a-la Dennis' demo.

Dunno if that helps.

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Tousabella

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Reply #2 on: October 15, 2012, 03:22:07 PM
Thanks, Batman.  I'll sure do some 'scouting' and see if I can find them. Sure makes a difference when you KNOW  what a brush is going to do!!
And...thanks on the rolling ruler....have one coming on Ebay. Hope it's the right size.  Will know soon.
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Reply #3 on: October 16, 2012, 08:13:57 AM
I just have a couple of "old" flat oil brushes that I have used in a pinch...really not much good with w/c. Too stiff. I now have one 1/2" Escoda Sable which I love...have only used it twice so far, amazing little brush. I had this one sent in to St. Thomas earlier this year. Couldn't pass it up...it was on sale!  ;D
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