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A good paint brush is like any good tool. It
makes getting the job done easier. A good paint brush helps lay
the paint down without having to beg it off or losing
the stroke. Paint brushes
are manufactured to meet the characteristics required
for the type of paint being used. We carry two lines of specialized
paint brushes, which are Da Vinici paint brushes and
Kolinsky paint brushes .
and acrylic paint brushes need to hold the
paint, but when laid down on the painting surface,
it needs to let it go easily. These
brushes need to hold their shape, not lose hairs, and
clean up easily. With
proper care a good paint brush can last for years.
color paint brushes need to hold a lot
of water in the body of the brush while maintaining
a sharp edge. Good watercolor paint brushes “snap” back
to shape after the completion of a stroke.
Popular for their water-holding capacity, the Da
Vinci Cosmotop Spin paint brushes contain a blend of five
different diameters of extra smooth synthetic hair.
These hairs are sorted, and then given to a master
brush maker who hand shapes the Cosmotop Spin. The
thicker hair is placed on the outside and the thinner
hair in the middle to ensure high color absorption
while maintaining a fine point, stable shape, and excellent
snap. The handles of these brushes are shaped for maximum
painting control. The ferrule is rust resistant because
it is seamless brass coated with nickel plate. My customers
have fallen in love with these.
Expertly shaped, and defined as the highest grade
of red sable hair from Siberia, Kolinsky
Red Sable paint brushes are unmatched for snap, resiliency, color
and water carrying capacity and their ability to hold
a sharp edge or point.
Vinci watercolor travel brushes are perfect
for the artist on the go. Each travel brush comes with an indestructible
outer casing that fits into watercolor travel sets. Casings have ventilation
hole so that brushes dry properly.
Acryl brushes are constructed with five different diameters of extra
strong and extra smooth synthetic bristle. They are extra stiff with
a precise snap which makes them excellent for heavy body acrylics or
Vinci Red Sable Oil brushes have both great resilience
and softness. Mainly used for spreading color thinly
and evenly. Red Sable hair has excellent color-carrying capacity and
is great for detail work or delicate blending.
Sable Oil Brushes are slightly stiffer and more rugged than Red
Sable brushes. Its stiffness allows for bristle like strokes, only smoother
without marking the paint layers. Perfect for delicate blending and smoothing
out ridges, it is a favorite among portrait and realist painters.
Da Vinci Junior Art Brushes
For the junior or beginning artists da Vinci Junior
art brushes have a reinforced brush head that will always hold a good
point or edge. This brush is popular with craft artists and hobbyists,
as well as teachers and students. The most noticeable difference between
these and the higher quality brush is the handle is not laquared.
Keeping your paint brush clean adds years to its
life. There are several good brush cleaners on the market which
not only clean but condition the hairs. I recommend the following
technique: Immedialty after painting wipe excess paint off brush, then
use the appropriate solvent (warm water for acrylic and water colors,
turpentine for oil brushes) rinsing thoroughly. Then wash well
with vegetable base household soap or brush cleaner, making sure all
soap is completely gone before storage. If you are storing the
brushes for a lengthy period be sure to put camphor in the box so the
moths won’t gobble up your brushes.
Always store your paint brushes horizontally or
with the hairs up.