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Rounds are the CLASSIC BRUSHES of fine art painting. They are used in painting landscapes, florals, portraits, and just about any subject. Large rounds are great for laying in color while small rounds are indispensible for painting detail. Many artists choose to use rounds exclusively while others prefer flats, or a combination of different shapes. A good round brush, such as a sable or kolinsky, will consistantly spring back to a fine point and provide a controlled flow of color. With practice, it can be used to create varied and interesting strokes.


Spotter brushes are similar to rounds, but have much shorter hair lengths. Upon leaving the ferrule, the hair immediatly comes to a fine point. The shorter hair doesn't flex and so can be used to place a small dot of color accurately. The name originated in photography processing where it is used for eliminating dust spots. It is also used extensively in miniature painting.


These spotter brushes are the same as our 1A traditional spotters except for their shorter handles. Short-handle/short-hair brushes are preferred by Dental Lab workers for ceramic buildup. They also are used by Miniature Painting artists who prefer not to be burdened by a long handle while painting.


The rigger or 'script' brush is similar to a round but with much longer hair. Its name is derived from its use in painting the rigging of sailing ships. It is ideally suited to this job, as well as electric lines, telephone wires, etc., because of it's ability to make long fine strokes without running out of color. It is also indispensible for painting tree branches and general calligraphy. With practice, it can be flexed and lifted to create strokes that taper to fine lines.


The liner is a round brush with hair length between a round and a rigger. It is used in the same way as a rigger where the extra length is not essential or where less flexing is desired.


A lettering brush has a round ferrule like the liner, but the end of the hair is shaped flat instead of pointed. It is very similar to a one-stroke brush.


The short chisel brush has a round ferrule and flat tip like our lettering brush, but with shorter hair length. The shorter hair results in a much sturdier brush and a stronger snap. The Short Chisel is made with a fine red sable hair that provides body and strength. However, we also offer the short chisel in the softer kolinsky hair. This legendary brush is a real classic work-brush as described by Don Jusko. You must see his website... Don's website1 Don's website2


The designer brush is exactly the same as a round but with longer and more pointed hair. This extra-length/finer-point feature appeals to many fine artists who value this brush highly.


The one-stroke is long flat brush is used for long sweeping strokes in watercolor. It is identical to the traditional flat brush used in oil painting. As its name implies, it holds a lot of color and can make a long stroke without reloading. Also, it flexes and is a favorite among many artists for that reason.


The bright is a flat brush similar to the one-stroke or flat, but much shorter. The hair of a bright is approximately the same length as its width. It doesn't flex as the one-stroke or flat does and consequently is better for shorter, more controlled strokes. In watercolor, it is sometimes referred to as an 'aquarelle brush'. We make a kolinsky bright in a two-inch size, and we are very proud to be the only supplier (at this time) of this stunning brush! In oil, it is the traditional brush for impasto painting.


The oval-wash brush is like a one-stroke except that the end of the hair is rounded instead of flat. It is similar to the filbert brush used in oil painting. The oval-wash can be used freely to make bold sweeping strokes without having to keep it in a vertical position. This shape is very popular with both watercolor and oil painters.


The egbert brush is a filbert, but with longer hair. It has the advantage of holding more color, and it flexes. Its relationship to a filbert is like that of a flat to a bright.


This brush has the traditional filbert shape, but its hair is quite short. It doesn't flex as much as a filbert and may be used to place short strokes more accurately.


This is a flat brush similar to the one-stroke, except that the end of the hair is shaped to a point instead of straight across. It is an extremely versatile brush and can be used to make almost any type of stroke! Our kolinsky cat-tongue has become famous over the last few years, receiving great acclaim from many fine artists.


The slant-shader is a flat brush with a slanted end instead of a straight- across end like the bright or one-stroke. It provides a better view of the stroke in-process, and can be used creatively to make variable- width strokes. It is very popular with flower painters.


The fan brush uses a special ferrule that spreads the hairs into a thin layer to form a fan shape. It has two main uses. In watercolor, stiff hog bristle is used so that the individual hairs leave separate strokes on the paper. Consequently, clumps of grass or scrub can be made with one or two strokes. Soft-hair fans, such as our kolinsky fan, can be used to soften edges in both watercolor and oil painting.


Flat-handle brushes provide an excellent alternative to round-handle brushes in wide sizes. They have flat stainless steel ferrules, resemble house painting brushes, and are quite comfortable to use. Our BROADSTROKE is an excellent example of a flat-handle wash brush. It is made with the finest synthetic hair - length between a bright and a one-stroke - providing a 'knife edge' for the accurate placement of strokes. Our LIGHT OX VARNISH, also a flat-handle brush, is excellent for varnishing or mottling.


Our stippler is a short-handle round with short ox hair that is slanted at the end like a slant-shader. It is used to used to produce special effects by 'dabbing' instead of 'stroking'. The small random shapes in the shadows of a tree trunk or shadows in rough shubbery are examples of its use.


The traditional Oriental hake is a short flat brush made with goat hair and a flat handle. Our hake is similar, but with a round handle and the finest Irish goat hair. It is used as a general wash brush and leaves minimal hair tracks.


A mop brush is typically round or oval, and domb-shaped. It is similar to a traditional cosmetic brush. Squirrel mops are very soft and hold lots of water or color. They are mainly used in watercolor to carry water or color to the paper. Mops are also used to soften or blend colors already laid down. Pony-hair mops, also used in cosmetics, make a superior blending brushes. Our Badger-hair blender mop is especially soft and is excellent for blending in oil painting.


This is a round pointed brush made of the finest blue-squirrel hair. The ferrule is made of a plastic quill instead of the the usual metal to avoid breaking the very fine hair. The hairs come to a fine natural point, leave no hair tracks, but do not spring back as kolinsky hairs do. This brush is used extensively in silk-dye painting.


The dagger-striper is flat in the shape of a knife or dagger. It uses the very finest squirrel hair - Kazan squirrel - to provide an extremely soft brush for painting lines or stripes in fine art or automotive striping. In watercolor, it can be used to achieve very creative effects by pulling the brush around, and also by pulling it sideways.


These brushes are made with Sable hair that is firmer than our watercolor and oil-painting Sables. This assures that the points of our Special rounds - the Series 17 Long-Pointed Round and the Series 17A Firm-Pointed Round - are sufficiently supported. Dental Laboratories use these brushes to 'sculpture' ceramic teeth, but they also can be used by watercolorists where an exceptually long and/or firm point is desired.


This brush is similar to our Red Sable Round but with an extremely long point that tapers to a few hairs. It is used by dental technicians to build ceramic teeth. The fine Sable hair is a bit stiffer than Kolinsky giving the long point more support. It carries a large load and can be be used to place a fine point accurately. Watercolorists also might find this long-pointed brush very useful in some applications.


This Swiss Ox Liner is a very special brush! It has extremely long hair (2 1/4" long) and a flattened end (not pointed). Fantastic strokes and designs can be created with this brush using the techniques developed by Diana Marta, extraordinary artist and teacher.