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Paint brushes

Discussion in 'General Figure Talk' started by brian, Jun 30, 2021.

  1. brian A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Hi Guys
    I've been painting figures/busts for over 30 years and i've always used W&N series 7,or Raphael 8404 brushes,and although i reckon these are the best,the cost is just getting crazy.Can anyone recommend a cheaper brush ,either natural hair or synthetic.I'm not painting as much as i used to,so long lasting is not an issue.A brush that will hold it's point for 1 or 2 figures would do fine.
    Brian
  2. DEL A Fixture

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    Scotland
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  3. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    Rosemary and Co Series 33 and 22 are worth a try as well

    Nap
  4. Helm A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    I'll second Rosemary and Co, I use these https://www.rosemaryandco.com/pure-kolinsky-pointed and there's a bloke who makes them that Steve (Valient) knows who does really nice ones, if you drop him a pm I am sure he can give you the chap's email. AFAIK he doesn't have a site. I pick them up at shows off him and they're top quality.
    Steve
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  5. Hawk_Uk PlanetFigure Supporter

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  6. Forté Well-Known Member

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    United-Kingdom
    I use Rosemary & Co but I save the kolynski sable brushes for the more controlled and detailed painting. I go for the cheaper sable and synthetic for the donkey work.

    BrokenToad are a good alternative too.

    I also try not to use pointed round brushes for everything too. Sometimes a flat or filbert is better suited.
  7. brian A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Thanks lads for your info,much appreciated no.
    Brian
  8. William Scotts New Member

    Hi Brian, There is a shop called The Range,they have paint brushes in their crafts section.The ones I use are Royal and Langnickel.You get a pack of 10 for £7.99,4 flat and 6 ordinary.They are a torquoise colour and are good for general painting.The small ones are good for painting eyes on a bust and if you give them a good clean they should last a while.I only have 1 good series 7 and it only gets used occasionally.Cheers, W.
  9. Babelfish A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Not tried their brushes but The Range is a useful place for picking up various hobby-related nick-nacks.

    - Steve
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  10. Babelfish A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Well done Del .... you just cost me fifty-eight quid LOL!

    Thought I'd take a punt on those brushes at that price, and ended up buying a few paints and other bits to take advantage of their free UK postage on orders over 50 quid offer.

    Useful share now bookmarked, cheers.

    - Steve
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  11. DEL A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Let's hope whoever reads this follows the thread :D and doesn't jump to the wrong conclusion...........
    I'm way more expensive :ROFLMAO:
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  12. Dejan New Member

    Country:
    Australia
    I'm in the same boat as you in regards to W&N series 7 and 8404's but rosemary and co are my go to for base coating and basing brushes.
  13. Henk Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I'm very impressed with my brushes from Broken Toad. I've used the MkIII Kosinski ones for just about all my painting (save drybrushing and weathering..:woot:), and they are still in superb shape. I also second d the shout for the Range, they stock several series of Windsor and Newton, apart from the No.7 series, and I use the Artist and Professional ranges a lot as my heavy duty brushes. They lack the finesse of the Kolinsky hair, but last a long time. And I can be quite hard on my brushes..

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