Pure Squirrel Hair handles and points as well as Kolinsky and Red Sable but has very little ‘snap’ because the hair isn’t very resilient. Nevertheless an absorbent hair ideal for watercolour, inks and dyes, glass silk and porcelain painting. The Russian Squirrel Hair I use is superior in quality to Canadian and fashions a more professional brush. ‘Kazan’ being brown squirrel hair and ‘Sacamena’ the blue!
This beautiful Squirrel blended brush has been created by Jean & Rosemary working together to achieve a wonderful result. Everything has been taken in to consideration to make a mop which points, holds a lot of liquid and sweeps across the paper in Jeans’ style, the handle is balanced to feel perfect in the artists hand. As with any large ‘new’ brush rinse out the setting agent well before first use. This is a must for your collection.
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Originally made using a birds quill, nowadays a soft pliable yet durable polypropylene is used to house the brush head. This style of brush has become popular over the last decade with watercolourists who like expressive and loose work. Offers a massive liquid carrying capacity and must be thoroughly wet to work. Also popular for Chinese style strokes. I also make the rounded domed version of this brush for French Polishers. This style of brush is very different to use than a conventional ferrule construction.
These French Polisher's mops are a beautiful addition to our squirrel range. They are constructed in the classical way, wire bound and mounted on black lacquered wood handles. The balance is perfect. The best quality Russian squirrel hair we use has been selected for quality and uniformity. Although traditionally used for French polishing, watercolourists will love them too for washes and glazes. They hold a lot of liquid. A softer edge will be an advantage for washes and clouds – give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.
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A beautiful brush particularly for water colour and thinned down acrylic. Squirrel mixed with a little magic – carries a good amount of fluid allowing plenty of flow. A flick of the brush will create many different marks as shown. Sometimes referred to as a ‘Pyramid’ brush.
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Pure Squirrel hair points as well as Kolinsky and Red sable but has very little snap because the hair isn't very resilient. Popular for loose style work and 'wet on wet'. A flat body with good density of hair acting as a great reservoir. The tip useful for non-specific detail.
Pure Squirrel hair points as well as Kolinsky and Red sable but has very little snap because the hair isn't very resilient. Soft and delicate with a short visible length of hair. In watercolour handy for smaller areas where control of minimum quantities of paint is important. Worked 'semi dry' will 'stipple'. In oils and acrylic ideal for blending.
The Red Sable Extended points, sometimes called a reservoir brush because of its capability to hold an immense amount of water. The centre made from pure sable which acts as a precise rigger with the squirrel hair on the outer. Popular with many watercolour artists who may struggle with a normal rigger, the bulbous squirrel allows for more stability. The reservoir brushes have also proved popular amongst oil artists for signing.