Brush Encyclopaedia Part 1

St Lukes brush sale ends this saturday november 20th. Get in quick to stock up on your favourites. Here is part one of the St Luke encyclopaedia of brushes, just so you can know what it does and how it works before you buy it.

Ure Sable Brush – Long Handle, Round, Filbert & Flat

Great for smooth brushstrokes in Oil paint, Watercolour and Acrylic. Suited to glazing and photorealist techniques. Long Handle for easel painting.

Pure Kolinsky Sable Brush – Short Handle, Round

Superior quality hair grown in Russia. Hairs are naturally longer enabling a larger amount of paint to be loaded at one time. Great for smooth brushstrokes in Oil paint, Water colour and Acrylic. Suited to glazing and photorealist techniques. Holds shape and retains its point.

Extra Fine Mongoose Hair Brush – Long Handle, Flat Filbert & Round

Great for smooth brushstrokes in Oil paint and Acrylic. Suited to glazing and photorealist techniques. Ideal for moving paint around whilst maintaining the ability to blend and keep paint surfaces smooth. Sits between Sable and Hogs hair as a brush with a mid range of flexibility.

Pure Sable Brush – Round

Essentially an economical watercolour brush. A pure sable brush can be used for fine detail work in oil and acrylic. This brush has good liquid holding capacity and with proper care will hold its shape.

Squirrel Mop – Short Handle

Pure squirrel hair has excellent spring and snap. The Kazan squirrel mop is the best brush for watercolour. This brush enables a smooth transition from fine lines to large washes and it is unsurpassed for its water holding ability.

Bristle Fan Brush

Dry blending brush for oil and acrylic. Uneven marks can be produced when used to paint, making this brush ideal for trees, landscape and hair.

Synthetic – Short Handled Flat, Round & Filbert

Economical brush for watercolour and acrylic. Short handle for working in journals or on the table. Great spring with nylon fibers that last longer than natural hairs if cared for properly as synthetic hair do not wear down. Synthetics can be used for detail on oil paintings but do not have enough resilience and spring to manipulate large amounts of oil paint.

Sable Rigger – Short Or Long Handle

Originally designed to paint the rigging on ship paintings. It is now used to create fine lines. The long length of pure sable hair loads up with paint, making it easier to use than a small round brush. Can be used for detail on oil paintings when the paint/medium combination is very liquid.

Chungking Bristle Brush – Long Handle, Round, Flat & Filbert

Hog hair farmed in Chungking, China. Chungking bristles are renowned for their length, flag, and spring. This is the best brush for oil and acrylic. Paint can be applied quite thickly due to the strength of the hair filaments. A flag or split at the end of the hair enables the brush to load up with paint and hair grown in Chungking has many more flags than regular hogs hair.

Bristle Brush

A traditional Hog hair brush for oil and acrylic painting. Paint can be applied quite thickly due to the strength of the hair filaments. A flag or split at the end of the hair enables the brush to load up with paint.

Etched, Synthetic -Long Handled Flat, Filbert & Round

Synthetic alternative to Hogs hair. Fibers last longer as they can not be worn away with over use. Hairs do not dry out and synthetic brushes hold their shape well with wear.

Fine Hair Mop – Short Handle Plastic Ferral

A beautiful full mop brush of mixed hair. This economical brush is perfect for colouring large areas with gouache or watercolour. Often made from ox, horse goat and the scraps from better quality hair farming.

Dry Blending Brush

Economical mixed hair brush. Best for use as a dry blending brush which can seamlessly fuse paint colours together to make blurry tonal transitions of paint or smooth out lumpy brush work. For use with oil and acrylic or as a budget watercolour mop.

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