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Brushes are a very important element in painting, so it is worth buying the best quality that you can afford. A good paintbrush requires a generous middle "belly" capable of holding plenty of color, yet releasing the paint slowly and evenly. The brush should also have a good point or "edge well." The best brushes have a seamless nickel-plated ferrule, which has strong resistance to corrosion. All Connoisseur brushes are made with nickel-plated ferrules. Cheap brushes are a false economy; they don't perform well and wear out quickly.

When Selecting The Best Brush For A Project, Consider:

  • The properties of your paint/media: Thicker paint = stiffer brush. Thick paint requires a stiff brush that can hold and move the color easily. Paint that's been thinned requires a softer tuft that will act as a reservoir, and fluid paint requires a brush with flow control for long, even strokes.
  • The properties of your surface: Is it smooth, rough, or textured? How absorbent is it? What is it made of?
  • Technique and style: The desired and final effect. Do you want a smooth finish or would you prefer your strokes to show?
  • Handles: SHORT HANDLES are excellent for watercolors, and for most craft and hobby applications, when working at a table or flat surface. LONG HANDLES are excellent for Oil and Acrylics.

Brush Hair:

  • Kolinsky Sable: Premium natural hair for water media brushes. Connoisseur Kolinsky brushes feature the longer, more resilient hairs of the arctic-hardy male Kolinsky Marten.
  • Red Sable: Used when oils or acrylics have been thinned to a watercolor-like consistency.
  • Squirrel: A fine, springy hair makes it ideal for watercolor applications as it has a trememdous capacity to hold a large amount of fluid paint.
  • Badger: Softer than hog bristle, and has no peer for blending oils or acrylics. Badger hair is conical, with a belly close to the tip.
  • Gold & White Taklon: Synthetic bristles are specially processed to resist strong solvents without destroying the texture and fiber of the filament. Interlocked construction and chiseled tips provide excellent resiliency. After each stroke the brush "pops" back into shape for a perfect next stroke. Synthetics are the perfect alternative on rough surfaces, giving excellent control with minimal brush strokes.
  • Hog Bristle: The best choice for oil and acrylic brushes due to their resiliency, and flagged or split ends. Flags help carry more color on the brush tuft, and apply it evenly to the surface.
  • Goat: Possesses good absorbency with a soft wiry feel.

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