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da Vinci Watercolor Series 418 Petit Gris Pur Paint Brush, Wash/Mop Pure Russian Blue Squirrel, Size 2 (418-02)
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- Russian blue squirrel hair is of the highest quality and holds a large volume of water which makes it excellent for mop and wash techniques
- Generously sized and hand shaped, its unique point allows for full strokes across the paper
- Huge reservoir lays down large amounts of water ideal for wash and mop techniques
- Certified green manufacturing with sustainable wood handles, Quill is expertly wrapped with copper wire
- Handmade in germany at our family owned factory since 1890
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da Vinci series 418 russian blue squirrel hair is of the highest quality and holds a large volume of water which makes it excellent for mop and wash techniques. generously sized and hand shaped, its unique point allows for full strokes across the paper. huge reservoir lays down large amounts of water and color, also sometimes called a french watercolor brush.
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I have a small Isabey travel squirrel brush. I thought that since it was such a small brush it somehow necessarily sacrificed quality.
Not so! This brush is very well made. Not a travel brush, but it has become my go-to brush when working on smaller pieces.
I've included two photos. One when it is dried naturally, and another when wet.
I have three of these. One of the brushes came to me damaged. I found it hard to believe that a paint brush, particularly with soft hair, would be mailed without any protection.
The brush was pressed against the box so that the hair had an L shape to it.
I thought it was ruined, but luckily I was able to get it back into its proper shape and working for me as it should.
One of the advantages this brush has over other squirrel hair brushes I have is that the hairs are arranged perfectly, with a plump belly and a sharp tip.
Being that it is small in length, the brush keeps its shape more than my larger squirrel hair brushes.
It performs perfectly, and better than I expected.
The way it holds its shape seems halfway toward what you'd get from a sable brush and the usual squirrel hair brush.
I've never had one work so well for me than this one.
I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Aesthetics: As an artist, you'll benefit from the physical look and feel of da Vinci's Pure Blue Squirrel brushes. The handle shapes and lengths have a wonderful feel. All the brushes in this series have beautiful hand wound bindings, da Vinci 418-5 Pure Blue Squirrel Quill-Petit Gris Pur Watercolor Mop and high lacquer sheen and sloping shaped handles. Holding one in your hand is soooo nice.
I won't say that these brushes completely eliminate the need for a rigger, mainly because I don't have a broad enough experience to make such a statement. But I can tell you that I don't have to find a different brush to complete exquisitely tiny detail. The bristles come to an excellent point, and that point can hold a lot of color.
Let's see... what else? Oh! The way the brush bristles feel as you stroke it onto paper. I don't know how to explain the difference between this and sable or this and squirrel with most excellent synthetic fibers. It feels more flowey.
I've heard that they don't hold up as long as sable or synthetic/squirrel mixes. I don't know that to be true. Frankly, I don't care. Not that I'm rich. I have to save up to get these brushes. Makes them just that more a joy! Art is more than creating a product. It is being present for the creation, These brushes enrich that experience.