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Ok so I'm hunting down some nice reliable brushes. I found some cheapie value packs that have lasted me months, but I still want to find something that can put out a bit more detail. I was told red sable is what you should look for, any suggestions?
If you're after really, really good quality brushes, you want Windsor and Newton Series 7's, and for detail work I'd suggest a size 1, or for really, really small detail work (eyes, tiny freehand etc), a size 0.
They are pricey, and you will want to treat them very, very well as you won't want to replace them, but if you are nice to them, they are wonderful.
I'd suggest searching this forum for more advice on keeping brushes in good condition.
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Yes the windsor and newtons are very nice! They do cost around $15-$18 a brush but mine usually last around 3-5 years before they get too frazzled to effectively use for detail...
Now compare that to a couple of bucks every few months and you will see that even though you pay more up front you save in the long run...
Key is to keep the paint only at the tip and clean your brushes often so that paint doesn't dry on the bristles... Using a brush conditioner will also help...
For bigger stuff (larger than size 0 ) I usually just use cheap brushes. I have a few bigger synthetic brushes and some with flat bristles which make great "drybrushing" tools... It is always a good idea to get a bigger "round" to use for quick watered down base coats or for painting bigger things like terrain. It is a big time saver and keeps you versitile...
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alright so I should look into a brush cleaner instead of using water then.
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Here's where I got my NICE brushes, at a huge discount! I got the size 2 and 1 and can do all the detail/basing I need with those 2.
Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Pointed Round - BLICK art materials
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I very much like LoewCornell Golden Taklon brushes as well. They're quite durable and hold a good point. I use them particularly for Citadel foundation paint which has a habit of drying and clumping extremely quickly in your brush. I have found the synthetic brush recovers fully from this little faux pas with a bit of bursh conditioner, whereas I am unwilling to let that happen to $15 natural brushes =) It also doesn't help that here in alberta a relative humidity of 40% is a wet day! I have to use a saturated Sta-Wet pallete just to keep paint workable =(
I have to agree with the posts concerning Winsor Newton Series 7's. These are amazing brushes that making painting an absolute joy. I use them exclusively and love them.
I rinse them really good with water, then apply a little Mona Lisa Pink Soap, which is a cleaner, preserver and conditioner, and then rinse them again and it keeps them in tip top shape.
Winsor Newton's are money well spent.
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