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I recently went to Micheal's Arts and Crafts to look at the different Brush sets they had there.
I was wondering if anyone has any Advice on specific Brushes/Brush sets that have worked well for you.
I'm basically concerned about 3 Main Areas.
1. Brush Size and Type (i.e. 0/0, Flat Brush)
2. Brush Brand name quality
3. Brush Function (i.e. Dry Brush, Detail Brush)
Right now I have a Lowe Cornell Brush set that I bought for about 7.99. It includes mostly Round Brushes 10/0, 3/0. 1,3,4 and 6. And 2 Liner Brushes, Liner 10/0 and Liner 1.
I also have a few older brushes, some of which have been destroyed by Dry-Brushing...so I try to use those from try brushing...but they're so cheap and trashed they sometimes leave a very dry and scratchy paint stroke effect.
Anyways. Please give me your opinions and reccomendations
Winsor & Newton Series 7 and EM4 kolinsky sable brushes
are extremely good brushes
Where do I find those and how much do they cost?
And also, do I need a Flat brush, or are different sizes of Round Brushes okay?
I was looking for something a bit cheaper. I got what I think is a decent Brush set for about $8 USD. I just want to make sure it's not missing something crucial like a Flat Brush.
Basically, I want to know the brushes that every painter should have to make things easier.
I know people well boo at me for saying this, but I have the 3 piece paint brushes from GW. They've been great for me and I've take care of them too so they've lasted over a year now. good stuff imho.
single brush sets are too expensive as the 3 piece i got was only 16 dollars as oppose to like 7-8 dollars seperately
Windsor newton series 7 from dickblick.com are not that expensive. They make GW brushes seem like pubic hair glued to a chopstick. I purchased mine over a year ago and they still have a perfect tip. Also buy the Windsor Newton brush cleaner and use regularly. Sizes 000, 00 and 0 seem to cover all the bases for small mini's (not tanks).
"Stainless Steel whippy sticks of death"
The W&N are rather expensive, but in the long term they are worth that extra bit spent on them. I got given mine by a generous friend, and they have yet to loose their point at all. If you don't want to spend that amount of money on a single brush (and its understandable why you wouldn't) then make sure your brushes are pure sable - the synthetic ones have a habit of curling badly. Just make sure to wash them and look after them, they will do you well. For sizes, I would say 1, 0 and perhaps a 00 would be good enough for most jobs on a miniature.
I like GWs brushes, got mine in the old mega paint set 4 years ago, and they are still ok.
i dont piant an extreme amount but i take care of them and its only now that i need some new ones.
For low-cost value, GW brushes are very good, if you take good care of them.
From GW, I like the Standard Brush, Large Brush, Small Drybrush and Small Flat Drybrush.
If you want to splash the cash, W&N S7s are amazing.
I've had mine for several years, and although my size 1 is starting to loose it's point, it has done *a lot* of work over that time.
If you take good care of them, they should last for at least 4 years.
I normally use a size 2, and a 1. I also own a 0, 00, and 000, although I have only used the last 2 once (they are just too small to be useful for me, to be honest... They just don't hold enough paint).
The 2, 1 and 0 are all awesome.
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