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Day 22 – My Favorite Brush

When it comes to my favorite brush, I love my Escoda Versatil travel brushes. I actually rarely paint on the go, but I just adore the compact nature of them, since I don’t have a dedicated studio and still paint on the edge of my kitchen counter each day. And, well, they just look really cool! Though this isn’t something that contributes to the technical function of the brush, it definitely contributes to the emotional appeal and makes me happy to reach for them each day. I think that’s an important and sometimes overlooked aspect when choosing art supplies. You’re more likely to use them regularly if they just make you happy. This is not my current case, however, as I have the 6 piece set with case that Philippe bought for me. I sketched instead the case I want for Christmas (in 2 colors) since I really only use sizes 2-6 regularly and would like a case for just those three. But since I reach for the size 6 most of all, and have even bought a replacement once (I’m terribly rough with my brushes and will often kill the point), that’s the one that I guess would qualify as my current favorite.

I should note for anyone interested in the 3-pack case of these brushes, it’s a nice choice and includes a juicer Size 10 in the mix along with my coveted Size 6. I never paint very large so my current 10 doesn’t get much use, but for others it would be a perfect choice. That said, these brushes are excellent, but pricey, so for anyone just starting out, I always recommend Princeton Snap! brushes as they have the same cool factor and emotional appeal, great quality, at a very affordable price. For me, I just love the function of travel brushes and even if I’m not setting off across the country, I tend to always choose them first. There’s currently an awesome thread going in Doodlewash Club on travel brushes that you should definitely check out! One of the options shown is an Italian set in a wooden box, that might also be on my holiday list this season. Jessica reviewed another great travel brush option from Cheap Joe’s here. There are many technical aspects that others are better explaining with brushes, but I can say that if you love the tools you use, you’ll be more likely to use them. And that’s really the most important thing of all!

And if you’re looking for some new art supplies to love today, you’ve come to the right place. For this post, I’m giving away 9″x12″ blocks of Stonehenge Aqua from Legion Paper (this one is for U.S. residents only) to the first 10 artists who haven’t yet gotten one of these! Simply reply below with “I Love Art Supplies!” and let me know what style of paper you’d prefer, hot or cold pressed. Also, if you commented on the last post for these, it’s possible you might have won one, but I haven’t received your address yet, so please remember to check my responses on these, and let me know where to send it! It’s so much fun to get new art supplies. I still have a little stack of ones that I’ve yet to use. They’re sitting there like little gifts, waiting to be unwrapped. One day, when I have more time, they’ll get the attention they deserve. Until then, I’m quite content sitting down each evening for my little routine, and happily reaching for my favorite brush.

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66 thoughts on “Day 22 – My Favorite Brush

  1. I love art supplies! Charlie, I am still looking at your posts daily, and I find great hope in realizing your have only been painting with watercolors for two years. However, my hope is tempered with by the belief you must have “done” art in some fashion before picking up your brush and paints!

    1. Thanks so much, Jakki! 😃💕 And yes, I actually have an art degree, but it was for computer animation of all things. I’ve only taken one painting class in my life, in acrylics, and I was rubbish at it! So put down my brush in college and didn’t pick one up again until 2 years ago. And yay! I’ll have some hot press paper sent your way!

  2. I think i am already on your list for the paper but like to say, I love art supplies too. That is a really a
    nice looking set of brushes you have. You really know how to shadow to get just the right look and make your paintings look so real. Love it.

  3. How fun that you would talk about these today, Charlie! I just ordered two sets this morning because of your recommendation I had read (somewhere here from you) a few weeks ago! 😃

    I can’t travel very well so I will content myself with these … for now. lol

  4. I LOVE art supplies! 😀 I have never tried hot press and hear so much about the differences. One of your recent guest artists had the most amazing demo regarding the different ‘papers’! Sorry I can’t remember her name at the moment…it is in my Notes!

  5. i love art supplies but I am way too late for this one. Thanks for all the info about travel brush sets, Charlie.

    Did you see the eclipse yesterday? My grandson told me that he cried with the enormity of what he got to be part of on his twelfth birthday. You often write about the little things that mark our childhoods but for the grands, yesterday was a huge event and they were right at the center of it all.

    1. Yep… just a wee bit late, but more samples coming! hehe… and yes!! I talked about seeing the eclipse in yesterday’s post, but Play-Doh was an odd illustration for it! Lol (there was an eye the day before that would have been better!) So cool your grandson got to celebrate his birthday with one! Awesome!! 😃💕

    1. Thanks so much, Darlene! 😃💕 Yeah I really love these, but tried to include links to other options above… It’s just so much easier to store the brushes and if you do actually travel with them, then it makes perfect sense! hehe

  6. My favourite brushes get packed away every time I turn off my computer but with all the settings intact.. I know a lot of artists say it’s not real art but ArtRage and Gimp have produced some fine work for me.

    1. That’s the most compact set of brushes there are! 😉 I think real art is something that everyone defines a bit differently. Many wouldn’t call my little sketches true art, but illustrations, as though that’s something different. I say as long as you made it yourself… it’s art!

    1. Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Yeah I really love these brushes! And that’s so wild… I’d honestly never heard of Mimik, but Robin mentioned it in her post today. And you love it too! Now I definitely want to try it!!

  7. I fell in love with my Da Vinci 1503 travel brushes the instant I bought them. I never would normally have splurged on such expensive sable brushes but I had noticed that all sable brushes were disappearing. I researched it and it was because there was a freeze in importing them, the animals were now endangered and import had stopped indefinitely. I panicked, I knew some day I’d upgrade to good brushes but I was afraid I’d never get them now so I jumped and bought what I wanted. Now the import has been lifted and we’re resplendent in sable brushes again but I have gorgeous brushes I probably would never have bought. It changed my painting, much improved it. Win-Win I say.

    1. Definitely a win-win!! If you love the tools you use, you’ll make more and better things for sure!! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m pleased to see that the synthetic versions keep advancing. There are so really great options! So all won’t be lost!

  8. I love art supplies! Cold pressed – and that paper sounds very interesting. I love your painting Charlie – you never cease to amaze me!

  9. What led you to go with a synthetic rather than a sable? (I’ve got a set of daVinci travel brushes in sable that I use pretty much all the time, bought when I was still rigid about drinking the Natural Fibers Only koolaid, but have since heard a lot of compelling talk about synthetics.)


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