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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M. Graham Watercolors: Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
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