My unicorn brushes (and lots more brush stuff)!

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This topic contains 6 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  Kristen Deem 1 year, 3 months ago.

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     Lisa Spangler 
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    @lisa-spangler

    Hi all! A friend is just starting to get into watercolor and asked me what brushes I use — so many people have asked me that actually. I guess it’s like our handshake right? 🙂

    Anyhow, I finally got around to writing up a blog post about my brushes and would love any of feedback!

    Watercolor Brush Comparison (and my unicorn brushes!)

    Here’s my unicorn brushes!

    My unicorn brushes

    • This topic was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by  Lisa Spangler.
    #139673
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    Great review! I’ve got some brushes on my wishlist!

    #139859
     Lisa Spangler 
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    @lisa-spangler

    Thanks, @sandra-strait! I was a bit nervous putting my list out there but then I thought why not!? 🙂

    #139860
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    I think it all helps.  There are so many choices and people have such a wide difference in taste.  The more you learn about what people like, and why they like that particular thing, the easier it is to understand what you like yourself.

    #142316
     Kristen Deem 
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    @kristen

    <p style=”text-align: left;”>Hi Lisa, i really appreciated your thoughtful review since I am a beginner. I bought myself a size 6 Isabey brush for my birthday but i have been frustrated with it because unless it’s sopping wet, it won’t hold a point. The top frays open. I’m not sure if its me because I’m new/learning and may be doing things wrong or if i somehow got a bad brush. Your review made me think it should hold its point very well, even if slightly dry? Have you had this problem? Thanks!</p>

    #142324
     Lisa Spangler 
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    @lisa-spangler

    Hi Kristen,

    When my brushes start misbehaving the first thing I do is wash them with a brush cleaner — I use Master’s Brush Cleaner. I think of it as them having a bad hair day! Also sometimes when they are new brushes have sizing in them to help keep them together during shipping and that can make them misbehave as well — so they get a good cleaning with Master’s again. For really stubborn brushes I will load them up with the Master’s brush cleaner and shape them into a point, then let them dry overnight and rinse them out really well in the morning.

    Also, when brushes are really sopping wet I usually flick them hard in the air to shake some of the water off and then they snap to a point.

    Hope that helps!

    #142325
     Kristen Deem 
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    @kristen

    Thank you, Lisa! I will give it a try.

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