So as many of you know by now if you’ve been following this blog. I got a great new job recently, and as a congratulatory present Philippe just bought me the coolest thing on the planet! A travel set with Escoda VERSÀTIL brushes! So yeah… it’s official, I’m a lucky guy!
These brushes are amazing! Philippe took the recommendation of his favorite watercolor painter, Shari Blaukopf, and decided to try these. They’re synthetic versus sable, as he was worried about what happens to the little animals in order to retrieve their hair. But Shari had recommended these as an awesome sable alternative in her Craftsy course.
Philippe also picked up three regular Escoda VERSÀTIL brushes for himself (of course he did! We all know you’re supposed to buy yourself a present when you buy one for your spouse right?). Knowing I liked to keep things compact for my doodlewashing, he got me this fabulous little set of travel brushes!! The silver cases connect to the base to create a full short handle brush, so it’s particularly awesome!
This set is a bit spendy… don’t get me wrong. It’s not something I would recommend to anyone just starting out and nothing I would have ever purchased for myself. But that’s why gifts are so amazing, right?! When he gave it to me it came in a black box the size of a wallet and I assumed it was a wallet (I actually need one!). Opening it revealed… well… a leather wallet (albeit a tad odd for a money holder), so it took me a moment to realize it was actually… the best gift ever!
Okay, enough with the gushing, how well do these babies actually work? Incredibly well. They have an amazing pointed tip for fine details and wonderful absorption and water retention for big washes. Also, they more easily wash clean than the Princeton Snap! brushes I had been using (which I would still suggest when you’re starting out!). While they’re great for watercolor they can also be used for oil and acrylic painting.
Also, if you want to try these, I would recommend buying a couple individual brushes which you can get for a far-reduced price of $10-20 each on Amazon depending on the size. (and if you want this set… don’t buy it yourself. Instead, start dropping hints now to someone who loves you. Christmas is coming!).
Admittedly, I have yet to use them regularly so I’ll be able to review them properly in a few weeks. Okay… so yeah… you caught me. I was just so freaking excited to receive these I had to tell someone who would understand how cool this is! So thanks for listening friends and indulging me. Nobody in my family would be impressed as they don’t doodlewash. And they would probably still be wondering why he didn’t buy me a wallet.
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