After an intensive testing period, da Vinci introduces a new Russian Blue Squirrel hair "mixed" with a new synthetic squirrel imitation fiber. The result is a highly elastic brush that is more affordable in larger sizes for wash and mop techniques. The thick reservoir of the belly is designed for maximum water holding as this brush lays down softly textured washes. Made in Germany. Available in Sizes 1 to 30.
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I have a small Isabey travel squirrel brush. I thought that since it was such a small brush it somehow necessarily sacrificed quality.
Not so! This brush is very well made. Not a travel brush, but it has become my go-to brush when working on smaller pieces.
I've included two photos. One when it is dried naturally, and another when wet.
I have three of these. One of the brushes came to me damaged. I found it hard to believe that a paint brush, particularly with soft hair, would be mailed without any protection.
The brush was pressed against the box so that the hair had an L shape to it.
I thought it was ruined, but luckily I was able to get it back into its proper shape and working for me as it should.
One of the advantages this brush has over other squirrel hair brushes I have is that the hairs are arranged perfectly, with a plump belly and a sharp tip.
Being that it is small in length, the brush keeps its shape more than my larger squirrel hair brushes.
It performs perfectly, and better than I expected.
The way it holds its shape seems halfway toward what you'd get from a sable brush and the usual squirrel hair brush.
I've never had one work so well for me than this one.
I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Aesthetics: As an artist, you'll benefit from the physical look and feel of da Vinci's Pure Blue Squirrel brushes. The handle shapes and lengths have a wonderful feel. All the brushes in this series have beautiful hand wound bindings,u00a0
If you're a beginner, you may find it unwieldy, so get some practice first, and watch the way experienced watercolorists employ the mop brush, how they stroke, how they allow it to deposit puddles in one spot and skip across another. For more control and precise work, I've been very happy with the Grumbacher Taklon brushes, but to go more loose and expressive with stroke, definitely this mop brush.