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Your brushes: Part 1 - materials! Vote for your favourite type of fur to paint with. Let's discuss their pros and cons! 

32%
76 deviants said Natural - red or kolinsky sable fur
25%
59 deviants said Natural - squirrel, mongoose, goat, ox and other fur
21%
49 deviants said Synthetic - nylon
14%
32 deviants said Synthetic - polyester (Taklon)
8%
18 deviants said Mixed - ex. squirrel with Risslon

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:icongeorgevanyan:
GeorgeVanyan Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student Artist
i use mostly synthetic small round and flat brushes, and bigger synthetic and naturar (squirrel) bigger round brushes. I also love chinese brushes, sponges.

synthetic is better because the nose is much easier to controll, and it holds as much water as you need. it's good when you need to do the details, cause too much water usually spoils it all.

BUT of course there are some works where you need too much water and thats when the squirrel comes into play :) no offenses, but squirrel and other natural brushes are in the past :) except for the chinese ones, still not sure what they're made of))
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   General Artist

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GeorgeVanyan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student Artist
i buy them in an ordinary art store, i'll try to find out their exact name, or how can you find them, cause google didn't find any of those by their name)) quiet strange, i know)))
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:icongeorgevanyan:
GeorgeVanyan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student Artist
sorry for my bad english :)
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GeorgeVanyan Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student Artist
and one more thing, synthetic oil brushes are amazing for big watercolor works, try it, people, you'll love it!
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:iconermelin:
Ermelin Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014   Traditional Artist
I mostly paint Artist Trading Cards, which means I put huge amounts of details on a very small piece of paper. For this task, I prefer "DaVinci NOVA" brushes, as they make it a lot easier to draw very fine details- I once tried natural Kolinski brushes instead and found it very hard.
DaVinci NOVA brushes are synthetic ones, I think the material is Taklon.

However, I don't know if they can be recommended for coloring larger areas, as it seems to me as if they didn't absorb as much water and color as other brushes and I have to dip them into the colors too often, while the paper already dries.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Yay, a fellow DaVinci lover :D I don't paint ATC, but my favourite brush is a DaVinci too. I wish synthetics didn't get as much bad reputation. Those of us who like precision really benefit from them.
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Ermelin Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014   Traditional Artist
Yay! :giggle:
I guess it really depends on style and favorite technique, if synthetic brushes are useful or not. I know at least two other people who wouldn't be able to paint anything without their NOVA brushes.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
:nod:
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   General Artist

Thank You! by RogerKeithBarrett for taking the time to respond to our brushes poll

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:iconermelin:
Ermelin Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   Traditional Artist
In Germany, 'da Vinci NOVA' brushes are sold at almost every art supply store, like "Idee" or "Boesner", as well as in many onlineshops like www.gerstaecker.de for example.

Also, I found them on amazon.com for America: www.amazon.com/Vinci-Series-Co…
(However, it might be a good idea to look for them in other American onlineshops first, as the price on amazon looks quite expensive to me. My brushes cost less than half of this price here.)
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sharlicious Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
I bought many kolinsky sables and squirrels when jacksons brushes were on sale - tried some but haven't used them enough to tell. Have been using waterbrushes most of the time since I'm lazy and have cats in room.
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   General Artist

Thank You! by RogerKeithBarrett for taking the time to respond to our brushes poll

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sharlicious Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Waterbrushes:
Some bought at local stores - random places i see them and also bookstores.
I have bought some online too - taobao, australia's art webshops.

All other watercolour brushes bought at Jacksons - www.jacksonsart.com
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rum-inspector Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Natural for watercolor, definately!

But I do use for sketching and not-that-serious works because I just don't have money to replace those few wonderful Roubloffs I got years ago (they cost like 100€ a brush here! It would almost be cheaper to travel to Russia to buy them than get them in art stores here)
I almost cried when I got to paint with one the first time (teacher lend me one of hers), they are just joy to work with compared to other brands, when you can paint the finest detail and add a chunk of color with the same brush
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   General Artist

Thank You! by RogerKeithBarrett for taking the time to respond to our brushes poll

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 If you could respond to this comment by telling us where you purchase the brushes you mentioned in the poll, we would appreciate it.  If you buy online we would appreciate the link to the seller's website.

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rum-inspector Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
one word missing in the second sentence... I mean I do use synthetic brushes sometimes, it depends on the effect you want, and I wouldn't dare spoiling a soft natural brush in dry brush.
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CatBatArt Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I used to work at an art supply store. Way too cheap for sable. I usually went with general discount synthetics. Materials are nice, but it's how you use them that's important. Weirdly enough, I genuinely like the feel of synthetics. 
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:iconwolf-smith:
Wolf-Smith Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I mostly use synthetic Raphael brushes, because I am very abusive with my brushes.  They have a good snap, keep a perfect tip when wet, and when the tip starts wearing off ( actually thinning, that's how abusive I am)  they are cheap to replace.

My favorite though are khazan mop brushes, hold so much paint...
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   General Artist

Thank You! by RogerKeithBarrett for taking the time to respond to our brushes poll

 We are trying to condense the information received in this poll into a journal so it can be saved by members who want to refer to it more easily.

 If you could respond to this comment by telling us where you purchase the brushes you mentioned in the poll, we would appreciate it.  If you buy online we would appreciate the link to the seller's website.

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:iconflowerfreak:
FlowerFreak Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I wish we could fave Polls. :aww: I use taklon when I can. I know kolinsky sable is supposed to be the best for WC (resilience and spring) but I don't know how the hair is harvested (goes for ox hair and hog bristles too). If it comes down to killing or farming animals just for BRUSHES I'm against it. So I ONLY use synthetic. Nowadays they are just as good. 
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   General Artist
I know what you mean - :nod: I think we'll try to condense the great information received in this poll and publish it in a feature so all our members can save it for future reference :nod:
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:iconflowerfreak:
FlowerFreak Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That would be a great idea. I want to learn more about this, and correct myself where I'm wrong. I do goof. ^^;
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014   General Artist
:blushes: don't we all -
the good thing is - goofs help us grow :nod:
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lunarius-net Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
I use (and adore) Princeton's Neptune watercolour brushes.  They're synthetic, but I like their snap, how they hold water and the way they move pigment more than I do the Escoda Reserva (kolinsky-tajmyr sable) brushes I got as a gift.

Here's the Neptunes at Blick, but Cheap Joes and Jerry's Artarama often have them for even better prices.
www.dickblick.com/products/pri…
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SomniVision Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional
I use a mix of bamboo brushes for ink. The cheap ones are goat and sheep hair but they give awesome texture. I have some horse hair ones and they are great for creating fine smooth lines and can be used with watercolor too!
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   General Artist

Thank You! by RogerKeithBarrett for taking the time to respond to our brushes poll

 We are trying to condense the information received in this poll into a journal so it can be saved by members who want to refer to it more easily.

 If you could respond to this comment by telling us where you purchase the brushes you mentioned in the poll, we would appreciate it.  If you buy online we would appreciate the link to the seller's website.

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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014   General Artist
My watercolor brushes by Cmac13
Here are a list of brushes best used for watercolor and in the description of the image - the brushes I use and why :nod:
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:iconialcor:
iAlcor Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014   Digital Artist
I use Taklon. They're good but I'd prefer synthetic tho'
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Um, Taklon is synthetic...
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   General Artist

Thank You! by RogerKeithBarrett for taking the time to respond to our brushes poll

 We are trying to condense the information received in this poll into a journal so it can be saved by members who want to refer to it more easily.

 If you could respond to this comment by telling us where you purchase the brushes you mentioned in the poll, we would appreciate it.  If you buy online we would appreciate the link to the seller's website.

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:iconcoccis:
Coccis Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Which ever feels good in hand and works for me. I got natural, mixed and synthetic ones, not that I even know which is which. It's the feeling that counts, sometimes softer brush is rather lovely, but I have bad habit of using small brushes so the tip needs to be steady enough. So there is no clear winner for me there. 
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   General Artist

Thank You! by RogerKeithBarrett for taking the time to respond to our brushes poll

 We are trying to condense the information received in this poll into a journal so it can be saved by members who want to refer to it more easily.

 If you could respond to this comment by telling us where you purchase the brushes you mentioned in the poll, we would appreciate it.  If you buy online we would appreciate the link to the seller's website.

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Coccis Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is clearly only for Finnish painters.  

I buy my brushes mainly from Kuopio, when ever I pop in there. I really like Askartelukulma Martikainen Oy. Great customer service and they know what they are selling.  There is an online store www.askartelukulma.fi/ but it's in Finnish only. I don't know if hey ship to other countries since there was no mention about that. 

Other place from where I have bought (once so far) brushes is Taide ja kehys Pekkala in Oulu. They also have online store only in Finnish www.taidetarvikkeet.fi/

I don't buy brushes online personally if I'm not 100% certain that it's the same brush which I already have and have ruined it. I need to feel the brush, touch it and only after that decide if it's right one for me. :)
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I mostly (only??) use synthethic, don't know which one...but I'm very happy with it!
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   General Artist

Thank You! by RogerKeithBarrett for taking the time to respond to our brushes poll

 We are trying to condense the information received in this poll into a journal so it can be saved by members who want to refer to it more easily.

 If you could respond to this comment by telling us where you purchase the brushes you mentioned in the poll, we would appreciate it.  If you buy online we would appreciate the link to the seller's website.

 Again, many thanks for your participation.  It's members like you who make this one of the BEST groups in deviantart.

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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great that you put so much effort into this poll! :)
I purchase mine at local art shops or via internet (german websites)
www.kunstpark-shop.de/
www.idee-shop.de/shop/index.ph…
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:icongoatqueen:
GoatQueen Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
I use Taklon because I'm poor.
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:icongreensprite:
GreenSprite Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
My favourite brush is taklon and I don't use it because I'm poor, but because it's really good :) Just saying.
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   General Artist

Thank You! by RogerKeithBarrett for taking the time to respond to our brushes poll

 We are trying to condense the information received in this poll into a journal so it can be saved by members who want to refer to it more easily.

 If you could respond to this comment by telling us where you purchase the brushes you mentioned in the poll, we would appreciate it.  If you buy online we would appreciate the link to the seller's website.

 Again, many thanks for your participation.  It's members like you who make this one of the BEST groups in deviantart.

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:iconleochi:
Leochi Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Definitely Kolinsky sable brushes. Their prices make one cringe, especially when they get bigger than #4, but the do form the best point IMHO and they hold water better than any other material. My favourites are the Raphael series www.dickblick.com/products/rap…
I've honestly tried to get used to synthetics, but they make me cry with frustration, so I hardly use them with watercolours. The only ones I found acceptable were the Sapphire series by Daler-Rowney www.daler-rowney.com/content/s… They're a blend of synthetic and natural fibres.
Today I've discovered a new series of Aqualon brushes www.greatart.co.uk/Watercolour… that look promising so far. I wouldn't use them for fine details, but they hold water surprisingly well and allow beautiful gradations. They're very fairly priced and you get quite a big brush for a third of the price of a much smaller Kolinsky sable brush.
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Wolf-Smith Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
 :D Raphael brushes are awesome! I have a big mop brush that keeps a perfect tip even when its dry ( no idea how, it just seems to stick to itself :O ) Plus, they aren't too expensive
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Leochi Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
:D They definitely are! The best I've ever had. (Although I do find them to be quite expensive, at least the bigger ones.)
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:iconwolf-smith:
Wolf-Smith Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hah, yeah, I suppose I should have rephrased that to: they aren't too expensive compared to sable brushes that hold the same amount of paint... xD

A size 6 mop brush is something like size 20 round. I was confused when I first ordered one.

I have good experience with Raphael liner brushes as well ( synthetic ones, with those orange fibers, no idea what material that is ). They are certainly not Kolinsky, but I cant afford to to treat my single sable brush the way I am used to treating synthetic ones - like dipping them into neat cadmiums ,cobalts and titaniums and dry brushing vigorously xD
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Leochi Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Ah, yes, I can agree to that. :D

I hardly ever use mop brushes, I prefer regular rounds with lovely pointy tips up to #8, and flats for backgrounds.
Ah, yes, cadmiums. *grins* I cannot say that I like them, I find them too opaque to my taste. As for blues, I'd rather use Ultramarine than Cobalt blue. :D
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014   General Artist

Have you tried Loew Cornell Ultra Round Watercolor/Decorative Brushes Series 7020

You can find them here: www.dickblick.com/products/loe…

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:iconleochi:
Leochi Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Thank you for the suggestion, it's most appreciated.:D
Alas, they hardly sell any US brands here in the EU. I've once paid an arm an a leg for a few tubes of Daniel Smith watercolour (tax and shipping in addition to the colours), so I probably won't buy from overseas again.
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014   General Artist
gotcha - we're pretty spoiled here :nod:
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:iconleochi:
Leochi Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Indeed you are. :)
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014   General Artist
well - some us are - anyway :nod:
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