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DaVinci Maestro Kolinsky Brushes


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Here's some pics of some size 1 brushes, W&N S7, Da Vinci Maestro & Rosemary & Co series 33.

Funny how I could look at those brushes and pick out which was which. :blink:::P:

 

well, I was going to only show the second image, but though people would like to see the brush handle lengths. Brush p0rn! :rolleyes:

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The brushes I enjoy and will probably never walk away from are the WN Series 7 minis. I use a size 1, 2, 0, 2/0 and 3/0 from that line. I also enjoy the Raphael 8400 series brushes only 3/0. I use this brush for most of my work. It is good for laying down broad layers of paint on most medium humanoid 28mm minis and then has a point fine enough to do small details. I am like derek in that i abuse my brushes but with a bit of soap and brush reshaper I have been able to preserve my brushes for a while.

 

I am trying the dick blick red sable brushes as they are $2.50 a piece. We'll see how they work.

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Brushes are a very personal thing. I am a 100% oil painter. I bought a selection of the Rosemary & Company Series 33 brushes and have been superimpressed with them. The handle is slightly thinner than a W&N Series 7 but still has a good "feel" to it. My personal opinion is that the W&N Series 7 you get today is nothing like the one's we bought 10 years ago. For the price, Rosemary & Company leads the pack.

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Replacement brushes came and none of them had a protector around the bristles! I was very dissapointed to see that but I thought I'd run them through some clean water and see if I couldn't straighten them out. Little water, a few brush strokes on paper, and they snapped right into position. Even got to use them this weekend and really like them a lot :D

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you ordered from dickblick? I did too and my brush was in the same state. Just an FYI if you do ever have an issue with a brush just email them, explain the condition it arrived in and they will send a replacement. I've had to do that before when I got a brush that was badly mangled. They may have issues when things are sent out on occassion but they have great customer service.

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Last time I ordered brushes from Dick Blick, I got one mushed one that shipped without a protector, which all the rest had. I told them about it (and why it was mushed) and they sent another out - still with no protector! Being a single it was packaged in such a way that it wasn't ruined, though. I got to wondering if the brush companies supply the protectors and that one didn't, but it seemed silly not to slap one on the replacement that was sent out. I suspect they'd have gone on sending me replacements until I was happy with one, though!

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yeah Dickblick has always been good about sending replacements. The nice thing is they don't expect you to send the damaged product back so if you get a damaged brush just stick it in your "crud brush" container and use it for drybrushing, laying paint on thick, or whatever have you.

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w00t! I just received my first 3 Da Vinci Maestro Series 10 brushes in the post. I purchased the 000, 0, and 1 sizes from Jackson's Art Supplies in London for about 4 quid apiece and can't wait to try them out tonight. I made the switch from "generic" Kolinsky sable brushes to W&N Series 7 brushes about 5 years ago, so I can't say I'm expecting much of an upgrade but, like a complete fool, I left my beloved W&Ns behind in the States and found myself in the position of having to buy new kit. I'm very glad this forum thread was posted... I can already see why these brushes are so highly regarded!

 

~Off to the painting table~

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