One year of using Blick’s Masterstroke Interlocking Bristle Brushes
Illustrator, Artist, & Incurable Doodler
Some of the paintings that created this year using these brushes – and one shot of the least twisted Filbert brush that I ended up keeping for less detailed work.
For Christmas this year I asked for some new brushes from a highly rated bush company in England called Rosemary & Co. and I actually got some (Mom is the best!) I am really looking forward to trying them out! I got brushes from their Evergreen and Ivory Lines.
I switched brands for a few reasons – I wanted some different things out of my brushes this time – shorter handles which are better for Plein Air painting, and I am also looking to move away from real hair brushes. I was looking into sable brushes when I started reading more about the brush industry in general and I decided that when there are so many great synthetic options available, I don’t really need to buy real hair/fur brushes anymore. To this day, some of my favorite brushes of all time were synthetic Princeton Royals (sadly discontinued) that I only ended up disposing of because their handle coating had apparently reached the end of its lifespan and they all became sticky simultaneously. That was a sad day… I look forward to letting you know how they perform – check in next week and I’ll give you my first impressions!