Never underestimate Paint Brushes
So I have a new series in the works – it’s a bit of a departure from my norm of abstract. I truly love the organic nature of creating abstract art. At the same time, I am also pretty psyched about my newest series in the works. They are fun representational works painted on large canvases. Between painting more realistic AND the larger canvases, it is taking a longer time to complete each piece. I am loving it though! It feels purposeful….
But the real reason
I’m writing today is to discuss paint brushes. I have a whole slew of brushes for acrylic and oil and another slew of them for watercolor and inks. For some reason I cannot resist going into an art store and not picking up at least one more brush to add to the arsenal! Last time I bought brushes, they were having a huge sale on Escoda brushes and I stocked up! Seriously though, I think I brush addiction – but that’s another story…
Some of my favorite brushes for acrylic painting were the Catalyst Polytip bristle by Princeton. I love the bounce in these brushes! After about a year though, the tips started splaying! 🙁 I’m not the only one to have this issue with them, so I wrote Princeton and included some photos of the problem.
Pretty quickly, I received a reply from the owner of Princeton Art, who promptly sent me a replacement set of the Catalyst Polytip AND a new set of their 6300B series brushes to try. Amazing, the quick response; not a canned response either, this was someone genuinely concerned and ACTED to make it right! I agreed to not use the Masters Brush cleaner on the new Catalyst Polytips and report back after a year or so. Instead of The Masters Brush Cleaner and Preserver, I’ve been using Murphys Oil Soap on them. Here it is nearly a year later and the Catalyst brushes are holding up beautifully.
I think it may have been the Masters Brush Cleaner that tore them up. Regardless, I fell in love with the 6300B Series Brushes that he included. And they have held up nicely too, the brights are still holding a fine edge and I couldn’t be happier!! Now they are one of my favorite brushes! I’m also a fan of the Silver Bristlon brushes too, it all depends on if I’m using acrylic or oil – and these are at the top of my list for acrylic and oil mediums.
Now for the Bad
One brush that has fallen from grace with me is the Grumbacher Gainsborough Series, what a disappointment. I inherited a Grumbacher Gainsborough brush from my friends mom. It was an old #10 Bright, it’s still one of my faves and holds a buttload of paint too! So, I bought some new ones since I liked this older one so much. Well apparently they don’t make them like they used to. They must be relying on their name, because the quality of the new ones SUCK (the brights do anyway) they are thin and don’t hold much paint. I bought 3 of these, and of all the brushes in my arsenal, these are the biggest losers. Seriously – do yourself a favor and skip this series altogether….
In closing let me just say that if you are using the Catalyst Polytip brushes for acrylic painting, you might want to skip using The Masters Brush Cleaner and Preserver on these and use some liquid soap or Murphy’s oil soap instead.
Do you have a favorite brush for oils or acrylic, let me know?