Brushes For Your Kit 13th August, 2012

I would like to claim that I’ve used every single brush under the sun to fully write this blog article with 110% conviction, however my budget doesn’t allow for such experimental notions.  So in saying this, this is a review of 3 different brands of a #4 round brush.

By no means am I saying that my opinion is definite, as each brush is unique to each of us painters just as the paints are.  I came across these brushes by means of either reading about it here or there or that a particular brush allows for a different petal shape and thought I had to try it and found some because they housed a well known artist’s name and wanted to use it.

The main painters in my kit are my Loew Cornells and I have Lisa Joy Young to thank for this as it was seeing Lisa Joy Young use the Loew Cornells that got me wanting them, perhaps I was foolish enough to think that if I got the same brushes as her I would be able to paint those exact same wonderful creations that she paints (Erm, this didn’t happen – they weren’t magical as my pea sized brain anticipated . .. I am still a chimp with a brush).

So the four brushes on review are Mark Reids Signature, Royal and Langnickel Soft Grip, Loew Cornell Comfort 3000 and the Loew Cornell 7000.  All of which I have used on Diamond FX’s White, Orange, Metallic Dark Blue, Pink and Violet to paint the flowers, petals and make the dots with.

Flowers, petals and dots painted with four different brushes

Royal and Langnickel’s Soft Grip:

What I love:  I love the soft grip ergonomic section of this brush and the different style of petals that it makes you kind of get a jaggedy edge to it.  Also this is the cheapest out of the four at about £2.50 so a great starting brush.

What I dislike:  It tends to lose its shape quite quickly, I purchased this brush to see what kind of petals I would be able to make with it and I’ve only used it on myself and not out and about in a gig based environment.  I found that the tip struggles to make nice little “filler” dots as well.  Along with it feeling like it struggled to pick up the paint with ease by comparison to the other three as well as move it down along the bristles when you paint.

Brushes washed and shaped

Loew Cornell Comfort 3000:

What I love:   As my kit contains mostly these and  considering the fact that I’ve used them regularly.  For an average priced brush at about £3.80 it is a good little money maker.  They retain their shape relatively well (with care and attention – this applies to the other three as well).  It is also my mostly used brush to date.

What I dislike:  In danger of sounding like a diehard fangirl of Loew Cornells there’s really nothing to dislike about this brush.

Mark Reid Signature:

What I love:  Relatively new to my collection (I’ve had it for a week since writing this blog and have used it a handful of times) it is quite a firm bristle brush, even on washing it, it retained it shape nicely.

What I dislike:  Out of the four, this one is quite expensive retailing for over £5 and like the Royal and Langnickel I found that it does struggle to pick up the paint as fast as the Loew Cornell’s just slightly.

Brushes dried showing the extent of wear

Loew Cornell 7000:

What I love:  This range is slightly more expensive than the Loew Cornell Comfort 3000, but a lovely brush to paint with especially if you find yourself painting scrolls a lot.  I found that for some reason, the bristles are just a fraction longer than the rest, the difference is very minor. But still lends itself to a different feel when you paint with it

What I dislike:  Once again, there’s not really much I can fault with this range of Loew Cornell’s.  I do personally find them a really nice brush to paint with.

This article was written as a personal review on the above brushes I have sampled myself.  In no way shape or form was I commissioned to do this by the companies.

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