Happy 2012 everyone—yes, it’s almost here—and I hope that your New Year is filled with love, laughter, and lots of painting time! For twenty years, the editorial team at Paintworks has brought their readership top-of-the-line, cutting-edge art projects! I have looked forward to each and every issue, and want to take a moment to say, “Thank you to the Paintworks editorial team for your passion and devotion to our art form.” In honor of this 20th Anniversary, here are 20 specialty brushes that are favorites among our top-talented artists.
Royal & Langnickel Louise Jackson Double-Ended (long handle) (Series LJ-DOUBLE-ENDED)
Royal & Langnickel Louise Jackson White Taklon Filbert (Series LJ475)
Royal & Langnickel Louise Jackson Gold Taklon Short Filbert (Series LJ170)
Louise Jackson worked hand in hand with Royal & Langnickel to create a selection of watercolor brushes that work hard and hold up in water, yet are gentle on delicate watercolor paper surfaces. Her most unique brush is her Double-Ended brush (Series LJ-DOUBLE-ENDED) that has a #14 round on one end of the handle and a large #20 flat bright on the other end! Her White Taklon Filbert (Series LJ475) is a white nylon short filbert and is great for scrubbing out dry color with water. The Gold Taklon Short Filbert (Series LJ170) consists of hairs that are dense and much softer than a stiff scrubber, making it perfect for lifting out color. Color corrections can be made while preserving the paper surface. All the handles of Louise’s brushes are plastic and durable, and can withstand years of being placed in water.
Royal & Langnickel Debby’s Texture Touch (Series L1360)
Debby’s Texture brush is constructed with strong, stiff hog bristles, so it performs well when stippling and creating textures. The bristles are cut on an angle and allow just the right stiffness and spring action to achieve a softer, airy effect. It creates wonderful trees, wildflowers, scrubs, teddy bear fur, soft clouds, snow, and delicate Queen Anne’s lace. Use for oils and acrylics.
Royal & Langnickel Zhostovo Russian Round (Series L555)
The Zhostovo Russian Round brush is constructed with the finest blend of squirrel hair, which is known for holding generous amounts of paint while maintaining a superb point. This brush was designed for artists reproducing Russian folk art methods in acrylic and egg tempura. It creates beautiful broad strokes, as well as fine details.
Royal & Langnickel Margot’s Miracle Brush (Series RMARGOT)
Margot designed this brush with red sable hairs, giving it the correct spring, chisel edge, and load capacity for her Contemporary Multi-Load Techniques. It is a chisel- edged round shape brush (no point), and will perform as a large or small round, depending on the amount of pressure you apply. The unique shape allows you to work it flat, on a chisel edge, or on the tip. All strokes effortlessly send paint out in several directions.
Silver Brush Ruby Satin Dagger Striper (Series 2512S)
A dagger striper has a very unique construction. It almost looks like an elongated flat angle but has long thin hairs at the tip of the brush. The wide area of the brush creates bold, thick strokes/shapes, and the thin hairs at the tip allow the artist to stroke thin, wispy lines. This brush has awesome snap and spring, and is great for paint-ing delicate stems, graceful leaves that bend and flip, lettering, ribbons, and more!
Silver Brush Black Velvet Striper (Series 3012S)
This is a watercolorist’s version of a dagger striper! Constructed with a blend of squirrel and black synthetic filament, this brush will hold large amounts of watercolor paint, so that numerous strokes can be executed before reloading is necessary.
Silver Brush Ruby Satin Triangle (Series 2515S)
This brush is shaped like a pyramid with a tapered tip. Each side can be loaded with a different color to create multicolored brushstrokes. Work off the tip for thin lines, or add pressure as you stroke to create leaves, pussy willow buds, and various-width lines. Use for oils and acrylics.
Scharff Syn-Sable Rosebud Pointed Cat’s Tongue (Series 423)
The hairs in this brush are golden taklon and are shaped like
a pointed cat’s tongue. The body of the brush is a wonderful filbert, and if you work off the tip, it becomes a liner. Use for
Scharff Supreme Script (Series 738)
I am truly impressed with the way this brush effortlessly creates beautiful strokes. It is “superb” for scrollwork, linework, filigree, tendrils, borders, and more. When loaded properly, you can execute multiple strokes without ever having to reload the brush. Use for all mediums.
Scharff Moon Mop (Series 685)
This natural hair mop is shorter in length than most mop brushes. The hairs are soft and full, and give you extreme control when blending out color. Use for oils and acrylics.
Dynasty Tracy Moreau Stencil Brush
This stencil brush line is designed with a short, easy-to-grip handle to provide comfort when working for long periods of time. Its unique design (longer hairs in the center, shorter hairs on the edges) allows artists to concentrate color in the stencil shape openings, so less color is transferred onto the stencil. It is available in several sizes.
Dynasty Black Gold Fandango (Series 206FD)
Its unique construction (several different lengths of hairs within the brush body) allows the hairs to snap and separate when they come into contact with moisture, making it perfect for creating foliage, grass, hair, fur, Santa beards, feathers, borders, and scroll designs. Each stroke of the brush creates multiple thin lines of paint in your desired design pattern.
Princeton Select Filbert Grainer (Series 3750FR)
Fur and feather experts Willow Wolfe and Lydia Steeves created this brush for Princeton Art. Lydia tweaked the brush, making sure the bristles were correctly spaced and firm enough to create all types of fur and feathers. With every stroke, several fine lines are created, enabling you to build up layers quickly. The filbert shape allows for greater stroke manipulation on curved edges.
Princeton Select Chisel Blender (Series 3750CB)
Princeton Select Chisel Blenders were created by Willow Wolfe, who wanted to ensure the right snap and sharp edge to create both fluffy and smooth feathers. Shaped like a flat brush with short bristles, the firmness gives you great stroke control.
Loew-Cornell La Corneille Golden Taklon Jackie Shaw Mid Liner (Series JS)
Beautiful flowing linework and strokes can be created with this brush. Another benefit of the Jackie Shaw Mid Liner is that it can hold a bit more paint than a traditional liner, allowing the painter to create the most amazing high-textured comma strokes. Use with acrylics and watercolors.
Loew-Cornell La Corneille Golden Taklon Round Stroke (Series 7040)
This brush was specifically shaped for creating decorative strokework with a fine point coming from the centermost hairs. This brush will enable you to achieve graceful, yet precise, paint strokes. The Round Stroke is so easy to use—it practically makes the stroke for you. Use with acrylics and watercolors.
Loew-Cornell Crescent (Series 247)
The Crescent brush is a multipurpose brush that contains just the right softness to allow you to mop or drybrush color. The unique arc shape and combination taklon and natural bristles can be used for fabric painting, oils, acrylics, and gouaches.
Loew-Cornell Round Scumbler (Series 2014)
This stiff bristle brush made of goat hair is great to use with acrylics for fabric stencil applications. And for you colored pencil artists, it is a great brush to use to gently smooth out and blend colored pencil lines.