At the start of the month, I did this page to test different options of fine brushes. The 30×30 challenge always is a good prompt to do this, but I was also thinking about these brushes last year while doing my Lockdown Teacups project. In December I was testing a number of super fine brushes that I got from Rosemary Brushes (see here) but this month I’ve been revisiting some slightly larger brushes.
This month I started with the small dagger, then tried the tiny size 1 round before deciding that the extended point felt the best. It was not a scientific decision… just simply based on what felt the best!
This is certainly not a new brush. It was a special Christmas 2016 edition so I know exactly how long I’ve had it! The brush was also included in a brush update from August 2021.
The brush I’m using at the moment is Rosemary and Co, Series 336 Size 8 Extended Needle Point Posara. It’s a squirrel blend brush – synthetic tip and squirrel belly.
It behaves very much like a rigger but with the added benefit of a reservoir so you don’t have to pick up paint as often. My use of a ‘detail brush’ is to replace what I would normally do with my fude pen so this feature is a winner!
WOW! I filled a full page of lines and could have kept going (the marks at the bottom of the page show how much was still in the belly!)
When I use this brush at the moment I’m usually changing the colour of the wash in the brush frequently, but this page has proved to me that I can get more out of it than I expected.
If you want to see this brush in action, I created a Reel on Instagram yesterday – see here. I’ll do some screenshots and share some thoughts about this sketch next week when I do my next 30×30 update.
I’m not sure if this brush will be locked in as a permanent part of my everyday kit… but right now I’m loving using it!
And oh! by the way, I really want to get around to doing some more study of The Orders of Architecture, so it was fun to be sketching the Composite Order on these pages. Maybe once I’ve finished my 30×30 Baroque project I’ll have time for that.