Things of No Interest: Hobby Painting - Brushes
Hobby painters are funny. Maybe human beings are just funny - and by that I mean quirky. People that play tabletop games are of course quirky (but in my experience, not all that differently quirky than lots of hobbyists as things relate to their hobbies). But of course, miniature painters are a whole category of quirky within the tabletop gaming world.
A couple things recently caught my interest - different discussions, posts, videos etc that related to painting, so I thought I'd just share some random thoughts about some Things of No Interest. Today we are talking about... paint brushes.
I can tell you what I use and why. I mean, at one point I was asking the same questions. I currently use Kolinsky Sable brushes by Kalish. The general consensus seems to be that Kolinsky Sable is the best choice for a lot of painting. The overwhelming brand recommended in most painting forums is the Windsor and Newton Series 7 (and if you want to know why, watch this short review video).
I do not own any Windsor and Newton brushes. You don't need to own any to do quality work (but after watching this video recently, I may go play with my brushes and seriously consider buying some). For the most part, I've been happy with my Kalish brushes. They are reasonably priced ($7-8 each, including shipping) and work well for me - and that is really the key. Finding a set of tools that work well for you. I'm not a pro painter, I don't do it for money and I don't enter competitions, so spending 3x as much money per brush (to this point) hasn't seemed reasonable to me, as I'm not frustrated with the tools I have.
In the last year or so, I've also started using larger brushes (size 1 and 2 vs 0 and 00). Better quality brushes with sharp points/tips do matter when you start going to larger brushes. The main reason I use larger sized brushes for my main jobs is that they hold more paint, which makes painting figures much faster.
Other than your standard round brush (which means the "belly" of the brush is round, not the brush - a round brush is actually tear shaped) I have a few other "specialty brushes I use as well. I have a pair of old beat-up flat brushes that I used for dry brushing, but they were getting to the point where I wasn't quite happy with the results. I bought a cheap package of synthetic angled flat brushes to replace them, but I haven't even tried them out yet because of this video:
Yep, I am currently (mostly) using $1 makeup brushes from Walmart to do my dry brushing. The results are as good as shown in the video. I highly recommend grabbing some and trying them out. I also keep some of the random synthetic brushes around for doing washes (so I don't stain my good/main brushes). I use one of the bigger synthetic brushes for priming the models in gesso, but I'm looking to try a new brush-on primer (out of curiosity as much as anything) so I might make the switch and ditch that brush. Or maybe I'll keep it for misc playing around - because again, the secret is finding what works for you!