Q. Can you suggest some good watercolor brushes that aren’t as expensive as the kolinsky sable brushes?
A. I recommend a new series of brushes by Robert Simmons called The Sienna Brush Collection (manufactured by Daler-Rowney, 2 Corporate Drive, Cranbury NJ 08512-9584. Tel: 609/655-5252. Web site: www.daler-rowney.com/usa). The brushes come in 16 different styles, with long- and short-handled varieties for both fine art and decorative painting in oils, acrylics, watercolor, inks and gouache. The brushes are composed of high-quality, synthetic filaments, resulting in a rich mixture with a smooth, soft feel that returns to a point or sharp edge every time. This luxurious blend of synthetic hairs allows for control in painting but with enough resilience to perform perfectly every time. The complete line of Robert Simmons’s Sienna brushes gives you a nice range of quality brushes at an affordable price. They come in all shapes and sizes, too, and are sold with a lifetime guarantee. I highly recommend them!
Loraine Crouch is assistant editor for The Artist’s Magazine.