Winsor Newton Artisan Brushes


Natural hog bristle is not ideally suited for water mixable oil colour because when soaked in water, the bristle loses shape and its spring becomes weak.
As a result controlling the paint becomes more difficult.
On the other hand, synthetic brush ranges are not ideally suited for use with oil color. This is because they are generally developed for acrylics and the blend of filament can be too soft and too flexible for use with full bodied color straight from the tube.
This is why Artisan brushes provide the perfect balance for this special type of oil color.
They are able to maintain strength, a fine point, excellent spring and durability use after use with water.
And best of all Artisan brushes (with Artisan colour) can be cleaned with soap and water only - No solvents required.




    Bright


    Short Flat/ Bright- Long Handle A short flat head. Creates sharp edges with control. A stiff flat brush giving control and movement of large amounts of color.

    Bright

    Filbert


    Filbert- Long Handle Flat with oval tip. Broad mark with a soft edge. The pointed tip of the filbert shape gives precision for highlights, yet the flat body can carry ample colour.

    Filbert

    Round


    For fine detail and glazes. The most popular shape. The long handle makes it ideal for oil colour where drawing and scumbling over the surface can be achieved.

    Round

    Winsor Newton Artisan Fan Brush


    Fan - Short Handle Blends, softens edges and creates texture. Popular for glazes and blending. Useful for stippling and feathering grass and hair effects. Good for blending skies and faces.

    Winsor Newton Artisan Fan Brush

    Winsor Newton Artisan Flat Brush


    A long flat head. Bend, glaze or cover large areas. A long flat brush. Covers large areas with the flat side. Renders thin lines with the edge. Also ideal for glazing.

    Winsor Newton Artisan Flat Brush




How to choose an Oil Color Brush

There is one main benchmark for brushes that are used with thick or viscous colour; the thicker the colour, the stiffer the brush needs to be. A heavy paint like oil requires a brush with enough resilience to manipulate the colour with complete control.
However, a colour that has been thinned will need softer tuft (e.g. soft hair or filament) and a colour that has been thinned to a fluid consistency needs a brush with flow control (e.g. synthetic or natural hair brush such as sable).

Therefore brush characteristics to consider are:

  • Firmness of bristle û Is the bristle capable of moving heavy-bodied color over the surface with authority?

  • Tip control û Does the bristle or hair allow for subtlety in blending? Does it give fine control when creating detail?

Oil color brushes are generally made from two different types of hair, Hog and Synthetic hair.

Hog
Properly dressed, the finest quality hog brushes offer superior firmness and flagged ends for control and blending. Hog bristle is good for use with thick color. The hair is extremely resilient and the most important characteristic is that it is æflaggedÆ or split at the end.

These flags carry more color on the brush and apply it evenly on the surface. The very best hog brushes have over 80% flagged hairs. We offer three types of hog hair brushes (ArtistsÆ Hog, Winton and Azanta) and one synthetic brush which resembles the properties of Hog (Artisan).

Sable
The second choice for oil color painters is a sable brush. These are used when the painter needs more control of color when it has been thinned down with solvents. The high quality hair gives the brush excellent shape retention and allows the artists to paint intricate detail. This makes it the ideal complement to a Hog brush in an oil painter's studio.

Synthetic
High quality synthetic fibers are especially good if the brushes come into contact with water. As with our Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colors, where the brushes can be cleaned with water it is important that the brushes remain strong and durable and appropriate for painting with thick bodied color straight from the tube.

Sometimes when oil color has been thinned it is necessary to have a softer tuft. This is where synthetic fibers also work well. For example with the Synthetic Mongoose hair used in our Monarch brushes, providing a balance between the stiffness of hog and the softness of sable.

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