Da Vinci Watercolor Brush Quill
Sizes 0, 2, 4, or as a Set of Three
Made in Germany
The da Vinci Kagalovska line is a gorgeous set of Quill brushes made using white synthetic fibers. These fibers have excellent absorbency, a good snap, and nice point. The snap and point aren't quite the same as synthetic sable, but close. These make a nice, versatile, jack-of-all-trades brush. I recommend them for looser painting styles that require juicy broad strokes and some detail. If you want to paint lots of superfine details I would recommend a synthetic sable brush instead.
White brushes are wonderful because it makes it easier to see what exactly is going on on the tip of your brush - which color and how much is there. However, white brushes do stain more easily. Use a little brush soap if this bothers you, though understand if you use many staining colors your brush will not stay perfectly white.
Quill brushes are similar to Rounds, but handle a little differently. The brush "belly" is farther forward, as well as the grip, making the balance of the brush different. They are called Quill brushes because they were traditionally manufactured with natural bird quills for the ferrule, and tied with wire. Today, plastic is used instead as it takes pressure off of the natural environment and is actually more durable.
A note on Quill brushes: the sizes run at a different scale for these. Pay close attention to the pictures. A size 8 Round will be much, much smaller than a size 8 Quill, which is enormous.
The Set of Three Kagalovska Quills comes in a Da Vinci Box Set, as pictured
Tip: To extend the life of any paintbrush, use a pocket mister to spray down your watercolor pans a few minutes before you dive in and begin using them. This saves your brush bristles from the extra fatigue and wear-and-tear of re-wetting each color.
Brush Care: After use, simply rinse your watercolor brushes in clean water, reshape the point with your fingers and, if possible, lay them horizontally with heads off the edge of your surface to dry completely. Avoid storing wet brushes in any kind of sealed container to prevent mold or degradation of the glue at the base of the bristles.
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