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The enormous amount of labour involved in handmaking interlocked brushes has led Da Vinci to develop a new technology that enables them to manufacture artist brushes in a more effective way. The fruit of these efforts is the Maestro brush, which features a perfectly shaped brush-head set deeply into the ferrule to guarantee enduring elasticity, springiness and longevity. Perfect for oil & acrylic.
Featuring plated brass, seamless ferrules, and short, polished red and black handles, these brushes provide superior control and performance, ensuring they are perfect for use with both oils and acrylics.
What is a round brush?
A round brush has a circular ferrule, the shape of which may be viewed by looking straight down the brush. A round brush usually has long bristles, which come to a pointed tip.
When should a round brush be used?
A round brush is ideal for filling in small areas, controlled washes and detailed work. Using a round brush, the artist is able to create lines of varying thicknesses, depending on the amount of pressure exerted. This is due to the brush’s thin tip becoming wider the more the brush is pressed down.
What do the size numbers mean?
The size of a brush is indicated by a number printed on the handle, and refers to the width of the ferrule. A higher number means a wider brush. It should be noted that consistency between brush manufacturers, when calculating brush size, can vary. Therefore, a size 10 brush in one brand may not be the same as a size 10 in another brand. In some instances, there may also be size variations between a manufacturer’s different ranges.
How should I care for my Da Vinci Maestro2 brush?
It is important to clean brushes thoroughly to prevent bristles losing their interlocking quality, and standing apart. Particular attention should be paid to the edge of the ferrule, where dried paint can become embedded, and result in bristle breakage.
The methods for cleaning brushes differ, depending on the type of paint used. Watercolour brushes may be cleaned using simply soap and water.
To help preserve the condition of the bristles, a specialist brush cleaner may also be used.
When storing brushes for any length of time, care should be taken to ensure they are clean and absolutely dry, to prevent mildew developing. Keeping brushes in a box, with a tight-fitting lid, guards against both mildew and moth damage.
What strokes are produced with round brushes?
Click here to see how round brush strokes compare with other brush types.
Which techniques work best with Water Colour?
The following links show some new techniques on how watercolours can be used:
Who are Da Vinci?
Owned by the German company Defet, the Da Vinci brand was patented in 1952. The company’s philosophy to use only the best materials, traditional craftsmanship, and technological progress ensures Da Vinci brushes are of the highest quality.