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More than any other tool, the brush is a direct and fluid extension of the artist’s hand, eye and expressive vision. It is with that principle in mind that Winsor & Newton has crafted fine artists’ brushes for over 150 years, earning a reputation for making the world’s finest from the very best raw materials. The standards of quality for this brush were set in 1866, when her majesty Queen Victoria gave orders that Winsor & Newton, holders of the Royal Warrant, be commanded to produce the very finest water colour brushes in her favourite size the No. 7. The resulting brush known as the Series 7 and the standards of quality set in 1866 are the same.
There are three essential qualities that define the finest water colour brush: Point, Snap and Spring and Flow Control. Since 1866, the handmade Series 7 has proven itself to be the standard –bearer in all those qualities, offering a rapier-like point, perfectly balanced spring with extraordinary capacity and flow control. For artists who appreciate exquisite quality and longevity, there is no other brush than the Winsor & Newton Series 7.
Every Series 7 brush should come to a crisp point and maintain that point during use. Pointing without colour – swirl the brush in water, give the brush head a hard flick of the wrist. Point when painting – drain excess colour into palette and then twist brush head gently to get the perfect point.
The brush snaps back crisply into shape with the right degree of spring to allow the artist superior control with a degree of give and take between the brush and painting surface.
The larger belly of the Series 7 brush hold more colour than other sable brushes and this makes applying washes so much easier. Along with the colour carry capacity the Series 7 comes with such a fine point too. The same fine line can be achieved with a size 10 as it would be with a size 0 as the reason for the larger size brush is when you want a reservoir of colour.