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Squirrel Brushes


Squirrel Brushes have great carrying capacity for thin watercolors and inks. They are used in both lettering and washes. A very fine, thin hair, taken from squirrel tails, squirrel hair points as well as Kolinsky, but has very little "snap" because the hair is not very resilient. Both the Quill, a lettering brush, and the Oval Mop, a watercolor wash brush, are traditionally made with squirrel hair.

Gray squirrel (Talayoutky) and blue squirrel, most highly in demand for lettering brushes and quills, are native to Russia and are nearly always in short supply. Brown squirrel (Kazan) is more readily available, and is used mainly for watercolor brushes. Goat hair, harvested from domesticated animals, makes an economical alternative to the squirrel mop brush, for those concerned about the trapping of wild animals.

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Squirrel Blend
Squirrel Blend Flat Wash
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    Which Brush to Choose - Natural or Synthetic?

    Artists' paint brushes are made from either natural hair or synthetic fibers and can range from very stiff to very soft and flexible. Both types of brushes offer a wide range of shapes, sizes, qualities and prices. If you are considering which paint brush to buy but don't know whether to select a natural or synthetic brush, this video will help you decide.

 

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