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Raphaël's Kaërell is the closest thing to a natural hair brush we've found at an economical price. Supremely soft with a fine tip, it is excellent for watercolor, acrylic, and oil painting.
It is a long wearing brush with excellent water-carrying capacity and surprising strength. The long-handled series offers an expressive feel to the artist. It is durable, easy to clean, and an extremely versatile brush for many techniques and media.
Series 281, Mixed Media Flat
Raphaël's Kaërell Mixed Media Flat Brushes have soft, synthetic fibers that offer fineness and flexibility. Use them with fluid paints, washes, and varnishes.
Series 8394, Short Handle Round
This brush is a short handle version of the Series 869 Round, and is perfect for fine detail in watercolors, or for painters in acrylics and oils who prefer a short handle brush.
Series 8796, Short Handle Flat
This brush is a short handle version of the Series 879 Flat, and is perfect for line work and washes in watercolors, or for painters in acrylics and oils who prefer a short handle brush.
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Great for blending
from Edmond, OK
Comments about Raphaël Raphaël Golden Kaërell Long Handle Brushes:
Very soft, great for blending acrylic paint, which is why I bought them. Almost like watercolor brushes. The ferrules are tight and they do not seem to lose hairs. The large filberts, when wet, are almost like mop wash brushes.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Not good for oil paint
By 3 Eyes
from Oklahoma City, OK
This is regarding model 879. The tips of these brush tend to flair very easily compared to Princeton 6300F or adVinci 7023. The price is not comparable so I don't think the comparison is exactly fair, but still. The brush starts off good but does not maintain its shape well.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for your review. The durability of synthetic brushes for oil painting depends not only on the type of filament used in the brush, but also on any solvents used in your mediums and cleaning practices. If you ever have questions on brush characteristics or on using the brush to its best advantage with a particular medium, we hope you'll feel welcome to reach out to our Product Information Team. Product Specialists are available weekdays from 8am to 5:30pm CST at 1-800-933-2542 or email@example.com, and they're happy to help!
I'm very happy with this brush.
from Portland, or
Comments about Raphaël Golden Kaërell Long Handle Flat Series 879:
I appreciate how the brush was packaged. It arrived in perfect condition. I was worried because this was the first time I ordered a brush online. The brush works well for what I need. I just got into watercolor painting and this brush helps me produce nice washes.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Comments about Raphaël Golden Kaërell Long Handle Filbert Series 8792:
Especial the larger sizes are great for glazes
from Stillwater, MN
I am a calligrapher and occasionally follow master calligrapher's advice about products. When it comes to brushes for lettering, John Stevens is my go-to guy. He recommended Raphael Kaerelle brushes so I thought I'd give them a try. Of course, I knew he'd be right...and he was. These brushes are everything a lettering artist would hope for. They hold their shape and give an amazing thin stroke.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
No snap for Oils
from Homer Alaska
The brushes are wonderful, but I wanted something for oils. They do not have a snap that I wanted for oils.
from New Orleans
Been wanting to buy a few Raphael Kaerell brushes but they weren't available at Blicks for a while. Glad to finally get some. Read good reviews for the Kaerells.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
By Joe Realism
Comments about Raphaël Kaërell Pointed Round:
I've used a lot of brushes after 50 years of painting, and these brushes are among the very best. I ordered just a few, to give them a try (with acrylics), and will now order many more.
Raphael Kaerell Synthetic Sable Brushes
from Long Beach, Ca
I teach an art class in the summer so good quality and good value are important. Great service from a lick.
These paintbrushes rock!
from Jackson, WY
I have become an absolute fan of these brushes. I tried a Filbert #14 and liked it well enough that I ordered also a 24 and 4. I find myself using them all the time using Liquitex Soft Body acrylics in my abstract work, and wishing that they came as round and flat. AND THEY DO!! So I'm about to order a number of them as I think I found a treasure in these.They are soft, apply that specific paint smoothly and evenly, they are super easy to clean, it seems that they'll last a long time. Highly recommended, but maybe try one to see if you like it as much as I do.
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