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This fine brush is traditionally crafted with the highest quality pure Kazan squirrel hair. Kazan squirrel hair is the finest and softest available. This mop holds the largest amount of water while maintaining a fine point. All sizes are hand cupped in the ferrule and secured with wires to a beautiful wood handle.
This brush will point up for delicate, fine work or it may be used as a mop for broad watercolor wash strokes.
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Comments about Raphaël Raphaël Pure Squirrel Mop Series 803:
Because I primarily work in sketchbooks on relatively smaller surfaces, initially I thought I really did not need mop brushes that hold a lot of water. Before my Raphael brushes, I could never manage an even wash, and I did not understand it. Now I know how important to have at least a couple of mops for those larger juicy washes. Raphaels also have the best point that allows for the finest, best controlled lines and details. Since I purchased my size 0 and size 2 Raphael mop brushes, I very rarely need other brushes... I am so happy with them!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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First experience with Quill Mop
I've painted with watercolours my whole life, and mostly use sable brushes. My favourite brushes are a pair of sable brushes given to me by my grandfather, but they are small rounds and don't retain the volume of water I would need for large washes.While watching some YouTube videos, I came across this style of brush. I've used Chinese brushes, rounds, flats of all compositions, and regular mops, and haven't been able to find something like this. The #6 is rapidly becoming my go-to. I haven't used any other quill mops, but I may try the Princeton line to get a feel for the partially synthetic fibres.
from Dallas, TX
This brush is a great all rounder and is high quality. I could tell the difference immediately from synthetic brushes. It is well worth the investment and feels light yet high quality. I highly recommend it!
Hands down, best brush!
I wish I had spent the money and bought good brushes like this one when I first started. This brush carries a large load of water or pigment, comes to a nice point, washes well, and is a sensuous delight to use. It is quickly becoming my go to brush.
carries lots of water and pigment-easy to use-accurate
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
holds lots of water and paint, good control
If I only had one brush
from Silver Spring MD
I am a professional watercolor artist and instructor. I use this brush about 90% of the time. ART is hard ...make it as easy as you can by having the best materials
a little expensive, but an amazing instrument!
By Maíra, from Brazil
from São Paulo, BR
If you wish to paint a whole painting with the same and only brush, maybe you should choose number 2, instead of number 3.
By IYA Sean
from Kingston Jamaica
I bought two of these brushes after reading others reviews on it, and I must say they are true to the word. They hold a lot of water release it well and also comes back to a fine point, I will definitely be buying larger and smaller brushes of this series.
from Moline, Illinois
The brush is very versatile. Very good for fine lines and details. Love it.
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