Wednesday, 28 March 2012

My new best friend.

I have something of a confession to make and it’s a bit embarrassing really!

After 30 years of painting minis I bought my first quality sable brush. I finally got around to buying a Windsor and Newton series seven and based on my first trial with this could be the start of a beautiful relationship. 

I suppose it’s simply been a matter of established habit but for many years I’ve been using Windsor and Newton’s Cotman water colour Brushes. I can’t say I’m unhappy with the results I’ve achieved and I was simply going along happily doing what I’ve always done. However, one of the objectives I set myself when I took to mini painting again was to challenge some of my long established habits and see if that would result in an improvement in my painting.

Straight out of the pack my new brush responded astonishingly well and the fine/sharp detail it gave me is a revelation. There’s no ‘breaking in’ period needed to get the brush conditioned and responsive to handling. It felt good in my hand with a weightier more solid handle – this is a proper ‘grown up’ brush.

It’s early days yet and I need to see how the brush performs over time but I have a very good feeling about what my new best friend and I are going to achieve together. I just wish I’d switched years ago!


  1. I invested in some Series 7's about 5 years ago and they're still going strong.
    I've bought some more just recently. Fantastic brushes!

  2. Hi

    I used to use W&N 7's but I find them expensive now, though very good brushes, I use Rosemary and Co brushes, they are just as good as the 7's in my opinion and a third of the price, worth a punt, you'll not regret it I didnt.

  3. Thanks for the tip Robin. I'd heard good things about Rosemary & Co brushes so I will give them a go.