Playing with new brushes…..

At the beginning of a new year it’s always good to experiment with new tools, and to PLAY.

I needed a new rigger brush (the brush to the furthest right).    These brushes are called Riggers because they were originally designed for artists involved in Maritime painting, a genre particularly strong from the 17th to 19th centuries.    The Rigger Brush allowed for very fine lines….as in ships rigging. 

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I saw a deal where I could purchase a rigger along with some sword watercolour brushes…..which I have not tried before.      Anyway, that lead to some playing for my warm up this morning….

First I added some cadmium orange into the negative space.   The space surrounding the hummingbird. 

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I then played with the sword brushes….which I quite like.

I am still able to achieve the very fine line as I do with a Rigger, but can also make broad and narrow strokes with the same sweep of the brush. 

Like anything, it’s important to play and experiment….

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Happy Wednesday and may the Magical Hummingbirds be with you:)

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A Bientôt

15 thoughts on “Playing with new brushes…..

  1. Suan Strohmetz

    Janet, you make it look so easy! I haven’t painted in years but I think I may begin again! Thank you. Love your work. Friend of Jille and live in w. Chester.

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