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Cheap or expensive brushes / Art suppliers
In quality and price, the best watercolor brushes can vary from those in a sealed package of perhaps five, hanging at the end of the aisle of your national chain hobby shop to those that have a real stamp of approval as "By command, Her Majesty the Queen." (Famously, Queen Victoria ordered Winsor & Newton what would be her 7 favorite size in the series 7 of the red saber rounds Kolinsky). The first option could serve, for a short time, to clean a child's boots in his wardrobe. The latter could be framed with pride on the wall of your studio. In between, you will find a wide selection of more than just repairable brushes, of recognized fine brands. Some of these brands are: Winsor & Newton Series 7, Isabey, Rafael, Arches, Escoda, Pro Arte and others. The smaller lines, but still quite useful, include: Winsor & Newton Series 666, Princeton and Grumbacher. I recommend buying a good brand. Avoid the various gangue packages; they will perform so poorly in practice and in durability that they will feel very discouraged. I have some of each mentioned brand and I enjoy every brush. And yes, I bought cheappo brushes in the past … and I had to throw them away.