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Which brushes do we stock?



Hog bristles, synthetic, squirrel, ox ear, Taklon, Kolinsky red sable, Kevrin, interlocked extra white hog bristles, badger, pony hair… we really have a huge choice… But that’s not all… then you need to choose the shape: point, flat, filbert or cat’s tongue are only the most common ones but you also find deer-foot, mop, dagger, liner, spalter, flogger, cod-tail and many other interesting names! Finally you’ll need to decide the size… from a 6/0 (not much to look at there) to a 20 and beyond. Brushes are a world in themselves and if you want to know more about them to help you choose the perfect one for your media and style… please go to my blog.

As for the brands we carry, there they are: Holbein, Isabey, NAM, Neef, Raphael, Royal Sovereign, Sterling Edwards plus all sorts of Japanese and Chinese calligraphy brushes, one offs and students’ sets.

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Which pigments do we stock?

Paint, pencils, inks, watercolours, pastels… all mark making materials are roughly made of 2 things: pigment which brings the colour, binder that holds the pigment together in this or that particular form. If you wanted to invent a colour and make a batch or be a purist and make your own paints (I personally wouldn’t bother about making my own pencils but… up to you) or even if you only want to experiment with pure pigment… we stock a extensive range: Jacquard‘s Pearl Ex powdered pigments, Langridge‘s comprehensive range of 75 dry pigments, Sennelier‘s range of metallic pigments, Schmincke‘s Tro-Col bronze pigments.

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