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Post by tashasbowtique on Fri Aug 08, 2014 10:28 am

hey! I'm still figuring out what brush I want to purchase....I was going to buy them today..
I know loew Cornell is a lot of other people's fave...

I just saw a post here about Protege..and I was wondering if anyone else uses it and loves it...I thought of using that set first..before I really invest on the REAL expensive brands as I am only doing this for fun..no making money yet..I hope to be able to make it a business thanks!
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Post by anniel on Fri Aug 08, 2014 11:57 am

I have never used protege--but the wood handles hold me back, as I like the acrylic handles that don't flake the paint off & quickly look tacky.

I really liked the Majestic for their softness on kiddos & the black acrylic handles--and the fact I could add them one by one from Hobby-Lobby @-40%.

Then I switched to Loew Cornell because I liked the firmer feel to them. (also acrylic handles).

In the past months I have had to order new brushes & am using Princeton 4950, which seems to hold the tip on the rounds much better than the LC.
I have a couple of angle brushes from them that I liked & a dear friend suggested that she liked them as they have a nice ferrule that weighs well in your hand. (Never thought when I started I would even notice that!!). Okay, so they cost 50 cents more or so a brush...but now I am thinking they are worth it.

As far as expensive brushes--not even a temptation. Our art is temporal (unless you're doing studio work for pictures) & I prefer to not go nuts if I misplace/lose one.

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Post by tashasbowtique on Fri Aug 08, 2014 10:12 pm

where do u get princeton?
thanks for the info! ^^ I already bought protege...lol! I didn't know it was wood..as I don't read descriptions..oh well..I will be purchasing more brushes in the future anyways because I'm just learning for now...thanks so much!
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Post by maggie on Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:32 am

Just wanted to share my experience with protege brushes I purchased from Laura. I painted this one stroke kitty yesterday using just the 3/4 " brush and nothing else. In the past I have been able to use a flat brush but you have to be careful how you lay it. With this brush everything was easier, great to load and manouver on the face making the strokes very controlled. So if you have not try them I suggest you do, you will love them!!!



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Post by anniel on Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:25 pm

How cute!
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Post by maggie on Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:09 pm

Thank you Very Happy
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Post by tashasbowtique on Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:11 pm

nice! I actually love the paint brush...I've had it for a few days..and one of my brush already is peeling =( (the wooden part) but it is awesome! you are a GREAT painter! how do you make that effect to make it look like hairy?
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Post by Forest-Fairy on Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:58 pm

You can some times seal those brushes with nail polish to keep them from pealing. But the best way it to not have them sit in the water at all. It will bend the ends of your brushes as well as make the handle pant flake.


As for that 'hairy' effect, you get that by using just the edge of your brush. Apply ti the skin with it almost standing up straight as opposed to laying it down. Then make a zig zag motion.

Practice practice!
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Post by maggie on Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:10 pm

I am thinking of just popping the handle off and replacing it with one of the cheap brushes acrylic handles I have laying around.
As for the fur, forest fairy is right. I just wiggle the brush brush up and down leading with the dark color.
Thank you for the compliment Smile
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Post by tashasbowtique on Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:17 pm

practice time haha!
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Post by Forest-Fairy on Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:33 pm

don't forget to share your results!

Great idea about switching the handles maggie!! Let me know how it turns out or if there were any issues.
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Post by maggie on Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:12 pm

I will Smile
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Post by tashasbowtique on Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:00 pm

hm gooood idea! but how would we know it'll fit...
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Post by Forest-Fairy on Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:00 am

I'd use sewing measuring tape to measure the circumference of the handle when looking for a potential match. Wink
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Post by maggie on Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:55 am

Update

So those handles started to peel pretty fast, I can't believe that from all the brushes I have purchased in the past I don't have a handle that fit the 3/4 brush. So I went on a search and in with my kids art supplies found the perfect handle. Crayola skinny markers cap fit perfectly Smile it's a little on the short side but looks better than the peeling wooden handle.
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Post by anniel on Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:25 pm

Srry missed your question "in2art.com".
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Post by tashasbowtique on Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:37 am

maggie..how did u change it?
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Post by maggie on Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:43 am

The handle was loose and I just pulled it out. The marker cap is a little short but I kind of like it.
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Post by tashasbowtique on Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:30 pm

interesting..mine isn't loose but yea...the paint chips off easily ugh =(
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Post by maggie on Sat Dec 13, 2014 4:01 pm

Pretty sure if you twist both handle and metal part of brush the handle will come off.
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Post by artyfacesbyluz on Sat Dec 13, 2014 7:07 pm

I LOOOOOOOOOOVE the protege brushes, I put nail polish on them and after a month they still look ok.
I think is a good price for the set.
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Post by Forest-Fairy on Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:22 pm

What did I say? Nail polish for the Win! Very Happy

Just remember that the nail polish will slow down the flaking but can't stem it off forever. Eventually it will need another handle if you want it to look its best, if you don't end up replacing it first.

Mine are doing great btw. With the nail polish there has been no flaking after these past months, and the brushes are still in top working order. Impressed! My other one stroke brushes would be begging me for retirement after this much use. Razz
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Post by anniel on Sat Feb 28, 2015 1:58 pm

OK---I totally renege on not wanting to buy another brush---PROTEGE FLATS are incredible--(even my son was impressed with the results!) I only ordered one set, but I am off to find nail polish....and order more brushes!! Thnk you all for your reviews!!
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Post by Forest-Fairy on Sat Feb 28, 2015 8:06 pm

Told you they were amazeballs! Very Happy
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