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Post by Firebird FX on Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:32 pm

So I've been face painting for around 6 months now and I'm still using these brushes purchased from walmart labeled "face painting brushes" because they were like $3 and I wanted a pack for each for 9 different colors. They're not absolutely horrible, but the ends are frayed now and some of the narrower brushes are making my painting looking increasingly sloppy...I have to dip them in paint, then roll the frayed ends down several times for it not to look like a mess. I like having a different set of brushes per color because it saves me so much time cleaning, but I need better quality...for a good price. Anyone know where I can purchase cheap highER quality (nylon?...synthetic?) brushes? Thanks!
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Post by SEZnz on Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:49 pm

I'd also love to know what everyone really recommends - I started off with Kyrolan ones and they're pretty rubbish in my opinion. I know it's all personal preference but if you're all using the same brand then it's a pretty good indication Smile
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Post by Guest on Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:34 pm

Go to a craft/art supply store and check out the brushes. Look for ones meant for water colour painting... those will work the best for use with water based make-up.

You can start with the cheapest and working up to better quality as you can afford it. Personally, I use the same brushes over and over as I have to clean and sanitize between people so I prefer to work with good brushes and pay for them as they work better and last longer with care.

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Post by Sam I Am on Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:49 pm

Loew Cornell 7000 brushes are lovely and you can get them for a really good price in America, I adore Esscoda Barrocco brushes, there golden taklon, triple crimped and hand made with a razor sharp point. Droooool Razz
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Post by Fancy Faces with a Twist on Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:02 pm

I just posted before seeing this thread about a sale on Loew Cornell and American Painter brushes!
Michaels craft store has them this week/ buy one get one for 1 penny!
Can't beat that. I agree with Sam I am, LOVE the Loew Cornell Smile

Firebird I see you're from Michigan. Me too! Where abouts are you??
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Post by SEZnz on Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:07 pm

The last art store that sold me brushes in NZ were dreadful but I'm gonna try for water colour specific ones.

What do you guys think of Royal Majestic?

and where do you get your Loew Cornell brushes from? I need to be able to order them online. No Michaels for us down under Sad

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Post by Guest on Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:43 pm

Any art supply store worthy of the name should carry decent brushes. Perhaps brand names may vary and certain brands may not be available in all countries but there would be similar quality.

I know I got a fantastic brush from an Australian friend - it was called a "doll" and the brand name was not searchable on Google!! She sent me a bunch in a trade and the larger ones were called "cat's tongues" which I have and love already in another brand but these are shaped differently - the loofe is a triangle with a sharp point at the tip.

Anyhow the point is... try out what you can find and you may find a great brush right on your doorstep.

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Post by Firebird FX on Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:49 am

Tamara, I'm from Howell, which is in the middle of nowhere (by brighton...livingston county.) I'm trying to move asap. Razz How about you?

I'll try ebay for watercolor brushes for a good price, maybe michaels if the sale is going on here. Brushes make an enormous difference in the quality of my face paintings. I've been avoiding any attempts of fine lines lately, so I'm kind of desperate for "good and cheap" if that exists in the brush world...
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Post by ChangingFaceDesigns on Tue Oct 26, 2010 1:11 am

There are several threads that cover this very topic. May provide you with the information you seek. Do a search on brushes.
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Post by SEZnz on Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:24 am

Oh i'm sure there will be plenty of good water colour brushes out there now i know that water colour ones are what i need - would just rather go with brands that most of you guys find to be good Smile

and thanks ChangingFaceDesigns Wink often they end in 'it's personal'
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Post by Lady Jayde on Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:28 am

naughty word Blick and Jerry's Artarama usually have good online prices for the Cornell brushes. I prefer the American Painter (pink) and the 7000 series. I used to have a "thing" for Windsor Newton Artist Watercolour sables and acquired a LOT of them, but I am now stuck on Loew Cornell...oneday they may show up in the swap shop.

Choosing a brush is personal and a bit risky if you don't have the ability to try before you buy. What works for some or most, may not work for you which is why you hear the "it's personal" so much. I for one abhor the Royal Majestic brushes, but many love them...it's personal Laughing
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Post by jnjkoz on Thu Oct 28, 2010 2:37 am

I have found over time that I REALLY like the One Stroke brushes for glass and ceramics the ones made of white nylon, (Light green handle with white bristles) they are really soft and glide on the face smoothly. I used them by mistake once, I use to do window painting on the side on during the holidays, I grabbed those brushes because they look just like the others and started painting, and they are amazing for face painting! The are high quality too.A little pricey, but when you use it you will see why. I have bought some really high quality brushes, and these have outlasted some of the most expensive brushes. I personally do not recommended the Royal Majestic, I think the bristles are too stiff for face painting, they seem to separate and dry out too easily, even with pink soap in the water, but again, thats just IMHO Smile
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Post by BarbieSmith on Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:39 am

Lady Jayce - the W&N brushes aren't Series 9 by any chance are they? I have two of those as my primary black and white brushes, and am looking for more....
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Post by Lady Jayde on Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:24 am

I don't know what series they are actually. I was taken by their ergonomic handles and satin handle finish. Here's an generic image.
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Post by ChangingFaceDesigns on Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:30 am

Whatever brand you choose to go with, there is nothing like a good set of brushes that feels good and comfortable in your hands. Makes a big difference in quality of your work.
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Post by wmeventservices on Mon Nov 01, 2010 1:12 pm

I may be weird, but my favorite brushes are the ones that come with Wolfe palettes. They are being sold in walmart right now in the big four color novelty paints so I bought them up for $2.50 a piece today.
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Post by Lady Jayde on Mon Nov 01, 2010 1:46 pm

There's nothing weird about brush preferences as far as I'm concerned...unless your favorite is a toothbrush...then I might have to raise an eyebrow... Very Happy
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Post by maggie on Sun Nov 28, 2010 9:51 am

I know this thread is a month old but I thought I would add my 2 cents on the royal majestic brushes.

I placed my 1st order from Metina and after reading this thread I thought about cancelling the brushes, there was a little confusion with my order and I could not cancel it. 3 days later (Thanks for the fast shipping Metina)I got my box and tried the brushes, to my surprise I was really happy with them.

I also have some Lowe Cornell 7000 and Americas Painter from Cornell. It is amazing what a good brush will do.

Maggie Very Happy
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Post by Psalmbook on Sun Nov 28, 2010 1:58 pm

I love my royal majestic angle brush. It's becoming my tiger stripe go to brush. I also like the brush that came with the wolfe kit.. and Jayde, I'd use a toothbrush only for splatter painting Very Happy
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Post by kat on Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:58 pm

Shannon,

In this post Shannon Fennell on Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:34 pm you mentioned that you cleaned and sanitized between faces.
May I inquire as to what you use for that?

I'm reading through the forum posts, but, as of yet have not run across a post concerning cleaning brushes between faces.
(not that there isn't one.... it's just that there is SO MUCH to read and take in.)

Thank you!
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Post by barbb919 on Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:07 pm

i like the loew and cornell comfort brushes but can't get them at michaels any more. the 7000 series seam better i really like them..I do like the ones in the wolfe pallet..
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Post by Guest on Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:53 pm

klucreations wrote:Shannon,

In this post Shannon Fennell on Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:34 pm you mentioned that you cleaned and sanitized between faces.
May I inquire as to what you use for that?

I'm reading through the forum posts, but, as of yet have not run across a post concerning cleaning brushes between faces.
(not that there isn't one.... it's just that there is SO MUCH to read and take in.)

Thank you!

I am in the Province of Alberta and we have health regulations that REQUIRE we use single use applicators OR santize our applicators between people.

I wash my brushes with a bit of Ivory soap to get the paint out, rinse twice, then saturate in isopropyl alcohol (70%) and allow to dry before I use it again... I have a good handful of brushes (multiples of my favourites) so I can work while the used ones dry.

I'm sure we covered this in other threads (there are several of us in Alberta on this forum.)

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Post by TheGildedCat on Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:36 am

Do you find that the isopropyl breaks down the glue in the ferrule over time?
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Post by kat on Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:42 am

Shannon, thanks!

Yes, I found another post (I think it was about kits... I've read so many posts lately that I tend to get lost in here.. *LOL*) where you had mentioned using Ivory soap and alcohol.
I was going to come back today to either delete my post/or/amend it.

Thanks so much for responding!

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TheGildedCat , I was wondering that as well.

I had thought that if I did something similar, I'd dip the brush and reshape the bristles, laying the brush aside (maybe at a slight slant) so that the alcohol wouldn't sit inside the ferrule?

taking copious notes as I run across interesting information....
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Post by Wildcatfin on Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:51 pm

I never advise on brushes when I'm teaching - I always say every painter has their own fave brand/ shape/size but we all use different things to get the same effects, in the end!

But yes stick to better quality watercolour/ acrylic brushes. And they SHOULD last - I have had my face Daler Rowney System 3 acrylics (I like them as they have big fat handles my duff hand can grip, which also make great fat dots!) for 6 years and counting!

I also like some of the Fantasy WorldWides, some of the Majestic, some of the Paradise, Da Vinci, etc. Generally I find it cheaper to buy art & craft brands for most normal brush size/ shapes and only go to 'face/body brand' brushes for things that are a bit more difficult to find, like bodybrushes and big dagger brushes.

I did like the wolfes but I found the humidity in HK cracked all the paint off the handles (and a few other brands handles) in a matter of weeks, insane!

I stick to Da Vinci brush soap for cleaning them and make sure they air dry flat/ in shape..

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