Da Vinci : Black Sable : Oil Brush : Series 1640 : Round : Size 12

Da Vinci : Black Sable : Oil Brush : Series 1640 : Round : Size 12


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RRP £9.10

Price £8.40

Black Sable Oil painting brush.
Russian black sable hair.
Silver coloured ferrule.
Long maroon polished handles.
Standard sizes No. 3/0 to No. 30.
Rounds for detail and precision work.

Russian black sable, also known as high quality Russian fitch hair, lies directly between artist Chungking bristle and the finest Kolinsky red sable, but still gives the painter the benefits of red sable; its stiffness allows for bristlelike strokes, only smoother without marking the paint layers. In larger sizes black sable brushes have great colour carrying capacity. Excellent for delicate blending and smoothing out ridges, it is a favourite among portrait and realist painters. It is the most stable oil painting brush in the whole assortment.


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SKU B164012
Weight 0.0100
To use with Oil
Brush : Hair Type Extra Hog Black
Brush : Stiffness Stiff
Brush : Technique General
Brush : More Shapes Pointed
Brush Series 1640
Brush : Width 2.6 - 5.0 mm
Brush : Width by mm 3.6 mm
Brush : Size # # 12
Quality Exceptional
Vegan No
Brush : Hair Type Black Sable
Brush : Shape Round
Brush : Hair -> 16 - 20 mm
Brush : Hair -> mm 18 mm
Brush : Handle Long
Review by Chris
I bought sizes 8, 12 & 16 - all rounds. These brushes are superb quality. The black sable is about as soft as a kolinsky or red sable. The difference is that the black sable is a slightly coarser type of hair. This is actually a benefit when using oil paint. In Jacksons' hard copy "Oil colour catalogue" (2016) they rate this series as "stiff" - on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the stiffest, this series is given 5. This is definitely a mistake (page 72). It should be rated 1 or 2, same as a kolinsky or red sable. Since these brushes are soft/very soft, you need to use wetter paint, I.e. more medium. When making a stroke, it also helps to press the brush to the surface and give it a little 'wiggle' against the surface to really connect before making the stroke. Hard to explain, you need to experiment! You can use these brushes for softening too, but I wouldn't say that is their primary function, as they make lovely marks in their own right. (And I can soften just as well with a size 6 filbert bristle.) in contrast, red sables have little noticeable coarseness. Having both black and red sables, I use the black sables far more, and often for strokes where I might also have used a red sable. Just remember that the sizing on sables for oils is different to hogs: a size 16 round sable is about the same size as a size 8 round hog (i.e. halve the number). (Posted on 26/07/2016)

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