Leisure Painter Magazine Review
I received a full set of Michael Wilcox School of Colour watercolour brushes. These are beautifully crafted, with polished hardwood handles, handsome gold ferrules, and comprised five flats (11.4", 1", 3.4", 1.2", 1.4" and 1.8"); six filberts (sizes 12, 10, 8, 6, 4 and 2); and fine rounds (sizes 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 0).
I also received three silver ferruled swords (large, medium and small); these are specialist brushes with short handles and long hair (over 2"), which comes to the finest of points.
They carry far more liquid than riggers and so are useful when long brushstrokes of varying widths are required. Some artists find them useful for painting foliage.
A close examination of the brushes revealed that the heads are manufactured from top quality hair, beautifully shaped. The rounds taper perfectly and also come to excellent points. All the brushes are well balanced and sit comfortably in the hand. I applied full washes with the largest flats, rounds and filberts and a wide variety of brushstrokes with the remainder and was delighted with the results.
I used a selection of these brushes for my Venetian painting the 1" flat for the variegated sky wash and Nos. 12, 10 and 7 rounds for the buildings and their reflections. Here again they performed perfectly. In fact, they will be replacing some of my more venerable sables, which have rendered long and valuable service and have earned an honorable retirement.
Review by Ray Campbell Smith
FRSA, FBSP, BWS
Ray is a well known and prolific professional artist and teacher