The element of air is warm and moist and related to the liver and blood. It represents the happy vitality of infancy and childhood. The fan brush cheerily softens harsh lines by spreading and blending paint, much like time and memories, for children, are blurred into a sort of pleasant focused continuum. We found the tiniest ferrule possible that can still create a joyful spread of spring squirrel hairs. This brush is your smallest fan.
These brushes are designed with oils in mind yet we don’t make the distinction between mediums; they work equally well with water and ink. As long as you keep your brushes each separate according to medium they will last you a good long while. We don’t make the tiniest brushes for oils since we believe that you don’t need so many brushes, only the best: you can repurpose your elemental watercolour or miniature ones for oils once their point has faded. The Rocks, Clouds and Water brushes, once they have faithfully served you with their sharp points for fine miniature lines, can have a second life as a companion in oils with their now-gently softened tips to create the soothing, mellow transitions used in classical oil painting. Although this semi-permeable membrane doesn’t work the other way round - you cannot easily use your oil brushes for water-based mediums once they’ve crossed the border and been dipped in oils - we present this series as a partner set to the original elemental series when they have been thoroughly used and loved.
Never chuck a brush!
Shown here with St John’s Wort pale red oil on marble.
This video was made possible with the assistance of Mr Caspian Prazmari.
Please note that because oils are a harsh environment for delicate squirrel, if you are unlikely to be able to wash your brush immediately after then we advise against using it with oils. Instead it performs equally beautifully in watercolours which are of a gentler nature.
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