Artist's Back to Basics

Artists’ Brushes


A good brush – what makes you love it?

Have you ever stopped to consider how your favourite brush came to be in you hand?

The making of a brush is a skilled craft, even on a mass production level. An expert brush maker rarely trims the pointed ends of the brushes, but will comb and arrange the hairs by hand and adjust them within the ferrule (the metal grip) to give just the right shape, even utilising the natural curve of some bristles so that they form a gentle inwards curve called an ‘interlocking bristle’. Everything else also comes into play – the quality of the Gum Arabic (the glue) that holds the hairs together, the brush handle (the wood type, the handle shape and length and the lacquer) all contribute to the way the brush feels in your hand and how it performs when being used.

Everything has to be considered to make you, the artist, feel completely comfortable and one hundred per cent in control when you pick up your brush.

This does not mean that one good brush can rule the world because each brush needs to be tailored to its purpose: Watercolours, oils, acrylics, craft. This consideration makes the brush more unique and also ultimately makes you love it more, because it can do exactly what it bought it to do!

Roymac has been making brushes in this way since 1960 … and Roymac does it well because Roymac brushes are created by artists for artists.

Roymac’s Revolution brushes are made for lovers of innovation. Roymac has discovered a way to make a brush that performs almost a well as sable without the price tag. The taklon is made with revolutionary new technology that creates microscopic pock-marks on the surface of the fibre, replicating the scaling of natural hair. This allows for better material holding capacity and smooth, even release; stiffer filaments for sharper points and edges; and better fibre elasticity for superior spring and recovery. The nickel-plated ferrule resists corrosion from paint and water.

Roymac’s Revolution brushes are available in seven brush types for all watercolour and most craft applications.

A brush is as much about the fibres as it is about the handle. What’s the use having a brush made from the perfect sable hair if a well-balanced and comfortable handle does not complement it? Roymac Purity provides superb moisture holding capacity due to the unequalled natural scaling of pure Kolinsky sable hair, and the handle has been exclusively designed to give you ultimate balance and control. Ideal for watercolourists: Purity creates pure pleasure.

Whether you are an aspiring new beginner, a student or an expert in the field, Roymac has a brush to suit every artist’s needs.

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