2600S Monza® Synthetic Mongoose Brushes

Monza® is one of the most unique brush series manufactured by Silver Brush Limited. Originally created to cater to world-class decorative artists like Debbie Cole, these brushes are now well-loved by a wide variety of painters within the artistic community.

What originally drew decorative artists to Monza® is its short-length-out synthetic mongoose filaments. The shorter length of the filament allows for tighter control over your strokes and the amount of paint you lay down. In addition, the synthetic filaments are extremely durable meaning artists can paint on nearly any surface they desire without fear of ruining their brush.

Artwork by Debbie Cole

Monza® is known for its fantastic endurance, which is why oil painters like Maria Chernobrovkina love to use it for plein air paintings in harsh winter landscapes similar to the one pictured below. Lesser brushes would quickly be damaged in oil paints due to the harsher chemicals involved but Monza® holds up to even the most rigorous treatment. Just make sure to clean it with an odorless solvent when removing oil paint from the filaments!

Although acrylic and oil painters have been using Monza® for over 20 years, more recently it has become popular for gouache as well. Tina Druce-Hoffman, an artist known for her gouache paintings, says: “Many fantastic things can be said about the Monza® synthetic mongoose brushes. Aside from the filament’s phenomenal ability to spring back, they hold gouache remarkably well. They are fantastic at retaining their shape over long years of rugged use. Unlike some brands, theses filberts have a gentle dome and shorter filament which tends to offer multiple levels of control to the user. Their brights create sharp edges and thin lines. Whether I am working on florals or out plein air painting, I always find myself reaching for my trusty Silver Monza® filbert size #12 first.” 

Monza® can be used for a variety of techniques including blending, double loading color, layering, wet-in-wet techniques, stroke work and so much more. A gentle scrub can lift color to create clouds or remove missteps. No matter which medium you are using, Monza® maintains its chiseled edge and sharp point when wet.

Artwork from left to right by: Tina Druce-Hoffman (gouache), Maria Chernobrovkina (oil) and Kayla Koeune (oil)

If you want to try out Monza® for yourself, visit our Store Locator to find a retailer near you or check out our list of online resellers and have the brushes delivered instead!

4 Perfect Plein Air Brushes

Silver Brush manufactures a variety of brushes perfect for painting en plein air. The warm weather of June means that lush landscapes are blooming, the water’s edge is calling, and people-watching has never been better, so get outside and paint!

1000 Grand Prix® (for traditional oil paints)

  • Premium Chungking white hog bristle with natural flags to grab and carry color and expertly cupped hairs that maintain their sharp edges when wet
  • Specifically designed with a matte handle so it doesn’t reflect sunlight into your eyes
  • Long handle so you can stand back from your easel while painting a sweeping landscape and maintain your perspective

What sets Grand Prix® apart? The finest quality hog bristles for the discerning oil painter

Artist Aaron Thompson with Grand Prix®

1100 Silverstone® (for traditional oil paints)

  • High-quality Chungking white hog bristle brushes with natural flags to grab and carry color and expertly cupper hairs that maintain their sharp edges when wet
  • Specifically designed with a matte handle so it doesn’t reflect sunlight into your eyes
  • Extra-large filbert sizes
  • Long handle so you can stand back from your easel while painting a sweeping landscape and maintain your perspective

What sets Silverstone® apart? BIG filbert brush sizes make this a favorite for oil painters who create murals and other large-scale paintings

Photo by artist Luis Colan

3100ST Black Velvet® Voyage (for watercolor, gouache, inks and dyes)

  • Brush detaches at the center and the head tucks into the handle so it can fit securely in your palette without fear of damage to the hairs
  • Small hole at the end of the handle allows the brush to breathe if tucked inside the cap while still wet
  • Light-weight and comfortable in your hand for hours of painting

What sets Black Velvet® Voyage™ apart? The finest quality, naturally soft squirrel hair with a unique blend of synthetic filaments make this brush SUPER thirsty, SUPER pointy when wet and SUPER loved by watercolorists all over the world

Artist Asya Chardymskaya painting by a stream with Black Velvet® Voyage™

2400S Ultra Mini® (for watercolor, acrylic or water-based oil paints)

  • The perfect companion for artists who enjoy painting miniatures on the go
  • Small and lightweight, they fit perfectly in nearly any travel bag
  • Can be used in any medium
  • Extra small sizes and a wide variety of shapes to achieve any stroke

What sets Ultra Mini® apart? Uniquely designed Comfort Grip® handles allow the artist to paint for hours with ease of use and contentment

Miniature painting by Tina Britney using an Ultra Mini® brush

Remembering Everett Raymond Kinstler

Everett Raymond Kinstler was one of the greatest American portrait artists of our lifetime. Sadly, on Sunday May 26, 2019, Raymond passed away, leaving a legacy that many artists can only dream to achieve.

Although Raymond was best known for his portraiture, he actually started his career as a comic book and magazine illustrator after dropping out of high school. He is credited with influencing pop art style illustration and working on westerns like The Shadow and super hero stories like Doc Savage. Eventually, Raymond sought to expand his artistic knowledge and took some figurative and portrait classes that ultimately changed the trajectory of his career.

Among the many celebrities and public figures Raymond painted are actress Kathrine Hepburn, former President Clinton, Supreme Court Justine Ruth Bader Ginsberg, astronaut Scott Carpenter, pro golfer Bryon Nelson, actor John Wayne and so many more. Two of his works hang in the White House as official portraits for Presidents Regan and Ford while 84 of his other works hang in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.

Raymond was not simply a paramount contributor to the art world, he was also a teacher, mentor and friend. Silver Brush Limited owner and founder, Dee Silver, had been a close friend of Raymond for decades. Ever since Raymond helped found the Portrait Society of America 20 years ago, they always greeted each other at the annual portrait show to share laughs, memories and experiences in the art industry. May Ray’s spirit, talent and teaching methods continue into eternity.

From left to right: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Ronald Regan, actress Kathrine Hepburn


In the early 1990s, Silver Brush began manufacturing sets of brushes specifically curated by Mr. Kinstler. These brushes from the SBL line were hand-chosen by him because he believed they were the best tools for portrait or landscape artists to use on their oil paintings. For more information, please contact us