As the name implies, these brushes are, well, JUMBO! Sizes include 30, 40 and 50. Silver Jumbo™ brushes have a sleek, natural wood handle attached to a thick ferrule full of filaments that will capture and carry a large amount of color to your painting surface.
Worried about a wiggly ferrule because of the weight of heavy bodied paints? Not with these babies! Four nails are set into the ferrule on each brush so that when it is loaded with that thick acrylic phthalo blue paint you love so much, the head won’t loosen or fall off the handle.
We know that every artist prefers a certain brush shape, and that’s why the Silver Jumbos™ come in a nice variety: round, flat, filbert, angle, chisel fitch and landscape oval. The chisel fitch is exclusive to the hog bristle series. It features finely chiseled bristles so you can make sharp edges and fine lines despite the brushes’ large size. The chisel fitch also has an extra-long handle so you can get those hard-to-reach spots on your canvas.
Standing out all on its own is the landscape oval brushmade with brown hog bristle. It is perfect for landscape techniques a la Bob Ross. Dabble in clouds, mottle down some bushes or trees and gently blend out any mistakes you may have made along the way.
Happy Independence Day! Are you planning to paint over the long weekend? Whether you are set-up in a park, at the beach, poolside or in the comfort of home, get festive with these red, (Silver)white and blue handled mixed-media brushes.
Red – Golden Natural® Mediums: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Gouache
Golden Natural® is a multi-media artists’ dream brush! These handsome, short handled, wine red beauties feature a blend of super absorbent natural hair and springy synthetics. This unique blend makes Golden Natural® easy to control plus they hold onto color and lay it down with silky smooth precision no matter what medium you are using. Perfect for double-loading watercolors, fine details in oil or broad strokes in acrylics. Notable Point: Rounds come in small sizes, making them ideal detail brushes
White – Silverwhite® Mediums: Watercolor, Soft bodied or liquid Acrylic, Gouache
Silverwhite® brushes are a fantastic option for watercolor artists who don’t want to use a natural hair brush. Many artists argue that a synthetic brush will never be as absorbent as a natural hair brush but Silverwhite® boldly challenges that assertion! It’s true that Silverwhite® is 100% synthetic, however, it is specially designed with multi-diameter filaments that absorb and hold onto color until the brush reaches your paper and then it releases with perfect control. Best part? No pooling of color! Just perfect release, stroke after stroke. Notable Point: This series comes in long handle or short handle!
Blue – Bristlon® Mediums: Heavy bodied Acrylic or Oil
Bristlon® long handle brushes have been called the “Ferrari of brushes”. We promise they live up to the name! Sleek lines, balanced handling, smooth strokes, superior quality, and commanding marks are all hallmarks of this series. Like Silverwhite®, Bristlon® is fully synthetic but with much stiffer multi-diameter filaments. You can count on Bristlon® to push heavy-bodied paint with authority, hug every curve with precision and maintain chiseled edges without fail. Notable Point: Specially processed filaments allow you to paint on rough surfaces without fear of compromising the texture of the fibers. Side note: DO NOT clean a synthetic brush with harsh solvents like turpentine Be sure to clean with artists’ grade odorless solvent only!
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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.
Monza® is known for its fantastic endurance, which is why oil painters likeMaria Chernobrovkina love to use it forplein 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 outplein 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.
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!
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!
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
Silver Brushes’ Atelier™ Quill series features 3 different types of quill. Each quill has their own unique strengths that can lend different techniques to your painting. In addition, every brush is carefully crafted with balanced wooden handles and decorative copper wire at the ferrule for added style. No matter what your medium, one of these quills is the perfect brush to make your mark.
5025S Atelier™ Squirrel Blend Quill Uses: laying down a wash, wet-in-wet techniques, fine lines, broad strokes, leaves and petals Medium: Best in Watercolor or softer-bodied Acrylics but can also be used in Oil
Blend of soft squirrel hair and multi-diameter synthetic filaments
Squirrel hair allows for maximum color absorption while the synthetic fibers give the quill body and a slight snap
Ability to maintain sharp point when wet
Comes in sizes as small as 00, great for details when gentle pressure is applied
Excellent mop brush
Favored by watercolor artists because of its’ ability to absorb and hold color
We recently interviewed artist Ethan Diehl after meeting him at the 2019 Portrait Society of America show in Atlanta, Georgia. Ethan has an astounding talent for photo-realistic oil paintings. In fact, his paintings are so realistic that he even has a disclaimer at the top of his website that says, “Yes, these are paintings.” See for yourself!
SBL: When did you start painting and what inspired you to pick up a paintbrush? Ethan: I started painting almost before I could walk. Granted, it wasn’t in oil (closer to Gerber’s baby food), but it was the starting point. My mother babysat a bunch of kids, and she converted our basement into an art room. A half dozen young artists, mastering our watercolor craft. I didn’t start painting in acrylics until junior high, and oils didn’t come on the scene until college. I don’t know why I picked up a paintbrush. I’ve always liked the visual world. The stars at night. Storms on the horizon. Movies. Paintings. All of it. Being able to capture images that lived in my head, and in front of me, always seemed special to me. Like my superhero power.
SBL: Do you have any formal training or instruction? Ethan: I went to Stanford to study rocket science. Literally. However, after a year of not enjoying my classes, I started to take studio art classes. One of them, a drawing class, was taught by Nathan Olivera. Nate was an incredible person. We hit it off in his class, I completely changed the direction of my studies, and he became my art mentor. More than simply learning the technical side of making art, Nate taught me how to pay much closer attention to what was right in front of me in the visual world.
SBL: Before you became a full-time artist, what did you do? Ethan: The concept of full-time artist makes me chuckle. I knew very early on that it would be nearly impossible to make a living by just selling art. So, I got a job, which I still have, as a software developer. I’ve been doing that for 21 years. However, this doesn’t mean that I don’t put in a fulltime amount of work each week in the studio. I do. I’ve been doing 40+ hour “work” weeks + 40+ hour “art work” weeks for almost 15 years.
SBL: What is your favorite subject to paint and why? Ethan: People are my favorite subject. Primarily women. This isn’t exactly an original concept in the art world. Haha. I like spending my time focusing on the beauty that only women bring to the world. Within the subject of women, I only paint women I know. It’s important for me to have a personal connection to my subjects, because it takes SO long for me to complete my paintings. I really don’t want to spend months on end staring at a strange face in my studio.
SBL: How long have you been usingSilver Brushesand why do you like using them? Ethan: I have been using Silver Brushes, and only Silver Brushes, since 2004. That was the year that I started my professional art career. I only use 1 particular brush: the Silver Bristlon® Flat size 0. My paintings are made of tens of thousands of squares of oil paint. Each square is 1/6 in by 1/6 inch. The Flat 0 is the perfect width for that size square. The way that the bristles are constructed works well for me, too. I like the flex of the bristles as I’m working on the squares. Once I found this one brush, I was hooked.
SBL: Can you explain your painting process further? Ethan: I use a pencil and ruler to turn my canvas into the equivalent of a super-sized piece of graph paper. Then, I spend months looking back and forth between my computer monitor (which has a pixelated image), and the canvas, and painting tiny squares. My Silver Brushes are never the same afterwards. I normally use 1 single brush per painting, and then the brush is “retired”. This process is not recommended for anyone else. It works for me, but it’s painful.
SBL: Have any artists influenced or inspired your work? Ethan: Chuck Close specifically influenced the way that I paint, from a technical aspect. I’m inspired by living artists like Jenny Saville, Mark Tansey and Banksy.
Silver Brush Limited® manufactures three different styles of hog bristle brush, each with unique features that set them apart. Whether you are an oil painter or acrylic artist, an easel enthusiast or a plein air aficionado, chances are that one of these brushes is perfect for you!
Grand Prix® – “Unparalleled Perfection”
Grand Prix® is an oil painting brush handmade by the world’s most highly trained brush makers.
High-quality Chungking white hog bristles are hand selected, skillfully cupped and artfully placed into an extra-long copper plated ferrule and then triple-epoxy sealed to ensure durability and longevity
The bristles have highly prized deep natural flags (split ends) that allow the hairs to grab hold of color and lay it down evenly across your surface
Interlocked construction creates a natural tip that goes back to a point or edge after each use
Matte green handle is ideal for plein air painters because the sun won’t reflect into your eyes
Our only series that offers 3 different length filberts: traditional, long and extra-long. These longer length bristles are a favorite among portrait artists
Silverstone™ – “Superior Quality”
Silverstone™ is also handmade with excellent quality Chungking white hog bristles and an extra-long nickel-plated brass ferrule for added durability
Natural flags (split ends) help carry color and lay it down evenly and smoothly
Interlocked construction creates a natural tip that goes back to a point or edge after each use
Extra-large filberts in sizes 14, 16, 18 and 20 are perfect for large canvas
Unlike Grand Prix®, this series includes fan brushes which are perfect for landscape and background painting
Perfectly balanced handles that easel painters adore with a matte maroon finish that plein air artists prefer
Cambridge™ – “Uniquely Blended Series”
Cambridge™ is a blend of natural hog bristle and synthetic filaments, making this an excellent oil OR acrylic brush. Natural hairs hold onto color while synthetics lend extra durability and snap
More absorbent than typical acrylic brush
Stiffer than most bristle brushes
Triple epoxy seal on the ferrule that keeps the hairs in place and creates a moisture barrier that protects the handle
Can be cleaned with either an odorless solvent (oils) or water (acrylic)
Affordable and durable – great for beginner or intermediate artists
Silver Brush Limited® manufactures a wide range of artists’ brushes for acrylic painting. In honor of Acrylic April, we are comparing three of our most popular series for this medium and how they stand out from a crowd!
Ruby Satin® is a synthetic filament that imitates mongoose. These beauties come in both short or long handle versions and feature a perfectly balanced deep green colored handle and deep ruby colored filaments with a medium stiffness.
Can be used in soft, medium, or heavy bodied acrylics (and oils when cleaned with an odorless solvent)
Large size short handle brights are perfect for painting broad landscapes and backgrounds
Short handle detail brushes are excellent for creating fur, grass or eyelashes
Unique shapes like triangle, grass comb, monogram liner, and dagger are favorites of decorative artists
Plenty of snap to make the filaments come back to a point
Silver Silk 88™
Silver Silk 88™ is our newest series of brushes. This series comes in long and short handle versions. Silver Silk 88™ features a soft synthetic silver colored filament with slightly less snap than Ruby Satin®.
Designed specifically for use in fluid acrylics, interference acrylics and jar acrylics but can also be used in watercolors, gouache and other water-based media
Unique shapes like cats tongue, deerfoot stippler, soft curve and ribbon striper
Easy to control and make your mark with precision
Smooth, even strokes
The Art Sherpa™ The Art Sherpa™ series of brushes were designed with help from Cinnamon Cooney, A.K.A. The Art Sherpa, who teaches acrylic paintng techniques to her YouTube audience. With almost half a million followers on her channel, Cinnamon is the most popular acrylic teacher on YouTube. She loves using heavy-bodied acrylic paints and The Art Sherpa™ brushes are uniquely qualified to push heavy paints with authority.
Our stiffest synthetic series
Perfect for pushing heavy bodied paint into canvas
Withstands rigorous treatment while maintaining their sharp edges and fine points
Unique shapes like Cloud™, Cats Tongue and Fan
Goldilocks™ bright brush – not too big, not too small – it’s just right!
Golden Natural® has been a member of the Silver Brush Limited product line for over 20 years. This versatile series has innumerable positive qualities, but we chose the Top 5 Reasons you should have Golden Natural® in your hand:
It’s An “All Media” Brush
Yup, you read that right! Golden Natural® can be used in watercolor, acrylic or oil paints. These brushes are gentle enough to lay down watercolor washes without lifting, but strong enough to push heavy acrylic paint across a canvas or withstand rough treatment with oils.
Longevity and Performance
Golden Natural® has a blend of natural animal hair and synthetic golden taklon. Why does that matter? Having natural hair means better absorbency and smoother color release and the synthetic filament offers durability and snap
Golden Natural® is an excellent brush for illustrators because they offer very precise control over your color. These red-handled beauties glide effortlessly across your painting surface and release color evenly and slowly without puddling
Variety of Sizes
Unlike some brush series, Golden Natural® boasts very tiny round sizes like 5/0, 3/0 and 2/0 making these brushes an excellent choice for fine lines and details such as eye lashes, blades of grass, whiskers, or miniature paintings. If a larger size is more your speed, Golden Natural round brushes go all the way up to a size 12.
The Price is Right!
Golden Natural® is an excellent quality brush that will last for many years with the proper care. It falls right in the middle of the road as far as price but you can expect it to perform and last longer than almost any brush in your collection.
Here’s what artists have to say about Golden Natural®:
“These brushes are a dream to use!” – Artist Drew Europeo (Watercolor)
“The Golden Natural® brushes give the artist the performance of a fine Red Sable brush. Its natural hair carries more paint while synthetic hair delivers durability to keep precise chisel edges and sharp points. The wide variety of shapes and sizes offers the perfect brush for any painting project.” – Artist and Teacher Earline Padgett (Acrylic and Watercolor)
“I wish I could explain to every person that contemplates buying a brush, what AN AWESOME BRUSH Golden Natural® is!! It is worth the money and it outperforms, and out lasts just about everything. It is so perfect in so many ways. One day folks will wake up and realize they have been wasting money on cheap tools, when they could have bought this one brush and been happy for years.” – Artist Beth Wild (Oil and Acrylic)
Whenever a company produces a new product, the months, weeks and days leading up to its release are a labor of love (and sometimes blood, sweat and tears). Silver Brush Ltd is no stranger to this. The very first fine artist brush series we manufactured was Grand Prix® over 28 years ago. To this day, it remains one of our best selling products, beloved by artists the world over including modern day visionaries like Nelson Shanks, Michael Shane Neal, Terry Strickland and Chantel Barber.
This past summer, our Grand Prix® and Renaissance® pure red sable brushes took on a new adventure with brothers Keith and Kyle O’Brien, owners of New Wave® Fine Art Products, and artists Kelly Foss and Aaron Thompson. Together with a photographer, they embarked on 20 mile round-trip hike up Mt. Haystack in the Adirondacks for a plein air photo shoot with Silver Brushes for the launch of New Wave’s u.go™Plein Air | -Anywhere™ Pochade Boxes.
“We intended to set up tents and hammock tents,” explains Kelly. “The weather was crazy in the Adirondacks as we did our 8 mile hike up to base-camp. When we arrived, we were in a downpour. We were happy to find a lean-to where we were able to stay dry and set up camp for the rest of our time on the mountain.”
Luckily, the sun came out allowing Kelly and Aaron to paint and the photographer to get some excellent photos of u.go™ Anywhere™ Pochade Boxes and Silver brushes in action.
“The whole point of going was to get insanely cool images of the product line in use in its natural environment,” says Keith. The u.go Anywhere™ Pochade boxes were designed to be taken from “sea to summit and anywhere in between” and they provide an ultra-lightweight and compact setup that is convenient for artists who prefer to stray from the beaten path while painting en plein air in order to find a truly magnificent landscape. The largest box, measuring at 11″x14.5″x1.25”,weighs only 3.15 lbs., the medium box weighs 2.1 lbs., and the small box weighs 1.35 lbs.
As a plein air artist, you’d be remiss not to bringGrand Prix®and Renaissance®brushes with you on such a trip so we made sure Kelly and Aaron were well supplied. Although neither artist had used Silver Brushes prior to this photo shoot, both quickly fell in love with Grand Prix’s® spring and Renaissance’s® durability.
“Usually I’m hesitant to use stiffer brushes (like Grand Prix®) because they can cut into the paint creating a streaky, harsh look. But these brushes have good strength in the bristles without being scratchy,” says Kelly.
“These brushes have real spring in their step!” Aaron exclaims, “Excellent flow. I am pretty rough on my brushes and these took some abuse better than most. I have a feeling they are going to break in beautifully. I really like the touch of the Grand Prix® long filberts, just beautiful…”
For more information about u.go™ Plein Air | Anywhere™ Pochade Boxes, please visit New Wave’s website, www.newwaveart.com.