THE LITTLE BIG ONES

THE LITTLE BIG ONES

Intended on making me a compact setup for sketching on location, I got both the smallest METAL TIN WATERCOLOR BOX and DA VINCI KOLINSKY POCKET BRUSH #8 from KEN BROMLEY. Althought advertised as lightweight, the box has solid heft to it and I quite like it, substantial in feel and seemingly durable. The lid clicks firmly when shut, tin doesn’t look as it would open unintentionally and has an additional fold-up palette. It holds up to 8 full-pans or twice as much of half-ones. On top of all that, it can just cradle the said pocket brush between the rows of paint, as if these two were meant for each other.

PICTOGRAMAX - 2013 - DA VINCI POCKET BRUSH 8 - 001

The benefit of pocket brush for painting on-the-go is obvious – not only the tip hides protected in the handle while travelling, but also the brush transforms from a tucked-away midget to a full-sized capable tool. I don’t like working with tiny brushes and this one, once set up, certainly isn’t one. It can both deliver broad strokes and point sharply for detailed work. I wouldn’t mind if it was just a bit springier, but it’s no slouch and holds a lot of paint.

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Initially I pondered going for #10, but the video of all the sizes next to each other convinced me that #8 was just the right balance between size and portability. Both the box and the brush are shown on 9X12 LANGTON PRESTIGE ROUGH 300gr watercolor block, if you might need a reference of size. The SKETCH accompaining this mini-review has been done with this brush and Daniel Smith’s HEMATITE BURNT SCARLET.

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