Sable/Kolinsky Brushes are not really made from sable hair at all. The hair comes from the tail of a species of mink that is a member of the weasel family, and is found in Siberia and North-eastern China. Because of its strength, spring, and ability to retain shape, its "snap", it is considered the finest fibre for watercolour and oil brushes. It holds a very fine point or edge. Kolinsky is considered to be a professional grade of hair, and if properly cared for, it will last for many years.
RAPHAEL KERVIN MONGOOSE BRUSHES
These brushes offer fine and springy fibres, between a hog bristles and synthetic fibre in character. It has always been associated with fine oil painting, especially where soft subtle brushstrokes and blending are required.
Kevrin fine, natural-hair brushes combine the precision and soft feel of sable with enhanced durability. Kevrin is an excellent sable substitute. Hairs resist staining, making them easier to clean and maintain. Ideal for watercolour, detailed brushwork and soft glazing in oil or acrylics.
RAPHAEL BROOSE BRUSHES
Long handled brush with specially selected hog bristles and treated to ensure perfect spring, longevity and artist satisfaction. Raphael developed the Paris Classic for the Impressionists, who asked for a brush that would offer looser and more expressive brushstrokes than traditional stiff bristle brushes. An authentic piece of 19th century art history, this brush offers today’s artist the same features that made it a favourite of the modern masters — superior, extra-white hog bristles, and soft, thick tufts that splay uniformly for expressive and generous applications of colour.
ISABEY ISACRYL BRUSHES
A revolutionary new synthetic brush consisting of four different diameter fibres, that are specifically made for oil paint to resit fibre degradation by solvents and varnishes.
Isabey Isacryl Synthetic is the finest handmade synthetic brush available. A special mix of thick, synthetic fibres replicates the finest natural hair with the durability of a synthetic so it keeps its tight shape longer than any other synthetic.
Isabey Isacryl brushes are ideal for oil paint and heavy body acrylics. They have an incredible feel and spring for unparalleled precision and control. Finely tapered hairs interlock, keeping a perfectly sharp point and edge resisting splaying when used with solvents.
RAPHAEL KAERELL BRUSHES
An extensive range of short-handled synthetic brushes that keep their shape and are professionally bonded for fibre retention. It’s an excellent and economical brush for acrylic, gouache, and watercolour painting.
GESSO, VARNISHING AND EFFECTS BRUSHES
The Alchemist stocks a great selection of natural hair and synthetic brushes specifically designed for priming, varnishing and decorative effects.
A solvent free, non-toxic hand and brush cleaner for safely removing oil and acrylic paint.
Work into the brush bristles and wash under running water to remove paint.
Even dried paint can be removed by soaking brushes or fabric in Safe-Clean-up overnight.