Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Rosemary & Co Travel Brushes (full range)

Some of my collection of Rosemary & Co travel brushes in their roll.

I've written about Rosemary&Co brushes before here, but wanted to update the Travel brushes, also called Reversible or Pocket brushes. This is the largest range of travel brush sizes and styles currently available and being a direct-to-artist manufacturer, the prices are very reasonable.

I caught up with Rosemary at the Amsterdam Urban Sketchers Symposium in July, where, once again, she was one of the sponsors. I was able to see some of the new brushes they have created, as well as some that have changed a bit. Here is the complete range, including the old and new versions of a couple of them. The full range is mostly natural hair, with some a mix and one a full synthetic. As I love natural hair brushes I haven't actually tried the synthetic, but I recently bought it so I had it for my students to try!

As you can see, most of these are well loved. The sables are Kolinsky sable, the mixes are a mix of sable and synthetic and there are a few squirrel brushes as well.

Rosemary&Co Travel (or Pocket or Reversible) brushes - R0, R1, R2, R3, R3 (new larger case version), R4, R5, R6, R7, R8 (new larger case version), R8, R9 (ferrule version), R9, R10, R11, R12, R13, R14, R15, R16 (new).
Here is a closer view for a comparison of the brush head shapes and sizes.
Close up of Rosemary&Co Travel brushes - R0, R1, R2, R3, R3 (new larger case version), R4, R5, R6, R7, R8 (new larger case version), R8, R9 (ferrule version), R9, R10, R11, R12, R13, R14, R15, R16 (new).

And now a bit more detail.

This first photo shows the Kolinsky sable pointed rounds. From top to bottom you can see the R0 pointed sable round, the R1 pointed sable round and the R2 pointed sable round. Next is the original R3 pointed sable round, and below that the new larger case version of the R3. They equate approximately to a size 4, 6, 8 and 10. They are great sable brushes with a good point. If you just want one travel brush, I'd recommend considering the R2 (size 8) for smaller sketchbooks or the new R3 (size 10) if you work larger.

From the top you can see the R4 1/4" sable flat, the R5 sable rigger, the R6 sable filbert, the R7 sable comber, the old version of the R8 sable mop followed by the new larger case version, with the bottom one being the R9 squirrel mop.

From the top you can see the Ferrule version of the R9 and the Mop version again below that. The R9 is another excellent choice if you just want to get one brush, and the ferrule version may feel more familiar in your hands. Squirrel brushes are very soft and great for larger washes.
Next is the only pure synthetic brush in the range, the R10 size 8. Then the R11 Red Sable size 10.

From the top is the R12 1/4" red sable dagger, the R13 extra pointed sable mix round, then the new version of the R14 small squirrel mop. Next is the R15 oval squirrel and the newest to the range the the R16 3/8" red sable dagger in the new larger case. I really like this brush, even though I do most of my paintings using rounds. Some of my students use only the dagger brushes - they also work as a single brush to use for everything.

I've used Rosemary & Co travel brushes a lot over the years. It's quite a remarkable range and as a company they are prepared to listen to feedback and improve the brushes or add to the range, which is terrific.

They are exploring different ways to add labels, different handle types, different hair shapes. Getting the larger cases took some research and effort but was requested by the artists who are using the brushes. I'm particularly enjoying the larger dagger and the new larger case R8. My previous old version was almost worn out!

Update - June 2020 - the range has expanded further.
There is now
R17 - Pocket Round Sable Mix (small) - designed for colleges and students and as a cheaper introduction to travel brushes.
R18 - Pocket Round Sable Mix (medium)
R19 - Pocket Round Sable Mix (large)
R20 - Pocket Pure Kolinsky Short Flat (perfect for colour charts, but also doors and windows!)
R21 - Pocket Pure Kolinsky Mop 3/0 size I am looking forward to trying this as I love the 2/0 mop
R22 -? I couldn't find this link
P23 - Pocket Snowdrop Pointed Rond size 8 (synthetic)
R24 - Pocket Eradicator small (a synthetic brush for erasing and lifting - a watercolour essential!)

I'll add these as I get hold of them. The R24 Pocket eradicator, R21 3/0 Mop and R20 Pocket short flat are already ordered :-)

Happy painting.