Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Rosemary & Co Travel Brushes (updated)

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 different 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 almost 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 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, R8 (new larger case version), R9, R12, R13, R14, R15, R16 (new).

Close up of Rosemary&Co Travel brushes - R0, R1, R2, R3, R3 (new version), R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R8 (new version), R9, R12, R13, R14, R15, R16 (new).

Here they are a little larger. 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.



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 bottom here, since I don't have the R10 synthetic pointed or R11 red sable mix size 10 round, you see the R12 1/4" red sable dagger, the R13 extra pointed sable mix round, the old version of the R14 small squirrel mop 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'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!


Happy painting.

11 comments:

  1. I'm so happy they are now using the larger cases allowing for larger brushes. I see I am going to have to go back and order some newer versions with the large cases.

    And look at me! I can post again. It was a Safari thing. Apparently Google account no longer works with Safari but I can post just fine using Firefox.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes we've been asking for larger cases for a long time - took some finding I guess but much better than trying to squeeze the brush into a tight spot. Gives the hair a chance to dry and breathe a bit.

      Google+ and the changes have been a real pain. I have lost my Google+ followers but they may not know it - maybe they think I am not posting. I lost all their comments and discussions too. Frustrating. Good that you found a way back though :-)

      Delete
    2. I went to Rosemary's site and I found all but the R16 brush. It's not listed. Did you get an advanced model, not ready for sale, already discontinued? I was really interested in the R16. I've sent them an inquiry but haven't heard anything yet.

      Delete
    3. I hope I haven't put the cat among the pigeons showing that brush but I ordered it directly from Rosemary & co. along with a bunch of other brushes. (I stock some for my students so place orders all the time.) It can take a little while for the new ones to show up on the website. They are listed on the Australian site www.larrypost.com.au, who sell the full range of pocket brushes, for pre-order, so maybe they are just making more! Here is the link. https://www.larrypost.com.au/brands/rosemary-co/pocket-brushes.html?p=1

      Delete
    4. Ah, that explains it. It says "pre-order" and delivery is revised to September. I did send Rosemary an inquiry so I suspect I'll eventually get a reply when the brush is up and available from the website.

      Delete
  2. I'm so happy they are now using the larger cases allowing for larger brushes. I see I am going to have to go back and order some newer versions with the large cases.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Google+ and the changes have been a real pain. I have lost my Google+ followers but they may not know it - maybe they think I am not posting. I lost all their comments and discussions too. Frustrating. Good that you found a way back though :-)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Positive site, where did u come up with the information on this posting?I have read a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style. Thanks a million and please keep up the effective work. amo travel

    ReplyDelete
  5. Fantastic post.

    Really enjoyed reading it and it held my attention all the way through! Keep it up.

    Read my Latest Post

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hi Jane! I would love to know how is Rosemary's spring back level versus the brands? I might need to get these as I can't find good synthetic traveling brushes. I have recently purchased a Isabey's travel brush, and would love to know what I might have missed. :) I discovered strong spring is what seems to be important for me.

    Also I had taken your advice last time on trying out their synthetic brushes and they work great! I have also gotten Escoda synthetic and Da Vinci Casaneo. I started with Casaneo, they are really great, except the tip curled within a month, perhaps due to my daily usage. I also want to add that Proarte is also a great brand to try, and all of these brands can be found easily in Europe, but Jackson's art carries them all, and has free shipping worldwide over 20 pounds.

    Thank you again for your help, and the endless knowledge you have shared on your blog, it has been really really instrumental to a semi-beginner like me!
    Cecilia

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. High quality sable brushes will have the spring you are talking about. The Rosemary & Co R0, R1, R2 and R3 are all lovely sable pointed rounds with excellent spring. Look after them and they will last a long time. That includes drying them as much as you can before putting them away in their cap and not 'drilling' into your paint with the point of the brush. Wipe it over the surface of the watercolour pan for best results. (I show that in my YouTube videos)

      I know Isabey make a lovely travel squirrel quill - not sure if that is what you bought - which will be softer than sable but excellent for 'drawing with paint'. Caseneo is a synthetic squirrel so softer than a real sable would be.

      Delete