Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Rosemary & Co Travel Brushes

I've written about Rosemary&Co brushes before here, but wanted to update the Travel brushes, also called Reversible or Pocket brushes.

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.

Rosemary&Co Travel (or Pocket or Reversible) brushes - R0, R1, R2, R3, R3 (new version), R4, R5, R7, R8, R8 (new version), R9, R12, R13, R14, R14 (new version), R15, R16 (new).

Here they are a little larger. This first photo shows the Kolinsky sable pointed rounds. From bottom to top 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 above 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 bottom you can see the R4 1/4" sable flat, the R5 sable rigger, (I don't have the R6, which is a kolinsky filbert), the R7 Sable comber, the old version of the R8 sable mop followed by the new larger case version, with the top 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.


  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.

    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 :-)

    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.

    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

    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.