Product review: Robert Simmons and Winsor & newton round brushes

My aunt gave me these two brushes as gifts and I finally got a chance to try them out! She got them from Blick Art supplies L.a.

Top: Winsor and Newton Cotman round number 8

Bottom: White Sable Robert Simmons round number 10

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I tried various brush strokes and I now understand why they call the Robert Simmons brush as White Sable–the hair is synthetic but it behaves just like real sable, but springier, which I like in a brush. If you look  at the photo above, the tip of the Robert Simmons brush is more pointed when wet. The flex is also easier to control. The W&N cotman is also soft and flexible but compared to the white sable brush, I find it harder to control, as you can see in the sample strokes below. I had to stop in the middle of a stroke because the bristles kept going in every direction. This might be effective for larger pieces but I still prefer the robert simmons brush. The tip of the robert simmons brush is more pointy even if it’s number 10, as opposed to the w&n number 8.
At the bottom of page I tried using the brush as horizontally as I can to the page and didn’t see/feel much of a difference. The left is the robert simmons brush and the right one is the winsor and newton.

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I enjoyed the robert simmons brush so much I made a quick watercolor painting with it:

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Artsycraftsy experiment: Glow drawings!

I’ve been drawing on this black sheet that Nayna found from Divi. I like the surprise colors I get when I begin scratching the surface. I recently was able to buy Vogue Paris for dirt-cheap from Booksale and I’m using it as reference:

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I also tried to write a fave poem in it:

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The mag also inspired me to make quick fashion sketches, prada-inspired:

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I splurged on a chinese brush you can fill with water, and with the leftover ink, made a quick sketch of a rocky cliff with the sea:

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Things hoarded, organized

I’ve been cleaning our unit and found some items I previously hoarded to my delight: brushes, pens and pencils! 

I also found some stationery and stamps that I’ll be giving to daughters of my officemates. I realized that I have to curb my hoarding enthusiasm, so I snapped some photos to help me remember that I have more than enough (thanks, Universe!). I just uttered this wish to have said materials in my head, and lo and behold, friends and relatives and friends of relatives started to give me their pre-loved art materials, so that I could use them, they said.

These photos will remind me to use them, and to stop hoarding, hopefully:

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Artsycraftsy discoveries: Deovir

Have you been to Deovir? It’s heaven for me there! Shelves filled with arts and crafts materials, mostly from brands for pros, and a lot of them pique my curiosity.

I’ve been to all branches, but I’d have to say my fave would be the Sm North one, followed by the Megamall one because of the staff who patiently assisted me when I pestered them with my questions about the purpose of the items that interest me.

Alas I had to budget my monies so I couldn’t buy everything, but I settled for these (for the meantime hehe):

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I’ve been playing with them and I’m in love! I’ll definitely be saving up to buy more colors. 🙂