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Black Horsehair Sumi-e Paint Brush - Elizabeth Schowachert Art

Black Horsehair Sumi-e Paint Brush


This unique and beautiful brush was made with bamboo root and black horsehair. The bamboo handle has a bamboo ferrule with the Mandarin symbol for simplicity carved into onto it. The black horsehair is a wiry, course, has great flex, strong spring and will make a wide variety of marks, from wide/dynamic to very fine.

I spent a lot of time (elbow grease) on the handle, curing and sanding it, making it soft and bringing out the natural character of the bamboo root.

The brush has:

  • A leather hanging strap with carved bamboo ferrule
  • The handle is made with a piece of bamboo root

Traditional Sumi-e style bristle head:

  • The Black Horsehair is 1.5" in length
  • The Handle is 10" in length

My brushes are made to create a vast array of marks. When I make a brush I think about all aspects of the tool: how it looks, how it feels in the hand and how it paints - to ensure that the end product is a true "fine art tool".

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How to Care for and clean a sumi-e brush

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