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Handmade Dragon Sumi-e Paint Brush - Elizabeth Schowachert Art

Handmade Dragon Sumi-e Paint Brush


This brush was made with black bamboo and my high-quality mixed color horsehair. The bamboo handle has a leather hanging strap and has the image of a dragon carved onto the handle (the dragon image runs from end to end). The bristle has great flex, is soft and is very thick. This brush is a beast, it will make a wide variety of marks, including very large, expressive marks.

The brush handle has a carving of a dragon wrapping around the handle, end to end. It is hard to photograph and really shows much better in person.

Each brush I make is different and unique. I try to bring out the voices of the materials I use, connecting them with each other in a way that makes them feel complete.

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".

The 17" handle is big enough for this brush and is really comfortable to hold

5" mixed color horsehair bristles.

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