White Deer Tail Sumi-e Paint Brush with Beautiful Natural Tipped Ends WTD #102
This unique and beautiful brush was made with Flathead lake driftwood and white deer tail, which has wonderful natural tipped ends and a traditional Sumi-e bristle head shape. The brush ferrule was made with a large fish vertebrae. The driftwood handle is super satiny, and smooth. The deer bristle is super soft, has uncut tips, great flex, strong spring, and will make a wide variety of marks. The bristle head has a traditional Asian brush shape. The brush bristle will hold a good amount of media and can make a very fine, pointed tip if desired.
The brush has:
- A leather hanging strap
- Fish vertebrae ferrule
- The deer bristle is 3.5" 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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My brush is a piece of art in itself. It is beautifully, carefully constructed. The bone ferrule is extraordinary. To be honest, I have yet to have the courage to dip it in ink! However, I have a strong feeling that when I do use it (it's rather like using paper from a 1750's book - it takes a firm resolve to make the first step!), it will make beautiful fine lines as the tail is soft, but sturdy, and is tapered.
As I am a novice sumi-e painter, I find Elizabeth's brushes to be things of beauty to be cherished for that alone. As I progress and gain skill, I will reach a point when I feel I can do the brush justice as a tool and not just a work of art. I see lots of practice in my future!