I broke out a new watercolor brush today. It was so much fun! If you’ve never tried it, you really should. It doesn’t have to be a new brush — any new tool will do. It’s especially fantabulous if the new tool has unique or unusual characteristics compared to your other tools.
I discovered this type brush a few months ago. Can you imagine?! I’ve been an artist of sorts my whole life, and here’s a brush I’d never heard of before.
The brush is a rigger, and the hair is remarkably long compared to a similarly sized round brush.
I read it’s called a rigger because it was originally used to create the straight lines of the rigging of boats. The idea being, I believe, that the long hairs allowed for the shaking in your hands to be less noticeable in the line. And yet, what I loved as I used it, was the fact that very slight movements of my fingers/hands created beautiful, non-straight, organic lines. I’m thinking there’s a connection between those two competing uses. I can’t yet express it, but I feel it’s there. I need to play a bit more.
Finished for the moment, I imagined my Kindergartners saying, “That’s so nice, Miss James. How did you do that?” Implying “How can you do that but I can’t?” I usually respond to that query by reminding them how long I’ve been playing and practicing. But today, I’d have to add, “And I used a really cool brush called a rigger. I’ll have to bring it in so you can try it”
Really beautiful. Looks like a Japanese calligraphy brush I have. I learned something new today!
It’s a good day! Thank you, my friend!
Thanks, Jojo. I was thinking about the connection to a calligraphic brush because of the way I felt like holding the rigger. Do you use the brush? Would love to see what you do.
oooh, now I want one of those brushes. maybe a special trip to the art store?
LOL I love a trip to the art store. I got mine from art-toolkit.com … Oh as well as one of her super mini paint palettes. I really like it for hiking trip painting.
Hiking trip painting is a brilliant idea. Love what you’re creating with this new brush!
Hiking trip painting is one of my favorite things to do. It’s so much fun to sit and paint — figure out what I want to paint, how I might paint it, and even how might I use nature to help me paint! 😀 It’s such a nice meditative, mindful practice for me.