Da vinci Series 488 Spin Synthetic French Quill Mop brushes are made from light brown synthetic fibres and are finished in a ‘French’ wire mop style with plastic quills. These brushes have short wooden handles finished with a transparent lacquer.
The synthetic hair of these brushes has a very smooth texture and is ideally suited to liquid colour - especially watercolour and silk painting. They have excellent snap and form an excellent point, so they can be used for the largest washes or the smallest detail. The design of this brush also means that it holds a remarkable amount of water.
Available in sizes 0 through to 10, but not in size 7 and 9.
I got the #10 which is big for sketchpad work and it allows me to do all kinds of marks, both smaller and big, retains its shape and then I also put a little brush soap on it, washes easily, it's soft but springy Alexis Moore (Miami, USA) on 22 Jun 2019
Wonderful brush for watercolour. It holds its shape and water better than some of my Kolinsky Sable brushes. It has a really fine tip, which allows me to use it for initial washes right through to fine detail. Highly recommended. Jane Bevans (Taunton, United Kingdom) on 14 Jun 2020
I attend a Zoom watercolour course and the tutor has demonstrated watercolour painting with these brushes. Long brush filament. As with all brushes you have to practise using them in painting. Suzanne Simpson (Chelmsford, United Kingdom) on 7 Apr 2021