Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A Creative Brush with Brushes - Using Toothbrush/Mermaid Brushes for Blending

 Hello, Crafty Makers!
After much cogitation, I have finally entered the Realm of The much touted "Mermaid/Toothbrush Blending Tool." 
Hex Appeal
To color this stencil, I used three brush sizes (only two are pictured below).  Additionally, to test and compare the two brands, I used brushes from both the Laromni and DSC Beauty brand. I was pleased with the performance of both brushes. I was able to control the ink application to achieve the look I wanted.
Ode To Jessie
For this project, I used the Laromni brushes exclusively.  I must admit that the Laromni set is probably the better of the two.  I just like the feel of these brushes in my hand when I am coloring or blending, the process seems smoother but, as I wrote previously, both do a good job of blending and coloring.
 Two brushes were used to color this project.  Because of all the tight spaces, having a thinner brush made it easy to get into all the crevices between the petals. Details for this project can be found here
Cleaning the brushes between colors is a simple matter of brushing them across a microfiber cloth.  This takes seconds and speeds up the work process. 
The DSC Beauty Brush Set came complete with 10 brushes and this handy drying/storage rack.  I ordered a drying stand on Ali Express ($5.06 + $1.79 for shipping) for my Laromni Brush Set.  These stands are convenient and reduce desktop clutter.
The only true difference I spotted in the brushes was the head size.  The Laromni brushes are just slightly larger. 
The Laromni Brush Set 
 Now that I am using these brushes on a frequent basis, I have taken this chart and fashioned one that helps me decide which type of brushes work best on my stamps and stencils.  
For Example, the Hexagon Stencil would be 09, 05, and 04.

 Why I switched to Mermaid/Toothbrush Blending Tools.

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