A unique brush for oil color, the Black Diamond series feature an unbleached, undyed, natural black hog bristle which is slightly more flexible than a traditional Chungking hog bristle. These bristles are interlocked with natural flags for sharper edges and better color lay down. They also offer a non-slip, soft black handle for better brush control and reduced hand fatigue. A black nickel-plated brass ferrule utilizes a special gluing and crimping combination that virtually eliminates bristle shedding.
Black Diamond - Bright
Bright: Length and width of brush is generally squared. Similar to flats, but shorter hairs make a stiffer brush. Good for laying down thicker paint and for short, controlled strokes. When worked with increased pressure, they can be used to remove paint. Bright brushes can create crisp, clean lines and can be used for blending.
Black Diamond - Fan
Fan: Brush fibers are spread out making it useful for subtle blending and for textural effects. A dry brush is often used to create hair, foliage on trees and shrubs, grass and in stiffer brushes is used for scrubbing out color. Fans can also be used to blend out strokes of other brushes.
Black Diamond - Filbert
Filbert: Also called a cat's tongue due to the flat, oval edge. Creates a softer edge than a flat or bright, and is used for blending particularly because the bristles stick together well when wet.
Black Diamond - Flat
Flat: Longer hairs than a bright, this brush has more flex and a large color carrying capability. Often used on its edge to create crisp lines or on the broad side to cover large areas with paint quickly. Often used as a primary blending brush.
Black Diamond - Round
Round: Shorter hair than a liner, rounds come in a wider variety of sizes from very fine to extra large. Smaller sizes are typically used for detail work and larger sizes tend to be used for washes and filling in color. A round brush stroke is tapered and can create lines that are fine to thick. The round has less versatility than the flatter brushes.