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Using modern techniques, the top-quality hog bristle is formed into an interlocking effect that ensures clean shape and excellent response. The Maestro-2 brushes hold plenty of colour in their "flags" and can be used for both sensitive and robust work with oil colour. Their distinctive black & red handles are perfectly balanced.

Flat lettering brushes were popularized by the Impressionists in the 19th Century, who used them for bold strokes and dabbing effects to describe dappled light. Today, flat brushes are popular for many painting techniques.

Bristle is the work-horse of oil painting, with the rule of thumb being: when the surface is dry, use bristle brushes; when wet, use soft brushes. Bristle brushes can be used for acrylic also, however acrylic paint is more difficult to clean from bristle than from synthetic fibres.

Cared for properly, Maestro-2 brushes will retain their shape for many years.

For three generations, Da Vinci, Germany, has created the highest quality artist and specialty brushes. Today, the family owned business offers the largest selection of artist brushes in the world. Each brush is crafted with pride to Da Vinci's exacting standards. Using the finest raw materials available, skilled brushmakers draw on centuries old wisdom and input from contemporary professional artists. Using the latest technical innovations, they create brushes of unsurpassed beauty, quality and endurance.