I've learned a lot of hard lessons cutting corners when it comes to hobbying. I've been burned by cheap paints, bad glue and "home made" washes. But I've never been let down by cheap brushes.
When I started in the hobby, I had a mid-range set of sable brushes. I purchased them at a local art store and used them until my lack of care and handling destroyed them. Truth is, I don't want to spend time cleaning and caring for brushes when I'm done hobbying. I just want to rinse the brush off in the water dish, stand up and leave.
This causes them to have a short lifespan, of course. But thankfully, I discovered some cheap brushes that deliver great performance - and I don't feel bad when I have to chuck them after 4 months!
I grab these pre-packed, inexpensive brushes from (drumroll) walmart. Yes, the seventh circle of hell made manifest on Earth. I've memorized the fastest path to the art materials tucked away in the back of the store, between electronics and sewing. A quick glance through the peg to make sure I'm grabbing the 10 pack of detail brushes, and I'm out the door before my IQ drops.
This kit contains everything shown here:
and it costs less than a coffee at starbucks.
And they're surprisingly well crafted. I can get results like this.
When the paint builds up along the bristle base, due to my lack of proper care and cleaning, I just chuck them and buy another 10 for $4.
- excellent control / very fine points
- varied selection
- well crafted / no bristle loss
- You gotta go to walmart
Usually, you get what you pay for. This is one of the exceptions.