Posted on Thu 06 Aug 2015
It has been an absolute delight to test these new handmade brushes from KUM in Germany and I hope my report gives you an insight in to their remarkable properties and encourages you to try them out. KUM have been making brushes for many years with the accolade of having the only active Golden Master Brush Maker in the world in their company; an achievement gained after 45 years’ experience.
Besides their classic brushes of hog hair bristle and fine hair for watercolour, KUM have developed a new type of synthetic brush with high-tech fibres, called Memory Point. These Memory Point brushes come in varying sizes and four shapes: Round, flat, cat’s tongue (similar to a filbert) and slanted.
They are entirely handmade, uniquely designed to be used with all media, and all have the same notable qualities.
The first thing to note is that while some brushes lose their shape after a period of time, these brushes, regardless of their size or shape, always retain a perfectly formed tip. This outstanding shape retention is due to their elastic fibres.
By varying the pressure on the brush, I was able to create with all the different styles of brush, fine detailed marks followed by thicker full-bodied marks and back to the finer mark. The versatile nature of the brushes allows them to be used for every type of painting; it’s quite an asset.