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KUM Memory Point Brushes

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.

KUM Memory Point Brushes
  • Working with the brushes

    I spent some time testing the brushes with the various paintings you see on these pages, and using as many media as I could. The first thing I noticed was how comfortable they are to use and how nice they feel in the hand. They handled beautifully and were responsive regardless of the medium used.

    As painters we usually select a particular brand of brush for a given medium. Memory Point brushes are designed to be used with all media. I enjoyed using the Memory Point brushes for all my examples and interchanged them freely.

    I have been looking for a multifunctional brush for some time and although you might think to look at them, that they appear to be an ‘acrylic type brush’, they really do perform well with watercolour, acrylic and oil.

    I noted that, regardless of the style or size of brush, there was good take up and release of paint, and it was a delight to find these brushes lived up to their claims. They would be an advantage to both student and professional artists alike due to their responsive nature.

  • Watercolour

    I used three styles of brush for Gerberas (left) just to see what they could do. Each brush style has its own unique way of creating a different shape. The orange head was painted with a Round brush, the red head with the cat’s-tongue and the yellow one with the slanted brush. All the brushes had good spring, which is fabulous for painting and for lifting out.

    The Round and slanted brushes came back to a marvellous point for the finest detail; the slanted has the ability to create strokes, such as a leaf shape, from an acute point through to a lovely fat line, and the cat’s-tongue was good for creating the shapely petals. You can further appreciate the value of Memory Point as you move from fine lines to full-bodied and back again in an instant.

  • Oil

    Oil paint can be bruising on brushes, however these Memory Point brushes came up trumps, as they allowed me to work energetically and with good control to paint Seascape. I used a flat No. 12 brush for the sky, using its full width and cutting in with the sharp edge. For smaller areas I used the flat Nos. 6 and 8. I used Round brushes for finer stones and pebbles on the beach. The brushes all cleaned up well.

  • Acrylic

    For the painting, On the Beach (left), I mainly used the cat’s-tongue and flat brushes. The cat’s-tongue brushes were particularly good over the water for working between tricky areas, such as rock and weed. To be able to alternate quickly between the edge of the brush then turning the brush to a full-on brushstroke was an advantage. I also used small Round brushes for the figures and finer detail.

  • Fine hair brushes

    I include Simple Boat Study (left), which was painted using KUM’s Watercolour Fine Hair brushes, to show some of KUM’s additional products. These brushes are incredibly soft to use, hold a huge amount of paint and give good release.

    I did wonder whether I would find that a particular style of Memory Point brush would lend itself better to one medium, but this really wasn’t the case. I have used all the brushes with all media and would happily recommend them. KUM also recommend their use with gouache and silk painting. If you are thinking of buying some new brushes then these could well be the ones for you. Just think what you might paint.

    Cult Pens (www.cultpens.com/kum) is offering a buy-two-get-one-free deal on Memory Point brushes until the end of the year.


     

  • This product report is taken from the September issue of Leisure Painter

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    Posted by Jack tomasohn on Fri 15 Sep 19:00:01