Monday, September 21, 2015

Review: WAMP brushes

Hey everybody,

As some of you might know I made the decision to buy an airbrush early on in my 'painting career'.
The result of this is that I taught myself a bunch of cool masking and airbrush tricks, but I kind of neglected my brush skills.

Some of my more recent projects required me to do some more brush work. The kickstarter from WAMP launched around that time. This was a great opportunity to get myself some good brushes to 'brush up' my skills.

The kickstarter was a success! They got £42.843 while their goal was only £850. I got the starterset which includes the fine detail, detail, basecoat and freehand brushes. When I received the brushes this summer (2015) I decided to try them out and write a review.

The brushes are labeled with the task it was designed for. No more numbers like 00, 0, 1, 2 or 3 but clear names like fine detail, detail, basecoat and freehand. This doesn't mean you cannot paint details with your basecoat brush but it is more of an recommendation. This is supposed to make it easier for beginners and I think it really does!

The brushes are handcrafted by Rosemary & Co. This is a UK based company with a long track-record of making high quality artist brushes.

The handles of the brushes are thin and very light. The detail and freehand brushes have a nice and sharp tapered bristles where the basecoat brush is a little bit rounder, so it can hold more paint. The overall impression of the brushes is very positive!

This is how the brushes look after a few weeks of painting

I was happily surprised by these brushes. After months/years of trying to replace brush techniques with my airbrush my experience is that having the right tool does matter! Buying good brushes will not buy you skill but it does make it a lot easier and more enjoyable to learn new skills and try out those hard to master techniques.

The bristles have a nice 'flick' I think its called. That means that the bristles snap back into a point after you made your brushstroke on the model.

The only downside, for some reason they are not on their website. I don't know if the brushes have been released to the public yet or if they where kickstarter exclusive. I doubt this is the case though. There might be a delay before they release the the general public or they are currently sold out. If anyone knows please let me know in the comments!

** In the comments you can read the comment by Brett Johnson, stating that the brushes will be available soon but that they are waiting on some more stock before releasing them.**

So, that rounds up my review of this product. It is not my intention to push or promote this product in any way. I would like to explain my thoughts about this product and judge if it would be a safe investment or not. In my honest opinion: YES! I personally didn't have this much fun with 'analog painting' in a long, long time.

Thank you for reading and I hope to see you next time.


  1. Replies
    1. your welcome! :) thank you for the reply! :)

  2. Great to read your happy with them and your support is very much appreciated. The brushes are not available on general sale just yet as we are just waiting on some more stock for a few sizes before we release them. Hopefully within the next week or so.

    1. Thank you for the reply Brett! I edited in the additional info you provided. Feel free to use the review as you see fit.