Friday, November 11, 2016

BHA-Brush Hoarders Anonymous

BHA - Brush Hoarders Anonymous

Hi. My name is Terry and I am a brush hoarder.  There, I’ve admitted it.  I have hundreds of brushes. I just cannot throw them out!

My flats have evolved into filberts.  I have a container full of bristles that have aged into “scruffy brushes” perfect for foliage and fur.  There’s another container full of stained brushes reserved for Pthalos and Permasol blue.  The only kinds of brushes that go in the trash have broken handles or ruined ferrules (mostly my own fault for not washing them well or getting distracted and leaving them full of paint).

And yet the Siren still sings. I gravitate toward fine brushes. Sexy, silky sables.  Well-tied bristles. Full bodied synthetics.  Dollars fly off of my credit card into the coffers of the brush companies almost of their own volition.

Maybe I need to start a support group for brush addicts….

The addiction even extends to the digital world. My library of brushes for Photoshop, Illustrator and Sketchbook Pro is ever-growing as well. And I’ve recently learned how to make my own digital brushes, which could precipitate a larger external hard drive in the near future.

If you want to know more about (real) brushes, you can download an article I wrote on the subject by clicking HERE.

If you’ve not explored digital brushes to use with Photoshop and Illustrator, be sure to check out and the http://www, website hosts artists and designers that offer many custom brushes and fonts as well.

5 people who subscribed to my blog this week are benefitting from my hoarding habit and I’m mailing them each a beautiful red sable detail brush.  Thanks to all of you for your fantastic response to the launch of this blog! There’s a lot of neat stuff coming up so stay tuned!

TIP: Yesterday, Blogger Par Excellence James Gurney had an awesome post about artists using social networks. Check it out by clicking HERE 


  1. Wow! What a wonderful website you've created. I've never blogged but really appreciate all the info you've put out there. I AM A BRUSH HOARDER and the info is priceless! James Gurney is one of my heroes also. Thanks Terry for taking the time to create this website and share the knowledge.

  2. LOL, I guess I never looked at it that way. A great article on brushes.


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