California Society of Printmakers
The California Society of Printmakers (CSP) was formed in 1968 by a merger of the California Society of Etchers, founded in 1913, and the Bay Printmakers Society, founded in 1955. This makes the CSP the oldest printmaking society functioning in the United States today. The current membership is composed of printmakers as well as art historians, supporters of the arts, art institutions and collectors; all committed to the print medium. The CSP is dedicated to enlarging understanding of contemporary printmaking among artists and the public, locally and nationally. Today, CSP has approximately 250 artist members, 19 honorary members, and 12 associate and patron memberships. CSP publishes the annual California Printmaker Journal and the semi-annual California Printmaker News brief.
I have used these exact brushes exclusively for over 30 years teaching art to students from kindergarten to college. They hold up extremely well, if washed properly. They also hold a point and can handle a lot of paint at once. If taken care of they can last for years of continuous use. Students appreciate their quality and get much better results with a higher grade of brush, I cannot believe that Loew-Cornell has discontinued making them; so get them while you can find them.
I've been using Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph Technical Pens since 1969. My aunt bought me my first set when I was 12 and I have used them daily ever since. I love the fact that I can mix my ink colors to match my watercolor or my wardrobe and use "Pelikan Drawing Ink A" almost exclusively. Though the inks made by Koh-I-Noor and Winsor Newton are satisfactory.
If you are a beginner, I would NOT recommend purchasing anything smaller than an 0 (0.35 mm). Even as a professional I find cleaning a 4x0 to be a challenge. I work most often with a 2x0, and find them to produce the smoothest flow, if kept clean.
- Colleen P in Homer, Alaska
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