This was the 1st paint brush I made. The 1st modern paintbrush, I mean. I had done some handmade brushes for my tribal house before but they were quite different.
I took these pictures before I cut off the end to show that I had used a toothpick. The bristles were made from the feathers of a feather duster. The rest were all painted.
I wasn't very happy with it because it was too big. It was also quite a pain to make. So I decided to shave pencils instead after this 1st attempt.
Little did I know that shaving pencils was worse. First, I had to slice the toothpicks into 12 parts due to the extra small scale. Next, there was the sharpening of the tips. Then I painted the bottom black and then the tips with all the different colours.
After all that effort, the pencils stop being mere pencils. They became little precious stones such that when I accidentally tipped the cup over, I went to great lengths to find each and every one of them.
What of my first paintbrush? I have made quite a few since but this one, I must have dropped it somewhere. As at the time of writing this post, I only have these photos to show for and to remind me of how that first one was like.