I am attached to these implements most of all. I happened to come across a squirrel mop at a local art store and on a whim and some suggestion by the friendly shop keeper, I bought it – was a W&N, size zero squirrel mop/quill. The best $25 were spent there and then. Winsor and Newton sells a mean squirrel mop but they never seem to be freely available. Local art store is more than happy to order them for me. A size 0 is as good as a standard round #8. Talking about rounds, I own a Winsor & Newton Series 7 round #8 and round #10. Their feel is different from the more slick squirrel mops – the spring is higher and strokes have more character. However, the mops hold a lot more pigment and water reducing the number of times one has to return to the palette.
Over time, I’ve had time to reflect and have collected my thoughts on why mops in this lengthy article with links. Click green button below.