Finding the right artist brushes is going to be one of your greatest chalenges. But, it need not be. Just take your time to look over what is being offered. Consider that your brushes are what you will be using to apply the paint to the canvas. So, take note that selecting the right brush is very important. Of course, it is a different story if you are going to be painting with the palette or painting knife.
Understand, if you choose cheapy and poor quality brushes, you will end up with poor control over how the paint is applied to the canvas. I suggest that you choose a few good medium or better quality brushes to start.
Try to get the best quality artist brushes you can afford. Ultimately, you will be greatly rewarded for it. It is best to start out with about four to six good brushes. You can always add more as time goes by.
What is a good brush?
Sometimes it is hard to tell. However, if you choose artist grade brushes from an art supply store, and not one of those offers of twenty brushes for a buck, two ninety-eight you will probably do well.
Artist Brush Hair Types
There are different kinds of artist brushes for different kinds of painting. It is impairative that you choose the right kind.
- For oil painting the natural hog hair bristle brush is the one most artists use. It has the stiffness and spring necessary for the application of thick oil paints.
- The combination bristle brush consists of hog hair and a synthetic bristles. This brush is more flexible and can be used for both oil and acrylic painting.
- The sable hair brush can be used for smoother strokes and adding detail.
- The badger hair brush is even softer than the sable. It makes a good glazing and/or blending brush.
- Taklon – the most used synthetic material. It is used mostly for acrlic painting.
Artist Brush Shapes
The two most commonly used artist brushes are the flat and the bright.
- The flat because of it’s slightly longer bristle, is more flexible.
- The bright is a shorter version of the flat. It can create crisper brush strokes and texture than the flat.
- The hog bristle round is generally not used much.
- The filbert has oval shaped bristles that leave a rounded stroke.
- The fan brush can be used for creating clouds and some foliage.
- The round sable can be used for finer detail.
- The rigger or script liner – a thin long haired sable that can be used for thin lines, tree branches and for signing your name.