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TIPS ON HOW TO CHOOSE THE CORRECT PAINT BRUSH FOR YOUR PAINTINGS

Imagine driving a car with bicycle wheels. Sounds ridiculous, right?

Then why use the wrong type of brush for your painting?

Choosing the right brush for painting is very crucial for the end result. It greatly influences the texture of your painting.

All the different varieties of brushes available in the market can be largely divided into two groups based on:

  1. Bristle used: depending on the bristle used, brushes can either be made from animal hair or synthetic material bristles mimicking the animal hair ones.
  2. Shape: based on the shape, brushes come in different options.  There are flat brushes, round brushes, filbert brushes, fan brushes, and rigger brushes.

Choosing the right bristle:

Soft bristle brushes are perfect for blending, creating softer and subtle textures. They give a smooth look to your paint strokes and are mostly used for water colouring where the paint colour medium is more fluid. It is not ideal for layering wet-in-wet.

Stiff bristle brushes are coarser and can hold a lot of paint. These are a good choice for creating rough effects and textures while painting. They are mostly preferred for oil colours and acrylic colour painting because they leave visible marks of pigment and are ideal for working with wet layers of paint.

Choosing the right shape:

  1. Flat brushes: the bristles in these brushes are long, rectangular in shape with square ends. They are used for making long bold strokes, or executing fine crisp lines using the edges. While painting, it smoothly covers a large area.
  2. Round brushes: these brushes have round or pointed tips. It is widely used for painting fine details, lines, and edges. 
  3. Filbert brushes: these brushes are a combination of flat and round brushes. They are long bristled with rounded tips. Making soft strokes and blending is perfect for filbert, but it can also be used to make different varieties of marks.
  4. Fan brushes: the bristles of these brushes are flat and splayed just like fans. It is an ideal choice to create textural effects for depicting grass, fur, bushes, cloudy skies, or highlights and shadows.
  5. Rigger brushes: these are very long bristled brushes with thin rounds. They are great for making delicate details, lines, and calligraphy texts.

Lastly, it is important to keep in mind the brush size too. For large areas and loose works big brushes are great, whereas small brushes are perfect for smaller areas and detailed work.

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