How to Start Painting – Brushes

How to Start Painting – Brushes

Becky Joy

Now, what kind of brushes to buy? This is another area that I find students come with inadequate brushes that are very frustrating to use. Obviously, the brushes vary a lot and with each artist in their choices and it can be a daunting task to choose which brushes will work for you.  So, I’ll explain the uses of different brushes and tell you about what I look for and the parts of a brush.

Parts of the Brush

There are 4 main parts to a brush: 1. the bristles or hairs, which can be natural, synthetic or a combination of both 2. the ferrule is the metal part that holds the hairs into place 3. the crimp which is where the ferrule and the wood handle join. 4. the handle usually made of wood or plastic Oil or Acrylic Paint Brushes There are 10 different types of brushes, at least.

The flat “curved edge” is a new brush by Rosemary & Co. This is one I want to try next time I order. It works as a flat, but with softened edges.

The fan brush is used to blend and smooth and for textural effects.

The long flat brush can be used for covering large areas. The longer brush can be loaded with more paint. It makes hard edges, thin lines on edge and sweeping strokes. The bright brush is a shorter flat brush. It has more control and sharper edges. It can be used for thick and heavy paint.

The round brush is used for detail and depending on the size creates thin or thick lines.

The filbert brush creates soft, rounded edges and used for blending.

The angle brush paints, well, angles.

The rigger brush makes long, sweeping lines. Because of the length they will carry a lot of paint.

The egbert brush is similar to the filbert brush, but longer. Because of the length they will carry a lot of paint.

The dagger brush is a specialized brush that Rosemary & Co. carries. It has a lot of control and carries a lot of paint. Long handled brushes are made for standing at the easel.  Short handles are for when you are working over a piece of art on a table. Bristle brushes create harder texture in a painting. The softer “hair” brushes make softer marks.  

A palette knife is for mixing paint and is sturdier than a painting knife.

A painting knife is designed to have the hand lifted from the canvas when painting. If you had one knife, I would use the painting knife. It can be used for both jobs. A couple more  blog posts about supplies for the beginning painter.

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