Your Guide To Using Paint Brushes


Are you just starting out as an artist? Or just curious to learn more about all there is to know about art? Whichever it maybe, the best way to go about it is by educating yourself as much as possible while you imbibe the best art practices that work for you.

Often, using the right paint brush can make all the difference, when it comes to learning how to paint. Think of your paintbrush as if it were a magic wand! As you begin painting with different kinds of brushes, you will be able to identify better how that brush handles paint. The more you practice the sooner you will learn how to maneuver the brush across your canvas.

Before we move on to different types of brushes, here is an understanding of different parts of a brush.

Bristles: The hair or the bristles can be natural, synthetic or a combination of both.
Ferrule: The silver bit that connects the bristles to the handle.
Crimp: The tiny part that secures the ferrule to the handle
of the brush.
• Handle: The body of the brush which is usually held.

Here is a deeper understanding of what each kind of brush is meant for:

1. Round brush:

This one is mostly used for the details like outlining, controlled washes and filling in small areas of a painting. You can actually create both thin as well as thick lines using this brush – thin at the tip with strokes becoming wider when the brush is pressed down.

2. Pointed round brush:

This one is narrower than the round brush and has a sharper pointed tip. It is good for details as well. It is good for covering the delicate areas of a painting and spotting and retouching techniques.

3. Flat brush:

This brush has a square end with a medium to long hair. It is good for bold strokes, filling wide spaces in your painting and the impasto technique of laying on thick paint wherever required. The edges of a flat brush can be used for painting fine lines, straight edges of various objects and stripes. Long haired brushes are also good for varnishing.

4. Bright:

These brushes are the flat-haired brushes with edges slightly curved inward at the tip with short hair. These brushes are ideal for short controlled strokes while applying thick, heavy shade of paint. The best way to use this brush would be to hold the brush at a distance from the canvas.

5. Filbert:

This one is flat with oval-shaped end with a medium to long hair. This brush is good for the blending technique. For example, if you wanted to paint the soft round edges like flower petals, this brush would be perfect! This brush is a unique combination of rounds which helps in creating beautiful details. Being flat also, it helps to cover more space.

6. Fan:

This brush has flat hair that is spread up. This type of a brush is good for feathering, smoothing and blending techniques. This type can also be used for creating a variety of textures across your canvas such as clouds, leaves, etc.

7. Angular flat brush:

This brush is flat with angled hair at its end. It is good for filling corners and curved strokes. It can reach small areas with its tip. Similar to other flat brushes, this too can help cover lots of space while painting.

8. Detail round:

This brush has hair that is short and round in shape. It has a shorter handle. It is good for short strokes and details. It can certainly hold more colour than one might think!

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