Brushes – which to choose and how to use!


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There are a lot of things that make a good painting – great. One of the most important of those things is the type of brushes you use. It is your beloved tool or say, even your magic wand! And they come in a variety of sizes, shapes and hair types. So let’s learn a bit about these different kinds of brushes, shall we?

This is what your typical brush is made up of:

Bristles- Also known as hairs

Ferrule- The silvery bit that connects the bristles with the handle

Crimp- The part of the ferrule that secures it to the handle

Handle- Usually made of wood or acrylic

1. Size
Believe it or not, size does matter in this case. The size of a brush is indicated by a number printed on the handle. They start from 000, 00, 1, 2 and up. This simply means the higher the number, the bigger or wider is the brush.

2. Shape
We have 2 kinds of brushes with respect to shape. The first kind is the regular shape which consists of round and flat. We also have a special brush range called speciality/hobby brushes which have different shapes like Angular, Deer Foot, Liner, Filbert cat’s tongue and Dagger. Of course, each painting entails using different kinds of brushes to achieve different uses and textures.

3. How to properly load your paint brush
Dip the brush directly into the paint up to 1/3 of the length of the bristles, to prevent dripping. Tap both sides of the brush lightly against the side of the can or pail and do not scrape off the edges to retain the paint.

4. How to take care of your brushes
Clean with cold water and use soap if necessary. Keep all of your brushes rinsed when not in use, blotted and rest them on paper towels during your project.

We have a product called brush washer which not only makes it convenient to wash the brush after painting but also helps keep the brush in proper condition, when not in use.

Never keep a used brush upright as the paint will seep into the wooden handle and spoil it sooner. It is always best to store it horizontally.

Never rest your paintbrush with the bristles down in a cup of water as it will spoil the shape of it forever.

Re-shape the brushes gently after they are cleaned up, so they are ready to be used again for another inspiration!

Hope you found this tutorial helpful. We have gone one step ahead and attached this link, so you can start shopping right away for your kind of brushes. Happy Shopping!

Get to know more details about the kind of brushes that exist and get a deeper understanding on the kind of strokes that you can make with them:

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