The 4 Most Useful Brushes

My learners often ask which brushes are best to buy, this depends on what type of painting you are doing.  There are four types of brushes that I couldn’t do without and I think everyone needs.  Below are the most useful types of brushes in my opinion:

The Flat Brush 

This brush is ideal for backgrounds because it covers a large area without leaving those brush marks that you get with smaller brushes.  It also can save lots of time, because of the coverage you can get with them.  They are also great for painterly backgrounds and effects.  If you work large you will need a wider flat brush if you are work fairly small a medium sized one will be fine.

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The flat brush and the types of brush strokes it can achieve

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Oil Pastels

What are Oil Pastels?

Often oil pastels are mixed up with soft pastels but in terms of their qualities they are very different.  I explain the differences and give some tips about oil pastels and how they can be used.

Oil pastels I’ve found in my teaching experience are often overlooked and an unpopular medium, usually purchased by mistake instead of soft pastels.  There is great potential with oil pastels however and they are worth a try at least once to explore their possibilities.  

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