5 Brushes for Beginners

I recommend five brushes for beginners which should give you a lot of scope with your painting.  It is important to have more than one brush and more than one brush type when you are a beginner.  You may not want to buy many brushes but these 5 are the most useful in my view.

  • Large flat brush
  • Medium sized angled flat brush
  • Medium sized round  brush
  • Small round brush
  • Medium sized filbert brush
Types of brush
The five types of brushes all beginners should have

These five brushes will give you flexibility in how you paint and each brush can do a slightly different job.  Another brush that is handy is the fan brush, this brush is fan shaped and ideal for light texture.

Most beginners buy a pack of brushes, this is often less expensive than buying brushes individually.  Look out for a pack of brushes containing these five types of brushes.  Starter brush packs are ideal for beginners but do make sure they contain brushes of different sizes, some contain brushes which are basically the same.

I would recommend synthetic brushes for beginners, they are less expensive than natural fibre brushes and are all-purpose which means you can use them for everything.

Also see my Art Materials page for more advice.

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Do I Need to Use an Easel?

When you start drawing most people draw flat on a table but if you can access an easel then I would recommend using one.  Some learners feel quite intimidated by the easel, with all its screws and parts they seem cumbersome and unnecessary.  It might be worth giving it a try and seeing how you get on because drawing or painting on an easel is quite a different experience to drawing flat.

Give the Easel a Chance

At first it will seem a bit strange to anyone who is used to working flat on a desk or table because you are standing up usually instead of sitting.  The other thing that feels very different is the angle of the paper, it is upright on an easel rather than flat. 

If you have never used an easel don’t be scared to try

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