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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The Dos and Don’ts of Brush Care

By looking after your brushes they will last a lot longer.  Good brushes are fairly expensive so it makes sense to get into good habits and look after them.  Follow these dos and don’ts to look after your brushes:

Don’t 

Don’t let paint dry on the brush

Particularly acrylic paint, which is so fast drying.  This can happen very quickly, the paint on the outside layer starts drying out, particularly on the ferrule (the segment of the brush that connects the bristles to the handle).  Once paint dries on the ferrule it tends to stop the flexibility of the bristles.

Don’t overload the brush with paint

You should try to avoid this for the same reason as the one above, if you overload the brush with paint it will cover the ferrule.  Paint can be hard to remove once partially dry from the join where the ferrule and bristles meet.  Once dry paint builds up in this join the brush becomes less flexible.

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