Learn About Paint Brushes Part 1

by denisesanger on July 11, 2012

When painting, different brushes create different strokes and styles in your artwork. When reaching for a paintbrush, many believe that all paintbrushes are equal. Yes – all paint brushes will end with paint on your canvas, but to create the perfect design or art piece be sure to pick the right brush for the job.

Brushes are broken down into the following styles:

We’re going to tackle only the first half of the above list in this entry.

Mops: A mop brush holds a large amount of paint allowing for a larger area of coverage. Use a mop brush for large areas of a solid color for quick coverage. Once you have finished using a Mop brush be sure to thoroughly clean, as paint can become trapped inside the many bristles.

Dome Blender: An excellent brush for “dry-brushing effects, creating broken color passages, stippling, and blending any medium viscosity paint. A favorite with many artists, these bristles have just the right amount of spring for creating all kinds of ‘brushed’ effects.”

Angles: Cut corners and hit tight edges using an angle brush. The sharp tip on this brush make it an ideal choice for those sharp edges.

Chisel Blender: The chisel blender brush is a shorter bristle area. This brush is ideal for complete color in a small area. Use this brush for blending in smaller areas.

Filberts/Oval: A narrow, flat brush, with a rounded tip. Use the filbert brush to create a thin line. Use the brush flat to cover a wider area of coverage. Vary pressure on this brush to create unique marks and sizes.

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