KNOW YOUR BRUSHES
With so many options, choosing the right brush will help to save you time and improve your work.
Natural bristles are best for oil-based paints,
varnishes and other finishes. Synthetic bristles can be used in conjunction with oil-based products, but are the better choice for waterbased paints. Foam brushes can also be used for oil or water-based paints, but work best in conjunction with thinner products such as stains and varnishes.
There are two main brush categories, namely round and flat.
Round: This gradually tapering brush is a great tool for beginners. Best used for stroke work or watercolours.
Flat: These versatile brushes are straight edged and best used for blending colours, applying washes and glazing.
Filbert: A flat brush with a rounded edge. Use for everything from base coating to applying washes, and for creating thin, flowing organic shapes.
Bright: A bright is essentially a flat brush, but their shorter bristles make them great for blending colours and neatening edges.
Angular:These flat bristles are at an angle. Use for sharp highlights and shading.
Fan brush: Also a flat brush but with the bristles splayed out. Can be used for drybrush techniques as well as blending and creating textures.
- Natural, stiff and springy
- Best for medium thick paints ie. Acrylic
Interlocked bristles: Interlocked brushes are composed of bundles of hair arranged in opposite directions. This enables them to maintain their shape.
- Synthetic, soft artist-quality bristle resembling red sable
- Compatible with all paint types