Know Your Painting Brushes

Painting may not be all dependent on creativeness and great vision. Beauty in art can also be created by the use of quality equipment. And in the art of oil painting, quality paints and brushes can help in creating the most beautiful masterpieces.

Paintbrushes, for instance become a valuable painting tool since it helps put the artist’s ideas and vision onto the canvas. Poor quality paintbrushes may contribute to a bad quality painting. A good understanding of paintbrushes and their proper use is therefore important for the budding artist.

Paintbrushes used in painting come in different types, sizes and shapes. The different brushes allow painters to create a variety of strokes required for their masterpieces. The different brushes also come in their different names. Although names and their styles may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, such brushes may still have certain similarities.

In the traditional sense, short handled brushes are usually used for painting in watercolor and in ink while the long handled ones are used for acrylic and oil paintings. The different brushes are usually distinguished by the style of brush tips that they have-

Angle– a versatile type of brush that can be applied in both general painting applications as well as in applying some detail work

Bright– type of flat brushes that come with short stiff bristles. This type of brush can be useful in driving paint into the weave of a canvas in thinner paint applications. It can also be used in some thicker painting styles.

Fan– used for blending broad areas of paint on the canvas.

Filbert– another term for flat brushes with domed ends. They provide the artist with good coverage and able to perform some detail work.

Flat– a type of brush that is mostly used for spreading paint quickly and more evenly over a canvas.

Mop– a brush with a larger than usual head with bristles having a rounded edge. It is mostly used for broad soft paint applications as well as for putting thinner glazes over existing drying layers of paint without trying to damage the lower layers.

Rigger– a type of round brush with typically longish, thin hairs. It was so named because such a brush was traditionally used for painting the rigging of ships in artworks. This type of brush are useful for painting fine lines and can be both used for oils and watercolors.

Round– a type of brush with a long and pointed tip and closely arranged bristles that is useful for detail work.

Although there might be different types of brushes available that can do a variety of functions, an artist may not have a need for all of them. Some may use only two types of brushes while others may find use for quite the other different types. Such brushes may also come in different sizes and it is up to the artist to choose which brush types and sizes serve the best purpose for his own style and technique of artwork.

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