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Acrylic and Oil Brushes Cyprus Interlocked Chungking Hog Bristles
Acrylic and Oil Brushes Cyprus Teijin Synthetic Brushes
Acrylic and Oil Brushes Escoda Clasico Chungking White Bristle Bright Brushes
Acrylic and Oil Brushes Escoda Clasico Chungking White Bristle Round Pointed Brushes
Acrylic and Oil Brushes Escoda Clasico Chungking White Bristle Short Filbert Brushes
Acrylic and Oil Brushes Escoda Giant Badger Blender Brush Series 6835
Acrylic and Oil Brushes Escoda Opera Takatsu Synthetic Filbert Brushes
Acrylic and Oil Brushes Fine Art Golden Taklon Brushes
Acrylic and Oil Brushes Himalaya Golden Taklon Economy
Acrylic and Oil Brushes Himalaya Natural Hog Bristles Series K Flat Brush for Oils and Acrylics
Acrylic and Oil Brushes Jack Richeson Long Handle Domed Sash Brush
Acrylic and Oil Brushes Jack Richeson Long Handle Domed Sash Brush 6 1 3 8 29mm
Acrylic and Oil Brushes Jack Richeson Long Handle Domed Sash Brush 6 1 3 8 29mm
Acrylic and Oil Brushes Raphael dArtigny Extra White Bristle Filbert Brushes Series 3592
Acrylic and Oil Brushes Raphael dArtigny Round Bristle Brushes Series 358
Acrylic and Oil Brushes Raphael Extra White Bristle Bright Brushes Series 3590
Acrylic and Oil Brushes Raphael Extra White Bristle Fan Brushes Series 3695
Acrylic and Oil Brushes Raphael Kolinsky Red Sable Filbert Brush Series 8728
Acrylic and Oil Brushes Raphael Sepia Acryl Bright Brushes Series 8740
Acrylic and Oil Brushes Raphael Sepia Acrylic Round Brushes Series 864
Acrylic and Oil Brushes Raphael Sepia Bright Brush Series 8530
Acrylic and Oil Brushes Raphael Sepia Pointed Cats Tongue Series 8747
Acrylic and Oil Artist Paint Brushes
There are as many different artists brushes out there as there are painting styles. So make sure that you choose the paintbrushes that are the best fit for you.

Acrylic and Oil art paint brushes have long handles and brushes for watercolor use are smaller. The reason for this is that long handled brushes are intended for use while standing at an easel. Watercolor is generally done while seated since that media is kind of runny and not necessarily conducive to painting upright.

Acrylic and Oil brushes generally come in a few of general varieties of hair. They are generally bristle brushes for tougher uses (for scrubbing color onto canvas), synthetic bristle (for lower expense and greater softness) and then sable hair brushes (for smaller areas of color). The best bristle is male pig bristle, Chungking bristle, that comes from the ridge on the pigs back. Synthetic bristle brushes are generally less expensive but a little less durable. When shopping for oil and acrylic brushes in sable, notice that the sizes are much smaller than comparably numbered watercolor brushes.

Ensure that your brush fits the way you paint. Don’t purchase a 3’’ wide flat brush when you generally paint 8’’x10’; paintings. It won’t work out for you. Find a brush that suits you and your art. Sables are a favorite with portrait painters and artists who love smooth color transitions and detail. Bristle brushes are loved by artists who paint big and rough. They will handle the toughest treatment and keep on going.

Brushes used for acrylics, like those favored by oil painters, have long handles that allow the artist to work at a distance from the canvas. Acrylic paints are more caustic than oils, so acrylic brushes are designed with synthetics and bristle. Fitch and sable are generally used only with oil paints.

As a general rule, acrylic brushes are usable in other mediums, particularly oils, while brushes designed specifically for oil painting and watercolors are unsuitable for acrylics.

 

Brush Shapes
Rounds - Good for touching in or for more detailed work. Especially useful with slightly thinner acrylic paints.

Long Flat - Holds plenty of paint and good for applying thick (impasto) layers. Produces longish, straight brush strokes, so excellent for painting doors and windows or anything that has a straight edge to it.

Short Flat or Bright - As above but when required for shorter strokes. Good when you want to leave a multitude of well-defined brush strokes on the paint surface. Both the short and long flat acrylic paint brushes, when dampened with paint, come to a lovely chisel edge, ideal for thin straight lines.

Filbert - Flat profile but with a slightly rounded point. Makes tapered strokes and has the ability to soften the edges of a brush stroke.

Fan Brush - Flat profile spread as a fan. Ideal for blending cloudy skies or any area where you want a smooth transition between colors. Also very useful for creating leaf clusters on pine and fir trees or textures such as fur. Remember though, because acrylic paint dries so quickly, blending is not easy, even with the fan brush. Therefore paint mediums such as acrylic gel retarder are used to slow the drying process of acrylics.

 

Brush Sizes

Paint brushes are normally sized from No.1 (the smallest) to about a No.24. Flats, Brights and Filberts sometimes have a 

number, sometimes a width measurement. Sometimes this is in inches, often in millimeters.

However, be careful... the brush numbers and actual brush sizes vary from one manufacturer to another. Dont rely on brush numbers as an across-the-board standard. The best bet is to choose the brush you want by its actual size. This is easy to check out. Refer the picture >>

The width of most types of brush is determined at the point where the bristles leave the ferrule - thats the metal tube that joins the fibers to the handle.

The belly of a round brush relates to the width the fibers spread to immediately beyond the ferrule, before returning to a point.

This width measurement at the ferrule end is the same for round, flat or any other shaped brush - except Fan Brushes, where the measurement is at the tip of the bristles. Remember also that the width of a painted line is not necessarily the same as the brush width. This can be more or less, depending on pressure on the brush, softness of the hairs and thickness of the paint, etc. Depending on size, type and fibers used, the same brush can produce a line of color as thin as a pencil or a brushstroke perhaps twice its own width.

 
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