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Know Your Tools! (Brushes for Acrylic, Oil Painting and Watercolour)

Understanding which brushes to use is essential to any artist as they act like the magic wand one is using to create outstanding artworks. This is part of the series where you will understand which tools to use to make your work fantastic!


#1 Brush Sizes

#2 Synthetic or Natural Bristles

#3 Few steps to take Care of Your Brushes

#1 Brush Sizes

Brushes begin at 000, then go to 00, 0 , 1, 2, and up. The higher the number , the greater the brush, or the larger it.The higher the number, the wider or bigger the brush.

There is only little consistency between the brush sizes from different manufacturers. That means the brush size 6 from Manufacturer A's size may differ to the brush size 6 from Manufacturer B.

This image has been taken from Pinterest.

Brushes with longer handles are useful when paintings are made on easels.

#2 Synthetic or Natural Bristles

To start off, Natural Brushes are better when used while creating oil paintings. When used for acrylic, they tend to stiffen up and/or get damaged.

For water based latex paints it is recommended to use synthetic-bristle brushes.

(Sometimes, natural bristled brushes can also be used for acrylic.)

#3 Few steps to take Care of Your Brushes

a. Do not get paint on the ferrule

Image from Teresa Bernard Oil Paintings

b. Do not let the Acrylic Paint dry in the brush.

c. Do not leave the Brush's bristles in the water.

Thank you.

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