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Having trouble in choosing the right tools to work with? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there! It’s a decision that becomes easier to take with experience and repeated testing. Most artists form clear preferences regarding the materials they work with - the pigments of a certain type of color, the way it dries, the loading power of a paint brush or its durability, but all these are details that you learn to recognize and appreciate with time.
Find out everything you need to know about the most important features to consider when choosing your paint brushes, what are their most common shapes and what purposes do they serve best as well as everything you need to know about cleaning your brushes in order to maintain them in top condition as the time goes by.
Let’s start by highlighting the most important features a paint brush should be able to check:
- show a high color loading power;
- form and maintain a thin tip, even after multiple uses;
- have fine yet resistant bristles;
- spread the color as evenly as possible;
- maintain its original shape after using, cleaning and drying.
Most common shapes
- perfect for stroke works, filling in small areas, outlining, sketching, creating both thick or thin lines (thin with the tip and thick by pressing the tip down).
- ideal for applying a base coat, filling in wide areas, washes, bold strokes, varnishing and smooth blending;
- you can use its edges in order to create stripes or fine lines.
- great for base coating, flower petals, leaves and other soft rounded strokes, washes, blending, figurative works, highlights or shades.
- best for thick colors, blending paint, dabbing (short controlled strokes), scratchy strokes or dry brushing.
- designed for blending out or blending in colors and creating textures, smooth strokes, painting grass and trees, creating highlights, hair painting, stippling.
- amazing for painting hair, grasses, wood grain, feathers, animal fur, bird plumage, waterfalls;
- for best results, make sure the paint is slightly thinned.
- works perfectly for tight shading, highlighting, filling corners, creating waves, ruffled leaves or petals, curves and lines.
- awesome for defining features, delicate strokes, miniature painting, detailing.
- especially designed for applying and carving paint, blending and mixing colors, making broad, forceful marks.
For maintaining a perfect shape and in order to add extra protection to their tips, our brushes come coated with a water-soluble glue on their bristles, which should be removed before the first usage. Follow these 5 super simple steps for a correct cleaning process and enjoy your painting experience to the fullest:
Dip your paint brush in any type of oil, then gently wipe it off. This will allow the bristles to maintain their original shape and it will also prevent future splitting or shredding.
In order to make sure you’ll be able to enjoy your paint brushes for as long as possible, after each use, go through our 5 simple steps cleaning guide:
1 - SQUEEZE the excess paint into a paper towel or a tissue
2 - SWISH the paint brush under slightly warm water and use your fingers in order to remove the excess paint
3 - SHAKE off the water excess and then wipe your paint brush again with a paper towel
4 - SWIRL the bristles on special artist’s soap (or even on a regular one with a low pH) and gently massage them with your fingers. Clean the base of your paint brush thoroughly in order to avoid hair splitting or hardened bristles.
5 - SHAKE off the water excess and then gently squeeze the bristles using a paper towel. Reshape the bristles and allow them to dry.