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Paint Brushes

There are many different paint brushes for each medium...so which paint brush should you choose?

Danielle Frontz

on 7 May 2010

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Paint brushes; What kind will you choose? "Paint brushes are an extension of the hand." Choosing a paint brush depends on several aspects:
your own preference
the medium you work with
the size of the brush
the materials used in the brush Synthetic Vs. Natural Brushes Synthetic brushes are cheaper and are generally used for mediums like acyrilic paint and watercolor.
According to ShopWiki.com, synthetic brushes:
are not good for use with oil paints since cleaning them requires cleaning with turpentine, which will destroy them.
do not depend on a fluctuating market, rising or falling animal populations, or other environmental factors that might affect animal fur and the cost of it. Synthetics pose no moral dilemma for vegans or vegetarians either.
are less porous than natural hair, and are therefore more versatile for using with different mediums and on different surfaces.
built to be strong and durable.
Natural brushes are made from the hair of animals and are often used when painting with oils.
As ShopWiki.com states, natural brushes:
do not hold up well to acrylics since the chemicals eat away at the natural oils in the bristles.
contain blends of two or more of the different types of hairs mentioned below.
Soft bristles -- Kolinsky sable (highest quality), badger, ox/sabeline, squirrel, goat, and pony.
Camel -- This is often a blend of other natural hairs, not hair from a camel. The best ones utilize the natural tip of the hair, not one that has been previously cut. For example, a camel brush made primarily of pony hair will most likely be using hair from the mane, which receives multiple cuts to yield more brushes. This is the lowest quality of natural brushes.
Hard bristles -- Boar, hog, or pig.

Sizes Small brushes range from 10/0 | 7/0 | 6/0 | 5/0 | 4/0 to 000 | 00 | 0 | 1-5
Medium brushes from 6-14
Large Brushes range from 15-20 to 21-30
I personally like round, short handled brushes that are small because I feel like I have more control over what I paint. Preference Pointed rounds are excellent for painting details.. Flat brushes are good for all types of mediums and can be used for painting fine lines if used at an angle. Fan brushes are good for blending paints but are not suggested to use with watercolors. Mop brushes soak up excess water on a canvas, hence the name. These brushes are good for watercolor and blending. The Styles Pointed Round Flat Fan Mop Danielle Frontz Source Shop Wiki. "Artist's Paint Brushes." April 26, 2010. <http://www.shopwiki.com/wiki/Artists+Paint+Brushes>.
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