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Types of Brushes

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Description:

  • Short length hairs with longer hairs at one end
  • Used for precise strokes and angled lines or heavy/ thick coloring

Media (Paint):

Watercolor
ACrylic
Decorative

Fiber:

Bristle
Synthetic

Description:

  • Short length hairs with a long handle
  • Used for controlled strokes or heavy coloring

Media (Paint):

Oil
Acrylic
Decorative

Fiber:

Sable
Mongoose
Bristle
Badger
Synthetic

Description:

  • Flat hairs spread out like a fan
  • Used for smoothing, and adding texture and special effects

Media (Paint):

Oil
Acrylic
Decorative

Fiber:

Bristle
Badger
Synthetic

Description:

  • Thick, flat and oval-shaped medium to long hairs with long handles.
  • Soft rounded edges, suitable for blending and figurative work

Media (Paint):

Oil
Acrylic
Decorative

Fiber:

Sable
Mongoose
Bristle
Badger
Syntheticv

Description:

  • Flat, square-ended, with medium to long hairs.
  • Provides lots of color capacity and easy maneuverability.
  • Use for bold, sweeping strokes, or on edge for fine lines

Media (Paint):

All Media

Fiber:

Sable
Mongoose
Bristle
Badger
Synthetic

Description:

  • Oriental-style wash brush on a long flat handle.
  • Useful for laying in large areas of water or color, for wetting the surface, and for absorbing excess paint

Media (Paint):

Watercolor

Fiber:

Squirrel
Goat
Ox
Bristle
Synthetic

Description:

  • Also known as an outliner- square-ended brush, with extra-long hairs and a short handle.
  • Useful for delicate lettering, outlining, and long continuous strokes.

Media (Paint):

Ink
Sign Paint

Fiber:

Sable
Squirrel
Synthetic

Description:

  • Round, full version of the wash brush
  • Made of soft, absorbent natural hair
  • Useful for laying in large areas of water or color, for wetting the surface, and for absorbing excess paint

Media (Paint):

Watercolor

Fiber:

Squirrel

Description:

  • Square-ended medium to long length hairs; short handles.
  • Large color carrying capacity. Useful for painting block letters in a single stroke.

Media (Paint):

Oil
Ink
Decorative
Sign Paint

Fiber:

Sable
Squirrel
Ox
Synthetic

Description:

  • Rounded hairs, produces a soft edge, with no point.
  • Useful for laying in large areas of water or color, for wetting the surface, and for absorbing excess media.

Media (Paint):

Watercolor

Fiber:

Squirrel
Ox
Bristle
Synthetic

Description:

  • Permanent or detachable handle. Long hairs, and a natural-shaped tip; short handle.
  • Useful for lettering and poster work. Good on smooth surfaces such as glass.

Media (Paint):

Ink
Sign Paint

Fiber:

Sable
Squirrel

Description:

  • Round or pointed tip
  • Useful for detail, wash, fills, and thin to thick lines. A pointed round is used for fine detail. A detailer is a pointed round with very short hair.

Media (Paint):

All Media

Fiber:

All hair
Synthetic

Description:

  • Long handles and tapered bristles are perfect for detailed work on large paintings
  • Also good for delicate decorative painting.

Media (Paint):

Oil
Acrylic
Decorative

Fiber:

Bristle

Description:

  • Pointed, narrow brush with very long hair.
  • Liners are shorter and narrower.
  • Large color carrying capacity. Useful for delicate lettering, highlighting, outlining, and long continuous strokes.

Media (Paint):

Watercolor
Decorative
Ink
Sign Paint

Fiber:

Sable
Ox
Synthetic

Description:

  • Can produce varying shapes and widths; often has a short, "flat-footed" handle for scraping, burnishing, and separating watercolor paper from blocks.
  • Useful for laying in large areas of water or color, for wetting the surface, and for absorbing excess paint

Media (Paint):

Watercolor

Fiber:

Squirrel
Ox
Bristle
Synthetic

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