Does anyone besides me like to feel paintbrushes? I just love going to the paint section at my local A.C Moore and touching all the different kinds of paintbrushes! It’s true, there are dozens of different kinds of paintbrushes, and besides the obvious use of entertaining young shoppers, each is designed differently to accomplish various tasks. At least for me, when I first started painting, I was a little intimidated by all the options! So I just sort of grabbed a brush and painted, and didn’t really think about choosing the right one for the job. Thankfully I have grown past that, but I do have a couple of staple of brushes that I want to share with you, and how you can utilize them for your next masterpiece!
Here are the basic brushes that are my must-haves in terms of painting. There are 4 different types here (2 of each), and 2 different sizes for each one. I distinguish my brushes by the bristle cut, because the bristle cut is what determines the stroke.
The first I will be showing you is called the angular flat brush. This brush is great for filling in corners cleanly and with dexterity, no matter what the size is!
I have below a large angular flat brush, which I use to fill space quickly or apply a base color. It is also great for applying a wash.
A smaller version of this brush is great for medium-sized details, such as painting an eyelid or the bridge of a nose. I love this type of brush, it has so much agility and variety of uses!
Next on the list is the regular flat brush. This is probably the most common type of brush, and also comes in a variety of sizes. It serves many purposes, and is good for laying down a wash, bold lines, and horizontal blending.
You can also add a fun twist like I did below for creating flower petals or other fun images!
Another common brush is called the filbert brush (haha, I love that name). If you are blending facial features, this is your brush! The rounded bristles leave no paint edges, making it great for large blending spaces. It’s also good for creating soft edges.
Now for the little ones: detail round brushes. I love these little guys (especially because they are cheap lol), and they are just awesome for putting details into your painting, hence the name. You can blend small areas with these, but also create texture with a large amount of paint on the tip.
This one above is extremely tiny! I love to use it when painting eyes, or anything in nature.
Lastly, as sort of a bonus, I have a painting utensil that isn’t actually a brush (surprise!), but is an amazing resource!! If you know anything about Leonardo da Vinci, you will know that he used a technique called impasto.
This is when the painter uses a large amount of paint to create heavy texture on the canvas.
Below is something called a pallet knife. It’s a wonderful little thing that allows me to slap color down in an abstract way, and you can really get creative with it! There are lots of different shapes and sizes that you can experiment with.
So there you have it! The 4 main types of brushes, plus a knife (just a pallet knife, I promise!!). I hope this has been helpful to you! Please make sure to pin, and comment which was your favorite below!
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