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Art Brushes

Updated on June 13, 2012

Type of art brushes to choose from.

There are many different styles and sizes for art brushes. However, we are not going to talk about sizes today because sizes vary between manufacturers. There are many different paintbrushes to choose from and it is easy to get confused on which to use. Paintbrushes come in eight main types. Below is a list of each and a brief description to help you identify each one.

  • Angle- This brush can fill in small points and areas. It can fill in corners great.
  • Bright- This brush is flat on the end with slightly curved edges. It has shorter bristles and is good for apply thicker paint and controlling strokes.
  • Fan- This brush has bristles that are spread wide like a fan. It lays flat and is curved. This brush is used many times for flowers because of the perfect petal appearance it can give. It is great for grass, hair, and adding texture.
  • Filbert- This brush is wide and flat with a rounded edge. This brush is good for light outlining and blending.
  • Flat- This brush is good for bold strokes, filling in wide spaces, and impasto art style. This brush is square ended with medium to long bristles.
  • Mop- This brush is soft and is known as a mop brush because it can hold a lot of paint. It is thick and has a wider handle. It is great for watercolor and thick applications.
  • Rigger- This brush has long bristles and the tips vary. Some are are angled, flat, and some have squared tips. This brush is good for fine lines.
  • Round- This brush is great for outlining, filling in small areas, and sketching. A round brush is thin at the top with a point and gets wider at the base of the brush.

Now, when looking for a brush there are many different makes as well. There are natural brushes and synthetic brushes. Natural brushes can be sable or bristle. Natural bristle brushes can be from hog, squirrel, camel, ox, pony, or goat hair. Synthetic brushes are usually much cheaper than natural brushes and some have great quality. However, some artists argue that natural brushes are the way to go.

Whichever brush you choose to paint with; I would kindly remind you that cheaper is not always better. Sometimes when you use a cheap brush your results will be poor. This sometimes comes with trial and error to see which brush delivers the best results. Peace, love, and blessings!


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      MelissaMelvin 5 years ago from Prattville, AL

      You are so right. I paint simply for the passion that I have. The fan brush is one of my favorites as well. :)

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      Anish Patel 5 years ago

      I really like the fan brush to do my blending, works great for making my paintings look and feel real to the eye... Wouldn't we all like to paint like the great masters, not a chance, use a fan brush for trees and bushes.