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How To Choose Acrylic Paint Brushes

Updated on February 12, 2011

How To Choose Acrylic Paint Brushes

The type of brush you use plays a critical part in how your painting turns up. It is important to choose quality brushes to insure that your painting will come out the way you would like it to turn up. There are great assortments of acrylic brushes to choose from. You must research the best kinds for your particular type of painting. Acrylic brushes come in different shapes, sizes and colors. Acrylic brushes are also sized from 1-20. They have different degrees of thickness and can come with short or long handles. You can use acrylic paints with water color or oil paints if desired.

Choose Different Acrylic Brushes For Different Painting Purposes

Acrylic brush shapes include rounds, long flat, short flat or bright, filbert, fan brush, and a rigger. Rounds are used for detailed works. Long flats are used when applying layers. It is great at painting strait edges. Short flat or bright brushes are good for strait lines but they require shorter strokes than long flat brushes. The filbert brush allows you to paint tapered strokes and soft edges. The fan brush is great when painting skies or leaves of a tree. Lastly, the rigger is used for painting very fine lines and detailed works.

Choose Quality Brushes

Acrylic brushes can be made with natural hair bristles or man-made materials. You must take many precautions to choose a quality brush. Choose brushes that have split ends. They will provide a more refined, even finish. Choose brushes that are flexible, rather than stiff. Choose brushes that are “chiseled”, with bristles that are shorter on the outside and longer in the middle. This gives a tapered feel and look. It will also give you more control when painting. Choose brushes with bristles that are atleast half as long as the width of the brush. For example, the bristles on a No. 4 brush should be atleast two inches long. This will also give you a stronger grip. Choose brushes that are well put together. You can test the brushes out by plucking on the brush. If hair falls out, this gives you an indication that you have a bad brush.


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