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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

How to Choose your Acrylic Brushes

Acrylic painters rely on very adaptable painting material to create their wonderful artworks. Acrylics have a great impact in the painting industry ranging from Jackson Pollock's abstract expressionist works to Andy Warhol's quirky pop art. In the hands of an experienced artist and some diluting media, these acrylic paints can make works that resemble watercolor images and even oil paintings. However, the paint is fast drying and might be difficult to work with when you don't have the right tools. The paintbrush is the artist's best friend and he or she should carefully choose the right one for the job. Here are some tips on choosing the best acrylic brushes out there.
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The first factor that you need to look for your paint brush is its shape which dictates how it would be used in your work. You should first select a flat brush and a filbert brush since they are generally used while the rest have specialized painting job. Bright brushes are similar to the flat but have shorter bristles that make detail work easier. The round and the rigger brush are great if you're interested in adding minute detail in your work. Fan brushes are more useful to blend colors together. If you want to have fun dragging globs of paint then you should invest in mop brushes.

You should also study what material was used to make your brush's bristles. A brush's bristles may be made from the hair of various animals or manufactured with synthetic materials. Mink or sable brushes are one the best in the market but are very rare and costs a lot. Hog bristles, like their namesake, are tough and is useful for working with large areas and high volumes of paint. Squirrel hair can hold large amounts of water which makes it ideal for washes. If you're just starting out in your painting career then synthetic bristles might be the best for you. They're relatively cheaper compared to natural hair bristles. Click here for Plaza Art’s selection of acrylic brushes.

When you visit an art store, try to evaluate their demo paintbrushes' different parts. Their bristles shouldn't be easily deformed when you apply pressure. The ferrule, which is the metallic band that binds the bristles to the rest of the brush, should be securely attached to the handle. You don't want it to accidentally fall, with bristles full of paint, into your canvass. Afterwards, you should take a look at the length brush's handle. You'll want a short handle if you're going for details while a long handle may help cover larger areas of your artwork.

Finally, the best way to select the best brush for the job is with personal experience. Buy different paintbrushes and experiment with various techniques and acrylic mixtures. Hopefully, this article has helped you narrow down your choices to specific paintbrushes which will help you save money when you finally try a few of them for practice. Soon you'll figure out the best one that will be your trusted companion as you grow in your field.

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becca said...

my son loves art supplies and creating he paints with oils and water colors

Jennifer Williams said...

We just bought a nice set of brushes and I learned how hard it is to decide what you need. Wish I had seen this a few weeks ago.

Coolmoms Cooltips said...

thanks for the tips
need to get me some

April McGregor said...

My kids loves to draw and create things. They love crayons and the paint app on their iPad too.

Tingting R. said...

Arts is my daughter's frustration. She can be crafty only when needed at school. Well, she is still hoping to improve her skills.

nova hedges said...

Glad to learn some tips from you, my son isn't into art that much, but he is more into analysis and solving problems..

Mel Cole said...

Acrylic is one of those medium that is hard to master if you're into painting. I remember asking about it during my Oil painting class. Painting is fun for kids though, that's good that the burritos had a head start.

jheylo said...

Good to know. I'm not a painter and haven't tried painting using the professional brushes that painter usually use.

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