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Friday, January 16, 2009

Picking Your Brush

The brush you choose to use on your project can depend on a what you are painting and the look your are trying to achieve. Also, do not forgot that you want to consider the size of the brush you are most comfortable with. The size that works well for me, may not be what is best for you. Most importantly, choose your brushes based on the project you will be working on and what fits your comfort level. This will enable you to create a lovely work of art.

You might be asking yourself, what brush should I use if I were painting lilacs, wisteria, or wanting to add texture to my shading? That's right, the Scruffy Brush would be your brush of choice! It is also a great brush when you are painting fur and doing faux finishes. This brush is dampen prior to using it. You should gently twist the bristles around so you create an oval shape, and then you are ready to dip in to your paint and let the pouncing begin! Clean up consists of pounce the bristles and not racking them. Racking may cause the bristles to break off. You can pounce the brush in a paper towel after cleaning, to ensure all of the paint has been removed. Allow this brush to dry before using it again.

The Flat Brush is probably one of the most common brushes used, especially for those who do the One Stroke Technique. This brush has longer bristles and less thickness in the body if you are using the One Stroke Brushes. It has a sharp chisel edge. Many strokes will begin and end on the chisel part, so it is important for your brush to have a nice edge. Your designs will be so much crisper and cleaner if they are.

To begin painting with a flat brush just dampen the bristles and dry off with a paper towel. You may now begin. You ready to load your brush. Remember, if you are doing the One Stroke Technique it is very important to load your brush so it is two thirds of the way full. The more paint on your brush, the better the flow will be. When you are finished, just gently rack your brush back in forth in your caddy to remove the paint.

Script Liners liners are great for adding ribbons, curlicues, and smaller detail to your painted pieces. Often these are used with more of an inky or thinned consistency paint. Clean the liners as you would the flat brushes.

Believe it or not, it is possible to paint a beautiful piece of art using just one type and size of a brush. There are many more to select from than what is mentioned here. These are just a few, which seem to be good ones to start off with. You are the artist so choose what works best for you!


1 comment:

Painting Hobby said...

Really love your work - great art, compo and particularly i do love that special toning in all your images..Thanks for sharing.
Happy painting,