Things you should know about acrylic brushes to use for every painting
Paint brushes are the conductors of your entire painting orchestral masterpiece. It directs paint, shows movement, and give you specific textures and strokes.
They can turn regular globs of acrylic paint into a unique arrangement that can please the eye and tell a great story, all while withstanding the harsh surface friction of canvas.
I like to argue that paint brushes are definitely the foundation to a great acrylic painting, even more important than paint quality. gasp!
In fact, I always recommend beginner artists to invest in a good set of brushes when starting their art journey, as opposed to shelling out a lot of dough for professional quality paint.
Your brush can make or break your painting, so understanding which ones you should use and what they can do to help you get an awesome painting is pretty important.
So in this post, I will share with you what the best acrylic paint brushes are and how you can use them to create your next great acrylic painting!
Let’s Talk Brush Anatomy
In order to understand what makes a brush amazing, we first need to understand the different brush components.
Handle: This one is pretty straight-forward. Every brush has one, and some are made with plastic or wood. I personally like plastic handles since it extends the brush’s lifetime, especially after lots of projects and cleaning. But, it all comes down to how it feels in your hand. Hold a few and decide which one feels the most comfortable.
Ferrule: This is the metallic part of the brush that holds all the brush bristles tightly together. It also determines the overall brush type.
Bristles: Bristles are considered the actual part of the brush you paint with. Bristles can be made from a variety of materials including animal hair or synthetic fibers. I tend to lean towards synthetic fiber brush bristles since it makes cleanup so much easier to handle.
Toe: This is the end of the brush, which usually has a unique shape for that brush.
Belly: The belly is the middle of the brush and where your paint usually sits while you are painting. When finding a brush, you will want to test out the brush “spring back”, which can help determine how well it can hold its shape and dispense paint.
Heel: The brush heel is where the bristles go into the ferrule at the end of the handle.
Brush Types and Strokes
Now let’s talk about the various brushes that are available for acrylic painting.
You probably have heard of a few brush types being thrown around, including flat washes, shaders, filberts, spotters, liners, detail, and fan brushes, just to name a few.
Every type of brush can give you a unique type of brush stroke – almost like a thumbprint of sorts. And knowing which brush does what can help you decide which one to choose during your painting session.
Overwhelmed? It’s ok, I got something for you to help.
Having a good acrylic brush is the first step. The second is knowing how to use them.
It’s important to start off with the right brushes, techniques and mindset, so you can learn in a productive, stress-free zone without the fear of wasting good canvas painting something you think is dumb.
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With The Paint Slapping Magic of Brushes, you’ll have a jumping off point, demonstrations, and a look behind-the-easel so you never have to stare blankly at a canvas, wondering if you’re using the right brush or what to even paint without ruining good canvas – saving you a butt-load of time and a lot of frustration (+ a lot of paint).
What did you think of my recommended brushes? Which brush is your favorite? Comment below and let me know!
Best Acrylic Paint Brushes To Use With Every Painting
Amanda is a self-taught artist and founder of The Buzzed Artist, dedicated to teaching adult beginners how to art with confidence using acrylic paint and love themselves in the creation process. If you want to get started right with acrylic painting, be sure to enroll in her FREE mini-course The Acrylic Artist’s Toolkit.