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Understanding your Painting Tool: Paint Brushes


Once you learn painting, Paint brush is like your life tool. As you paint, you will slowly understand how the brush do the job for you and you will get familiar with the way the brushes handle the paint. This post will help you to understand and get the right paintbrush for your project!

Paintbrush comes in different sizes and shapes. What makes me bothering is Watercolours and Acrylic Paintbrush is it the same and can it be use for both?

Let me tell you what I know. I actually found out that the local Arts store do sell brushes that can be use for both Watercolours and Acrylic. So! It’s kind of convenient! Are you thinking what I’m thinking now? It’s good thou, cause you don’t have to get too many brushes! Just check the description on the package before you purchase anything! Ha Ha!

First, let’s learn more about brushes! Paintbrush makes you headache when choosing them cause they comes in really a lot of sizes and shapes which I don’t even know which to get.

So here is a guide on Understanding your Painting Tool: Paint Brush. Especially for beginner, It’s really kind of confusing while choosing the tools, There are too many types of brushes out there.

So, I did some research before I bought any of the tools. Let’s get to it:


There are 8 main shape for Acrylic, oils and watercolours. Each works on different techniques and level for painting.

RoundRound pointed tip.

Use for: Good for sketching, outlining and detailed work. Ccontrolled washes, filling in small areas. Also create thin and thick lines. The tip become wider when you pressed down using thinned paint better than thick paint.

Pointed Round –  It has a round Sharp pointed tip.

Use for: Helps to create thick and thin lines on your artwork. Fill in areas of a painting, small and tight spaces and also adding detail to painting.

Flat – This is flat, have a square end.

Use for: Can be use for bold strokes, washes, also filling wide spaces. The edges can use it to create fine lines and stripes. *Recommended for Beginner.

Bright – is flat with curved edge inward tip. It’s hairs is short.

Use for: Good for working up close work. Works well with strokes, thick lines.

Filbert – has a flat and oval shape end.

Use for: For blending, touch up on rounded edges.

Angular Flathas a angled flat end.

Use for: curved strokes, filling corners and also small areas. Uses similar to flat brush.

FanThis brush looks like a fan shape, Spread hairs.

Use for: good for feathering, leaves on trees. If you are using it for Acrylic painting, I suggest to use strong ones, to prevent the hairs clumped when paint.

Detail Round The hairs and handle are short and round.

Use for: Details and short strokes of cause.

Understanding your paintbrush

Paint brush have 4 main parts: img_4345.jpg


Paint brush also come in different sizes, sometimes is kind of confusing to choose which size to get. Cause there are really too many! From 0 to size 24. Usually beginner can start off with mid size which is 6 to 8. Then slowly once you get used to it, you can move on to other sizes you need according to your painting style.

As for my own suggestion, I will recommend to get 3 type of brush first. Flat, Round Pointed and Detail. For the size can get a 3, 6, & 12 for Round Pointed. I feel this is the most basic brush size to get for starting. It’s also depends on which size you prefer, and what project you are doing, just do what works for you well.

So, hope this guide will help you on finding your tools for your painting. Feel free to share with me your idea ^^.


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