Artist Paint Brushes and Tools

What are the 7 most common types of artists’ brushes?

The most popular types of paintbrushes are a fan, flat (and shorter brights), filberts (and longer Egberts), liner, mop, round, and mottler. Each type of brush has different sizes to help you cover larger areas or get those fine details. The higher the number, the wider the tuft or hair. Brush sizes are not standard—every brush maker has its own sizing standard.

How do I choose an artist’s paintbrush?

Select a stiff hair brush, such as blog bristle or mongoose hair, for paste paint or a soft-haired brush for washes and fluid paint. Round brushes are best for thin lines. Flat and brights are wide and even coverage. Thin filaments like squirrel hair brushes have greater paint-holding capacity. Sable andKolinsky paint brushes have more spring for painterly brushstrokes.

Why are sable brushes better?

The hair of sable brushes is actually from the tails of martens, such as the common or European weasel. The hairs are thin, elastic, and tapered, with a very long and pointed tip. These features make it excellent for many painting techniques—tempera, oils, acrylics, and watercolors. Due to the scales of these hairs, they have a large paint holding capacity, which is why sable hair is often considered the best for most painting techniques.


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