Brush Painting Tips and Tricks for Oil or Acrylic

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Brush Painting Tips and Tricks for Oil or Acrylic

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Brush painting tips for beginner artists

Good brush painting tips – about brushes and canvas – you will see images and descriptions of brushes here – Brushes

  • Brushes

    – Hog bristle brushes are used for oil or acrylic painting.

  1. Hog bristle is a firm bristle, usually a white bristle.
  2. Many hardware stores stock a good range of hog bristle art brushes.
  3. Small soft hair brushes are used for fine lines and can be bought at the newsagent.
  4. Long or short handle makes no difference.
  5. The size of the brush is stamped on the handle.
  6. Different brands of brushes have different numbers for the same sized brush.
  7. Common house painting brushes may be used.
  8. Very soft, big brushes are of no use, they become sloppy when loaded with paint.
  9. It is wise to have several similar favorite brushes, they do wear out.
  10. A fan brush can be made by driving a clout down the middle of a round brush.
  11. Kerosene

    is ok for cleaning brushes after oil painting.

  12. Hold a small soft haired brush under hot running water to regain its pointy shape.
  13. Do not clean your brushes excessively while painting.
  14. Clean your brush with a cloth each time before picking up paint.
  15. A brush will retain its desired shape if cleaned with a cloth while painting.
  16. Wipe your painting knife every time before picking up paint.
  17. Canvas – Artist canvas comes in rolls and can be purchased by the yard or meter.
  18. The common width for canvas is 52 inches A standard roll is about 6 yards long.
  19. Much larger and wider roles are not uncommon.
  20. There are many different qualities of artist canvas.
  21. Pre-primed canvas is undercoated ready to accept the paint, Oil or Acrylic.
  22. Stretched canvas on frames can be useful but expensive for learning to paint.
  23. Prepared artist panels are cardboard with a primed canvas surface.
  24. Pre-primed canvas, stretched canvas and canvas panels are for painting in oils or acrylics.
  25. An ideal situation is for primed canvas to be pinned down on a firm, flat surface.
  26. Mask off with masking tape the area to be painted leaving about a 2 inch border.
  27. Canvas

    can be glued to hard board with PVA glue (white colored woodwork glue).

  28. The canvas can be glued down before or after being painted.
  29. Some canvas will shrink when wet Some canvas will wrinkle while being glued down but will soon flatten out.
  30. Hard board, primed with flat PVA house paint is OK to paint on with Oils or Acrylics.
  31. Hard board is Masonite, Craft wood, Custom wood etc. Some plywood is ok.
  32. When under coating hard board, finish all the final brush strokes in the one direction.
  33. Plaster board walls are great to paint on but should be under coated with water based paint.
  34. If painting on metal surfaces such as milk cans or saw blades, use oil primer and oil paint.
  35. Small scenes can be painted on gum leaves, they look good.
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