About Artist Brushes for Wet-on-Wet Painting
Over the past few years it has become increasingly harder to find inexpensive hog bristle brushes.
Plastic fiber or nylon brushes now fill the shelves in stores.
The large round hog bristle brush is becoming rare therefore I now use small house painting brushes.
There are some good inexpensive brushes available in stores and soft nylon brushes can be useful.
Artist Brushes for Wet-on-wet Landscape Painting.
Painting students have asked which artist brushes for painting in oils and which brushes for painting in acrylics.
I tell them, brushes for loose, wet-on-wet techniques of painting landscapes in oil or acrylic are the same brush.
Which brushes to buy for oil or acrylic painting?, and where to buy the brushes?
Use the same brushes for oil or acrylic.
I realize my lessons are enjoyed all round the world and some painters cannot afford expensive artist brushes.
My thoughts on brushes come from my experience as a professional landscape painter.
Be aware that some nylon bristles or plastic brush handles will dissolve when cleaned in turpentine.
Different people have different habits with their artists brushes.
I am so messy and lazy when it comes to cleaning brushes that for me to buy expensive brushes would soon find me financially embarrassed.
So if you are an organized person you may wish to invest in expensive brushes, but it is not a priority.
Inexpensive brushes can be just as useful as expensive brushes.
It is the skill of applying paint that matters not the price of the brush.
An itemized list of brushes with images is shown here Full list of Brushes
The artist brushes we need may be sold in newsagents, general stores, hardware stores, bargain discount stores and department stores.
You do need an art supplies store for the full selection of proper artist’s brushes.
I often go to a hardware store and spend about $4 or $6 on a 2 inch wide house painting brush (Much less when I am in Thailand).
I want to paint a landscape when I invest in a shiny new brush.
The brushes can be broken up into groups,
Hog bristle, nylon or soft hair.
Then the size and shape:- round, flat, large, small and then there is the fan brush.
For me to quote the sizes printed on the brushes is not of use here as different countries and different brands of brush have different size standards.
See in the image my selection of brushes for painting in oil or acrylic.
I imagine you are painting a picture of about 14 x 11 inches or more (350 x 175 mm).
If you are painting smaller paintings you might need to choose smaller brushes.
Much more specific information with images is shown here Full list of Brushes
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