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Artist Brushes for Oil Paintings

Artist Brushes for Oil Paintings
Written by Belinda Marshall

Artist brushes for oil paintings – If you are interested in oil painting, you may be surprised to learn that choosing the right oil painting artist brushes can make a significant difference in the quality of your finished work. When buying oil paint brushes, take into account the length and size of the brush, the size of the canvas you are painting, and what the bristles are made from.

The first thing a novice painter should remember when buying a brush is that the length of the brush handle is a good indicator of what kind of paint it is best suited for. Brushes with long handles are best for oil painting while brushes with short handles are better suited to watercolor painting. The reason for this distinction is that an oil painter often works standing at an easel and works at a distance from the canvas, creating a bold, loose style (although this is not suited to every oil painter) – while a watercolor artist typically paints closer to the artwork and likes to achieve finer detail.

Artist Brushes – What to Consider When Buying Brushes

When buying artist brushes, you also have to consider what type of painting you plan to do. For example, a large 3-inch (7.62 cm) flat brush is unnecessary if all your work is done on small canvases. Additionally, sable brushes are a must for artists who specialize in creating paintings full of small details. These brushes are also very useful for paintings in which you do not want your brush marks visible.

For the discerning artist, the type of material used in the construction of the brush is an important factor when choosing the best artist brushes for oil painting. Typically, hair brushes with rigid pig bristles are most suitable for applying thick oil paint. If you can afford the expense, consider investing in high-quality artist grade brushes. If you’re on a tight budget, however, cheap paint brushes designed for student artists produce acceptable results if you remember to replace them regularly.

Oil painting for beginners advice

Although artist brushes are often sold individually, beginner oil painters often find it easier to buy a set of brushes for their first projects. This is especially useful if you are not sure what the best oil paint brushes are that suit your particular needs. You’ll then have an assortment of brushes to practice with while you are perfecting your painting technique. If you want to specialize in a particular area of painting, such as portraits or landscapes, you can even buy pre-packed sets with the most common types of brushes used for these projects.

When buying your artist brushes, you may notice your favorite art store has a large selection of similar Acrylic brushes. As a rule, acrylic brushes can also be used for oil painting. However, in most cases, used oil brushes should not be used with acrylic paints.

About the author

Belinda Marshall

Belinda Marshall is a Zimbabwean specializing in African Wildlife Art. She has paintings in private collections all over the world, with commissions coming from UK, Spain, Germany, Russia, Australia, South Korea, Croatia and South Africa. Visit Belinda Marshall Art for more information.

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