Showing posts with label Paint Brush. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paint Brush. Show all posts

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Paint Brush - Technical - Q&A

Paint Brush - Technical - Q&A
Q. Can I use my acrylic and watercolor brushes for painting with water soluble oils? You may use your brushes any way you choose if you get the results you want. But your brushes will generally work better and last longer if you use them with the medium for which they were designed.
Over the years, brushes have been fine tuned by manufacturers in response to artists' requirements, and each one is made for a specific purpose. Their fibers-natural hair, synthetics or a mixture of the two-have qualities that respond to their use in very particular ways. As a result, their versatility has some limitations The two areas that most notably affect these limitations are the viscosity of the paint and the solvent you're using with the paint.
If you use paints thickly, as impasto, bristle brushes will be the most useful because they're the stiffest. So if you're using your water-soluble oils thickly, not recommend using your soft-hair water color brushes. Your acrylic brushes, however are acceptable in this case if they're synthetic or relatively stiff bristled. If you plan to use your water soluble oils more thinly, as in glazing, use soft-hair or synthetic brushes designed for oil painting.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Paint Brush - Know How To Select Brush - Part 2

What you need to know about Watercolor Brushes
If you're a watercolor painter, you have two basic categories of brush to 
consider when selecting the right tool to suit your painting needs. First, you'll need a brush that will deliver enough water and pigment to cover broad areas or washes. The flat, the wash and the mop are all good examples of this type of brush. 
Secondly, you'll need another type of brush for drawing, details and special effects. The round is the most versatile brush in this category, but there are several other specialized brushes you can also check out. To get the best results for your own painting style, you'll want to experiment with several styles of brush in each category.
When shopping for brushes, be sure to evaluate their quality, Many brushes look good in the counter display, but appearances can be deceiving. A truly good watercolor brush doesn't just look good, it must also have snap, retain its shape when wet and have proper loading qualities. Most brushes come from the manufacturer with a coat of glycerine (sizing) on the hair. They look perfect with a fine point and a fat belly, but you won't know the true character of the brush until you've softened the glycerine coating. Especially when you're buying a round brush, ask for a glass of water to swish the brush in. Then try snapping it-literally snapping your wrist to reform the bristles. If the bristles don't return to a point or if there's more than one point, select another brush. This brush will probably never give you the results you want. at Hair
In the world of watercolor brushes, kolinsky sable is considered the best you can get. In general, kolinsky provides excellent flow, spring and snap as well as a fabulous point. Unfortunately, a kolinsky sable can also be quite expensive, running as much as several hundred dollars for a large brush.
There are, however several other good options to choose from. Sable or red sable brushes are moderately priced and still quite responsive. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Paint Brush - Know How To Select Brush - Part 1

Paint Brush
Know-How to select the brushes 
that gives you the painting results you're after, whether you work in oils, acrylic or watercolor. No other piece of an artist's equipment is more important than a quality, responsive brush. You may have a beautifully prepared canvas, perfect working light, brilliant pigments and a sturdy easel. But if your brush doesn't perform, chances are that your painting won't be as good as it could be. After all, the brush is the tool that most directly transfers your ideas, your touch and your passion onto the canvas or paper.
If your brushes aren't performing up to expectations, you'll probably waste a lot of time and effort, and lose the thread of what you're doing in the process. Fighting your brushes to get the effect you want isn't worth the battle, and with the quality and quantity of choices available now, it's not necessary, either.
Instead, use your time to figure out what type, size and shape of brush will help you get exactly the results you want no matter what look you're going for. All it takes is a little experimentation. Whether you work in oil, acrylic or watercolor here you'll find all the steps you need to take to find the brush or brushes that are perfect for you. you need to know about Oil & Acrylic Brushes
When you enter an art supply store, there are two key decisions you'll have to make to select the brush you need. First, you have to determine what style or shape of brush you're after. Brush shapes can vary from flat and round to fan and filbert and more. Next you must decide what fiber (natural or synthetic) you prefer.