Paint can make a drawing more lively and vivacious but if it is not applied in the right way, it can make the piece of art look dull and boring. If you aren’t careful you can even end up with a painting that’s unattractive. The most essential tool for painting is the artist paint brush. When using one, make sure you choose the right one. If you know how to select the right tool, you can save a lot of time in this art. Selecting an artist paint brush needs a good understanding of what each of the brush does and what the drawing needs.
Artist paint brushes come in different sizes, shapes and styles, each with a unique purpose in mind. To opt for the right one you must consider the paint that you will be using, its cost as well as the finish that you desire.
Paint choice: If you are making use of latex paint, you will need to use synthetic bristles but if it is the varnish or the oil-based paint that you are using, you should use a good quality natural bristle brush. May be you will need some more money for it, but go for it. The better the bristle’s quality, the glossier and smoother will the finish be.
Handles: These are made from a wide variety of plastic materials or wood. They even come in various shapes and sizes. With all those different choices, the one that only matters really is how it feels. You must get a handle, which will make you feel comfortable when in your hand and is easy to control.
Shedding test: Give the artist paint brush a shedding test. Do this by slapping it against your hands heel and then give some bristles a tug. If you find bristles being pulled out of ferrule easily, don’t use that one. Look for another one of the same kind. In fact there is nothing more irritating than a brush which leaves its bristles behind in paint film.
Size: The smaller brushes also known as sash or trim are mainly used in tight, small spaces. If their bristles are tapered, they can get into corners and groove more easily than the flat bottomed tool of similar size. The wider brushes are however designed for painting the large flat surfaces.
Have the following artist painting tools in your collection and choose them according to your purpose:
Round ones are excellent for control and precision; the flat styles are great for filling in areas as well as edging; the bright brushes are appropriate for detailing and spring actions whereas the rigger styles are mainly used for making lines. The fan shaped tool is used for delicate blending and the mop for splotching and dragging thinned paint all over the canvas.