Oil Painting Brushes
Brushes are an important tool for painting and it is false economy to buy cheap ones. Buy the best you can afford, respect and look after them well and they will last for many years.
Bristle Brushes for Oil painting.
The bristle is cleaned, sorted, sized, sterilized and wrapped into bundles for each brush, this is then hand tied and 'cupped' to form the various shapes. The bristle is then set into the metal 'ferrule' using a special type of resin glue. The best ferrules are seamless nickel-plated copper and they contribute to the size, balance and shape of the brush. The ferrule is then crimped on to a lacquered hardwood handle, the handle carries all the information about the size, make and type of brush. Brushes for oil painting, more often than not, are long handled, this helps the balance of the brush and allows you some distance from the work, very helpful when painting large canvases.
Standard brush shapes for oils are:- Filbert - shaped like a filbert nut; Bright - flat with short bristle; Flat - flat with long bristle; Fan - shaped like a fan and sometimes referred to as a fan blender; Round - shaped like a bullet which comes to a blunt point. Hogs are often used for expressive brush work, the imprint of the bristle remaining in the applied paint to give texture.
Other Brushes used in oil painting.
The brush shapes in general use are:- Filbert, Bright, Flat, Fan, Round, and Rigger. The effect you wish to create, dictates the choice of shape and filament. The one on the right is a 3/8" Pro Arte Flat One-stroke, a mix of Sable and synthetic filament.
We have a good selection of high quality brushes in our online shop at J and T's Art and Calligraphy
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