Acrylic Painting Brushes I Use

Acrylic Painting Brushes I Use

The question I get asked the most is, "What kind of brushes do you use?" I'm always happy to share what I use, but it really doesn't matte what I use. Brushes are a personal preference and what I use may not work for you. It really only matters what you use, and what you can do with it! But since I always get this question, I am providing this video to solve the mystery.

Brushes come in three basic varieties: Natural Bristle, Nylon Bristle, and Hybrid ( a mix of natural and nylon).

My preferred brushes are those with natural bristles. Typically they are inexpensive and listed as primer brushes or gesso brushes. I like the natural bristles because I fell they are better at blending than nylon brushes, and have a soft edge. I use these inexpensive bushes because I use about one brush per color, so I may use 20-30 brushes per painting. Buying lots of the inexpensive brushes is easier on my budget. The downside of the bristle brushes is they are more difficult to clean. I usually use a wire brush to get out the paint solids from the bristles.

I also use a few smaller nylon brushes. They have a harder edge that I use for cutting in edges at my centers of interest, but otherwise don't use them. They are about three times the cost of the natural bristle brushes I use.

Here is what I use:

  • 2" Natural Bristle Brushes: Creative Mark Primer Brush from Jerry's Artarama; Blick Gesso Brush from Dick Blick; Escoda Natural Chungking Bristle Brush from Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, size 24 (this brush is more expensive, but I like the long handle).
  • 2" Nylon Bristle Brushes: Raphael Sepia Brush, size 50 from Jerry's Artarama.
  • 2.5" Natural Bristle Brushes: Creative Mark Primer Brush from Jerry's Artarama; Blick Gesso Brush from Dick Blick.
  • 3" Natural Bristle Brushes: Creative Mark Primer Brush from Jerry's Artarama; Blick Gesso Brush from Dick Blick.

Mystery solved!

Tell me what kind of brushes you like for acrylic painting and why.

 

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David

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