Oil Painting Tip Of The Week (13th March 2005)
With so many brushes on the market these days, it can be a little confusing as to which ones to use when starting to paint with oils.
Each brush is designed to make a different mark, so before deciding which ones to select, you need to know what type of effect you wish to achieve.
Rounds & Flats are the most useful, as they are quite versatile. You could add other types, such as Brights & Filberts at a later time.
When you have decided on the type of brush you want to use, you can then choose the quality.
My advice would be to buy the best quality you can afford, as they will hold the paint and produce better 'marks' than cheaper ones. Also, the better the quality, the longer the life of the brush in my experience.
My choice of brushes shown from left to right:
No. 4 Hog's hair Flat
No. 3 Hog's hair Filbert
No. 5 Pro Arte synthetic Flat
No. 3 Pro Arte synthetic Filbert
No. 2 Pro Arte synthetic Round
No. 2 Pro Arte series 202 Acrylix Round
No. 1 Pro Arte series 203 Rigger
Small Maimeri palette knife