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A wide selection of brush shapes and sizes chosen to satisfy each of the paint and craft techniques. Our complete range of artist brushes can be found under Tools > Brushes & Applicators >
Cleaning Your Paint Brushes:
Brushes used for acrylics or oils should be cleaned as soon as the work session is finished. These paints dry hard (and quickly in the case of acrylics) and it is very difficult, if not impossible, to save these brushes.
If you are interrupted when painting with oils, one ready solution is to wrap your brush in cling film and put it in the freezer. This will help prevent the paint from hardening for several days. Otherwise, brushes should be cleaned immediately after use. A solvent-based cleaner is the best solution for removing the oil from the bristles.
Wash off watercolours, gouache or acrylic paints with clean water and a mild soap and then rinse under running water. Dry the brush with absorbent paper by wiping from the ferrule through to the tips of the hairs. If there is paint residue, it will transfer to the paper. Repeat process if this occurs.
Try to keep your brush dry and blot-off excess water (or thinner in the case of oils) after you rinse it.
Some tips for using your brush for broad sweeps, paint detailing and for applying washes in creating fine art work:
Hold the brush at the middle or towards the end of the handle. This allows the movement to come from the wrist. Do not hold the brush too close to the metal ferrule unless you are working in detail.
Keep the brush and ferrule from holding water or other solvents by drying off any excess which may be trapped above your paint load with absorbent paper. This will prevent diluting the paint on the brush or even from running onto the painted surface and harming the detail you are working on.
Different brush strokes can be achieved by varying pressure or changing direction. Pressing down hard with a loaded brush will fill in an area and pressing lightly with the same brush will only transfer paint from the high spots, leaving holes to show the under painting beneath.
Scrubbing the brush backwards and forwards across the surface will produce a cross-hatched effect, while a circular motion will emulate the swirls of clouds or the crest of a wave. Many artists use items which are available as they work to create painterly effects, ranging from the wrong end of the brush to fingers and pieces of fabric and paper to spread and merge the applied paint.
Stippling gently with the end of brush can be used to paint foliage on trees, while flattening the brush out at a right angle to its ferrule will create a fan shape for feathering edges.
When painting a line which narrows at the end, begin with the brush hairs spread out to the width required and then reduce the pressure, slightly turn the brush as you sweep it across the surface. The turn of the brush will bring the hairs into a point.
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