As you can imagine, there are various types and different kinds of brushes that can be used to paint with. I will list the most common in a moment. But of course you don’t need all these different brushes to get started.
When first starting with water painting, we would recommend buying the following four styles of brushes:
Two “round” brushes, sizes 6 and 12.
One “flat” brush, size 20
One “mop” brush, a size in between 6 and 12.
Others can be added at any time. It must be added that some good brushes can be quite expensive. There are two main differences that will also influence the cost, brushes made out of natural hair and synthetic fiber brushes.
Natural hair is of higher quality, having a higher capacity, a more delicate release and a longer durability. The newest synthetic brushes are fine for the start and have the advantage of being far cheaper. I have always been happy with DaVinci brushes of both kinds, but there are now a lot good brush manufactures.
Since brushes are quite dear, you should take good care of them. When using natural hair brushes, don’t mix different mediums of paint, this can cause them to age quicker. Also, don’t leave it upside down in water too long, this causes the bristles to splay out and lose their shape. If you are using oil paint, you can plunge it into vegetable oil to remove the paint (while it is wet) it’s an environmentally friendly way of cleaning.
It’s the style of the brush tip gives the brush it’s name, here is the list:
Round: is for detail
Flat: spreads the paint quickly and evenly.
Bright: has short stiff bristles.
Filbert: good for detail
Fan: For blending broad areas of paint.
Angle: very versatile
Mop: For soft paint application
Rigger: Useful for fine lines.
Remember: it’s never the brush, it’s the artist that counts.