A Guide to Beginner’s Acrylic Painting Part One: Brushes

Exactly one year ago yesterday I started my love for painting, and I thought I’d share a few tips and tricks that I’ve learned – and since I am still a beginner a few things I might have in common with you.


Brushes are very important, and I’ve found that the nicer your brush and really all your supplies, the better your finished piece can become. When you’re in the art store, you will probably be just like me an go oh, I really like this one it’s so soft – and yes, the feel of your brush is important. Most of these brush companies put a special gel that keeps the fibers of the brush in place and making the brush stay in shape, that is until this quick drying gel washes off with some water.

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Try an see in this photo. the brush on the left’s bristles are straight up an down, sleek. But the brush on he right is a bit more miffed and you can see that it doesn’t look as nice. This is the same type of brush, but the one on the right has been washed and the one on the left still has that dried gel on it. Which one would you rather buy, just by looking at it? Some of you may have to have really looked to see the difference, this is a good nice brush. However a cheap not good brush might look really nice but not be so great once you wash that gel off.

The Anatomy of a Brush

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We’ll start at the bottom, then work our way up. First, we have the handle of course. These can be wood or plastic, plastic is my personal favorite because wood tends to peel if it is soaked in water for very long. Next, is the writing you see on the brush handle. It normally has the type of brush it is, this one’s a filbert. Next is the brand and or size of brush. This brush is a number 10 filbert. Almost last is the crimp and the ferrule. The crimp is where the metal starts, and the ferrule is where the metal ends. When you are gripping your brush you want to grip it somewhat like a pencil, right up against the crimp. Last and most important, the hairs or bristles. These can be natural or synthetic. Most of the time the most durable are synthetic. The midsection of the hairs are called the belly, and the very tip of the brush is known as the toe.

I hope this helped you understand more about painting and brushes. Please subscribe to this blog to get a reminder of every time I post a new piece! If you have any questions or comments please reply in the comment section below. Thanks, and have a great rest of your day!

Yours Truly, The Blue Eyed Crafter



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