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Buyers guide to Acrylic Paintbrushes Part 2
Pointed Round Brush
This is narrower than the round paintbrush and has a pointed tip. This is perfect for detailed work such as outlines, smaller areas and touching up your painting. Many artists use it when their piece is close to completion to fix small details.
The flat paintbrush is most often used for varnishing, filling wide spaces and great for use with impasto medium. You can also use the straight edge to your advantage for creating clean edges and strips. It has a square end, with medium to long bristles.
Fan Paint Brush
This brush is a favourite for smoothing, mixing, and feathering. Synthetic hairs are better for textural impacts, mists, and leaves on trees. True to it’s name, the fan brush has bristles that spread out in the shape of a fan. It’s important to care for your brush as acrylic paint can cause the hairs to bunch and ruin your brush.
Detail Round Brush
The detail round brush has a shorter handle, round shaped and shorter hairs. It holds a lot of paint for its size and great for adding detail and quick short strokes.
Angular Flat Brush
Filling in small spaces and beautiful curved strokes are some of the feats that can be achieved with this brush. However, it is very versatile as it can also be used to cover larger areas. It is a flat brush that has an angled tip.
When I paint, I find that it is important to use a range of paint brushes as each have unique characteristics that are suitable for a particular style or look that you want to achieve. It is important to have a range of brushes at you disposal so you are using the right tool for the job. I hope this guide will help you do just that!
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