Hazards of Working With the Wrong Acrylic Brushes

Paintbrushes are the keys to an artist’s trade similar to how pens are keys to a writer’s trade. If you’re a new artist, it can take a few paintings to get accustomed to using the tools. Reading books about how to become a better artist will give you a glimpse on what to expect as you continue working with different colors, using different techniques and creating cool or elegant pictures with instruments like acrylic brushes.

Choose the wrong acrylic brushes and you may never create the exact paintings or sketches you want. No amount of time could help you to get an image to turn out the way you want it to if your brushes are too old, dry or the wrong shape or size. Experience will be one of the greatest teachers for you, making it easier for you to spot a brush that’s perfect for the project you’re working on.

Art Is Fun shares that, “As you paint, you will become increasingly familiar with the way the brushes handle the paint and what they can accomplish for you.” When it comes to acrylic brushes, there is a wide selection of brushes for you to work with, to begin to grow familiar painting with.

Among the types of acrylic brushes you could paint with are brushes with round and pointed round tips. Plaza Art, local art stores and art schools are places that carry broad range of acrylic and other paint brushes. Take your time when shopping at these stores as the selections can be quite large.

While visiting these stores and browsing through the brushes, remember that brushes with pointed round tips are used to paint thinner lines. Flat, bright and filbert brushes make wider strokes. Round detail is another brush that is good for painting thin lines with.

Of the types of acrylic brushes you could use, the fan and angular flat brushes offer some of the most unique strokes. Threads on fan brushes are thin, but the total reach of the brush is wide. Angular flat brushes are great to work with when you’re trying to create uneven strokes. To handle thick paint, choose brushes that have thick hairs or bristles. The opposite applies if you’re using thinner paints.

Supporting tools you can use to improve your skills are pre-made canvases and boards, wood panels, palettes and painting knives. Because acrylic paint is tough to completely clean off surfaces and clothes, it’s a good idea to wear second hand or old scrubby clothes while you’re painting. Also, find a room to paint in. For example, you might want to paint in your garage or basement.

What you might not want to do is paint in an area where lots of wind blows through, as strong breezes could shift paint on a canvas ever so slightly. If you’re painting in your garage, basement or another area, consider using a palette that is built to keep paint wet for longer periods. With these palettes, paint is placed on wax and watercolor paper to keep it from drying out fast.

Guest author: Lionel Scott