Paint brushes, as you probably know, are one of the most beloved tools in a painter’s studio. Each brush brings you joy for different reasons. Some are very old and sentimental, and some are your brand new friends you’ve yet to use. Paint brushes are very personal and the brushes an artist chooses are entirely up to them. Continue reading to hear what we have found are the best uses for different types of brushes at the Milan Art Institute.
There are 4 basic types of brushes: filbert, flat, round, and fan. They can all be used at any time in the process of a painting, but some are better for specific stages. To make the process go faster, we have found it is best to start your painting with the biggest brush. This is where you block in the main color fields, then gradually move to the smaller brushes as your painting evolves. Mop brushes, chip brushes, or large filberts are great for the first stage. Using a big brush first will help the painting to stay loose and will give it depth in the end.
The next type of brush you use depends on what you are painting and how you are painting it. Generally, filberts are better for defining plain shifts and blending, where as flat brushes are better for crisp clean lines and edges. Fan brushes are great for blending, as well, and can be used at any time in the process. Rounds are best used for details, shapes, lines, and dots. If you’re using a pointed round, the pointed tip is excellent for little details. For any tighter details, you’ll want to use the smallest brushes you have to keep the quality and accuracy in your imagery for those finishing touches.
These paint brush tips are only the beginning! We encourage all artists to experiment with different brushes and different marks; find out which ones are your favorite! Be sure to share your tips and tricks with us on Facebook and Instagram ✨👍