Brushes for Acrylic Paint

During my 35+ years of working with acrylic paint I have tried almost every kind of paint brush recommended, literally hundreds and hundreds of different brushes. Acrylic paint destroys brushes, so the first thing I learned is not to spend a lot of money on one. This is diametrically opposed to watercolor brushes, where the more expensive, the better. I own some fabulous watercolor brushes that cost hundreds of dollars each. Not so with acrylic. What I want is a brush that will stay pliable as long as possible, hold a point if needed and spread paint in nice even strokes.

The problem with most cheap brushes is that the brush hairs, no matter what kind, begin to fall out after use. I hate it when I’m working carefully on a difficult passage of paint only to find a brush hair stuck somewhere on the surface. Removing it will usually cause a mess. My next pet peeve is a brush that won’t hold a point, even after just a little bit of use. I call these my fake fan brushes. If I wanted a fan brush I’d buy a fan brush. When I need a point, I want a point, not something that will make a mark as big as a pencil eraser, or look like it was applied with a cue tip. For the last few years I’ve been using an assortment of styles and sizes of white nylon by Winsor & Newton University Series #233, and white sable Robert Simmons . If any of you have a favorite acrylic brush to share just leave the information in the comment section of this blog post.

More tomorrow,

Gail Niebrugge, original pointillism paintings

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