Okay – I’m admitting it. I have an addictive personality.
No, you won’t find me waking up with a hangover or making late night raids on the freezer for that half-gallon of ice cream.
However, I just can’t seem to help myself when it comes to paintbrushes.
Walking down the aisles of a craft shop, I’m inexorably drawn to those that feature brushes. If I’m online shopping, I’m inevitably looking at the latest brush choices from my favorite web shops.
Brushes For Every Paint
I have so many brushes for the various types of paint that it’s embarrassing. Between watercolor, acrylic and oil paint brushes, I’ve amassed a collection worthy of a classroom. They’re not cheap junk brushes, although you will probably find a few of those in the mix.
It’s always a good idea to keep a few worn out or junk brushes around for use with watercolor masking liquid or if you’re going to be doing so very rough scrubbing on a coarse, hard surface.
In addition to my extensive collection, I take very good care of my brushes by washing and drying them properly after each use and storing them so the bristles won’t be damaged or distorted. By taking proper care of my brushes, they lead a long and satisfying life helping me with my paintings.
Since I’ve been collecting brushes for decades, it becomes more difficult to find new and interesting brushes. If you’re a brush collector, you know what I mean; you need a brush fix, but there doesn’t seem to be anything new and exciting. I’ve compiled some of my latest favorites. I hope they’ll spark your interest as well.
Feed Your Brush Habit
This set of miniature brushes is perfect for those of you who love intricate detail. Whether you’re a miniature painter or prefer to inject some detail-filled areas in your paintings, these little fellows are a perfect set to work with.
The brushes maintain a fine point and are made of superior quality synthetic bristles. The handles are approximately 6-1/2″ long.
The 12 brushes are sized as follows:
- Liners 4/0, 3/0, 2/0, 0 and 1
- Rounds 4/0, 3/0, 2/0, 0 and 1
- Flats 0 and 1
Aqualon Royal And Langnickel Paint Brush Set
These brushes make tedious, repetitive brush strokes a thing of the past. With an Aqualon wisp, you’re screaming through the process of laying in a grassy foreground, covering a bear with fur or creating a decorative plaid or basket weave design.
Great for oil, acrylic or watercolor this pack includes 1/8″, 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″ and 3/4″ angular brushes. Synthetic bristles are attached to a clear handle with a double crimped ferrule and are approximately 10-1/2″ long.
Liquitex Professional Brush Paddle
Talk about speeding through a large-size painting or mural; this three-inch brush paddle is perfect for applying wide swathes of color, glazing or smoothing paint. It fits in the palm of your hand and has dense, short bristles. The synthetic bristles are short, so it has a fairly stiff feel to it. The synthetic bristles clean easily with soap and water.
The bristles aren’t as long as some brushes, so they don’t hold as much liquid in them. The stiffer bristles make it great for oil painting or heavy-body acrylics.
Mudder Water Brush Watercolor Pen Brush
These brushes are great for water-based paints. You can use them with watercolor, inks and with powdered paint you’ve mixed with water. They’re great for shading, highlighting and blending. You can even use them with plain water to remove color.
The package comes with three pen reservoirs and six interchangeable tips. The flat brushes are 4 mm, 7 mm and 10 mm. The pointed brush tips are 3 mm, 4 mm and 5 mm. Cleanup is easy with warm, soapy water and a thorough rinsing.
Creative Hobbies Blender Brush
This funny looking brush can be snapped apart to make smaller brushes. The unusual bristles are made from soft sheep hair and hold tons of watercolor or plain water. The bamboo handle is short, so you have maximum control of the brush.
This thick, firm brush can be used dry to brush away lint or debris on a painting or other delicate surface as well as laying down broad strokes of paint or water over a large area.