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Whether you are looking to paint like Picasso, Monet is your muse, or Dali is your inspiration, we have the art supplies that you need to create beautiful pieces. With just about every type of paint in just about every colour imaginable, canvases to provide the base, ink, pencils, pens and more, find everything that you need for painting, drawing and painting in our art supplies selection at Spotlight.

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How To Select Paintbrushes For Acrylic Painting?

Experienced artists already know the difference a good paintbrush can make when it comes down to artwork. Of course, the effect of certain paintbrushes can change with the kind of paint you use, this is no different for acrylic paintbrushes. So, how do you select the right paintbrushes for your beginner projects?

What Shapes Of Paintbrushes Are Commonly Used For Acrylic Painting?

When you start working with acrylic paints, you will need at least eight different shapes of paintbrushes, this enables you to execute all the techniques properly. These shapes include round, pointed round, flat, bright, filbert, angular flat, fan, and detail round. Below, we have explained in more detail what each brush is used for.

What Are Round And Angular Brushes Used For?

The flat brush and the angular brush are those you will use a lot for your acrylic art. A flat brush or angular brush can hold a considerable amount of paint, this means it is best used for soft stroke techniques or to paint larger areas on the canvas. A good flat or angular brush can also be used to blend, it all depends on your preference.

Please note that a flat brush or an angular brush can be used for more than just long strokes. Considering the small tips on the side of the brush, you can also use this brush to create some smaller lines and minor details. Of course, other paintbrushes may be more suitable for this purpose. Once again, it all comes down to your preference once you obtain your own painting style.

What Are Round And Pointed Brushes Used For?

Round and pointed paintbrushes are wonderfully versatile for those who work with acrylic paints. Round and pointed brushes can cover large areas and deliver relatively bold strokes. However, through their thinner pointed appearance, they can also deliver finer lines and more detailing.

As you try new techniques as an artist, you will notice that you might prefer to use a specific paintbrush over others. As a beginner, it takes some time to figure out which of your paintbrushes you will be using the most.

Does The Size Of The Paintbrush Matter?

Most beginners do not consider the size of their paintbrush. While this is something you start worrying about once you become more advanced, it is important to know how the size of a brush can influence your techniques and abilities.

When you are looking for versatility, it is best to use a medium-sized brush. Medium brushes can handle most tasks, yet it can be a matter of jack-of-all trades and master of nothing. Therefore, it is useful to have some of the other sized brushes too.

Once you become more advanced, you should have a look at acquiring some small-sized brushes too. Smaller sized brushes make it easier to do some detailing on your artwork. Once you are ready to work with detailing, they will become indispensable.

Finally, you want to obtain some larger brushes too. Larger size brushes are perfect to cover bigger areas on your canvas. Since this can be a painstaking task with smaller brushes, you will use the larger brushes relatively fast.

As we mentioned at the start of this section, you do not have to acquire all these sizes when you just start out. However, there are some sizes that may be easier to work with for you. Ideally, you want to get paintbrushes between sizes six and eight.

What Are The Best Bristles For Acrylic Paints?

You might be aware that paintbrush bristles can be made from various materials. They can be made from natural hairs such as sable and hog bristle, but also from synthetic materials. So, which are best for acrylic paints?

While artists can have their own preferences where paintbrush bristles are concerned, most artists prefer synthetic bristles for acrylic paints. These bristles are more suitable for acrylic resins and can easily be soaked in water. However, artists must take good care of these brushes to increase their durability, as they can lose their shape relatively quickly if proper care is not taken.

Of course, if you prefer natural bristles for your technique as you develop your skills as an artist, you can consider natural bristles. However, additional maintenance will be required.

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