paint paint brushes are used for applying ink or paint. These are usually made
by clamping the bristles to a handle with a ferrule.
Short handled paint paint brushes are for water color or ink painting while the
long handled paint paint brushes are for oil or acrylic paint. The styles of
paint brush tip seen most commonly are:
Round paint brush: Long closely arranged bristles for detail
Flat paint brush: For spreading paint quickly and evenly over a surface. They
will have longer hairs than their Bright counterpart.
Bright paint brush: Flat paint paint brushes with short stiff bristles, good for
driving paint into the weave of a canvas in thinner paint applications, as well
as thicker painting styles like impasto work.
Filbert paint brush: Flat paint paint brushes with domed ends. They allow good
coverage and the ability to perform some detail work.
Fan paint brush: For blending broad areas of paint.
Angle paint brush: Like the Filbert, these are versatile and can be applied in
both general painting application as well as some detail work.
Mop paint brush: A larger format paint brush with a rounded edge for broad soft
paint application as well as for getting thinner glazes over existing drying
layers of paint without damaging lower layers.
Rigger paint brush: Round paint paint brushes with longish hairs, traditionally
used for painting the rigging in pictures of ships. They are useful for fine
lines and are versatile for both oils and watercolors.
Some other styles of paint brush include:
Sumi: Similar in style to certain watercolor paint paint brushes, with a
generally thick wooden or bamboo handle and a broad soft hair paint brush that
when wetted should form a fine tip.
Hake: An Asian style of paint brush with a large broad wooden handle and an
extremely fine soft hair used in counterpoint to traditional Sumi paint paint
brushes for covering large areas. Often made of goat hair.
Spotter: Round paint paint brushes with just a few short bristles. These paint
paint brushes are commonly used in spotting photographic prints.
paint brush care
The bristles of a sweeping paint brush natural/artificial hair paint brush
utilized in one medium (oil paint, acrylic, watercolor, etc.) should not be used
again in a different medium, unless the nature of each medium and accompanying
solvent affects the hairs of the paint paint brushes differently. Using paint
paint brushes across media can cause them to age prematurely. This information
does not apply to synthetic hair paint paint brushes.
Paint and solvent residue should be cleaned from paint paint brushes after use.
After removing most of the paint from the bristles manually with an appropriate
solvent, detergent and water should be used to clean the paint brush further.
After a thorough cleaning, natural hair paint paint brushes benefit from using a
paint brush conditioner on the hairs to restore oils. A conditioner can be
worked into the bristles which can then be shaped to a point and left to dry.
Before the next painting session, the conditioner should be removed with water.
paint paint brushes should not be left bristle-end down in solvent for a
prolonged period. Doing so will cause distress to the paint brush shape and may
cause the bristles to splay out and lose their shape. Methods of suspending
paint paint brushes in solvent include a metal spring, a mesh or a clamp. These
grip paint brush handles and do not allow the bristles of the paint brush to
touch the bottom of the solvent container. Also, leaving paint paint brushes in
solvent for a prolonged period can cause damage to the bristles themselves by
stripping oils and swelling, to the ferrule, to the adhesive used to hold
bristles in place, and to the wooden handle.
An environmentally friendly way of removing oil paint from paint paint brushes
while paint is wet is to immerse the paint brush in a container containing
vegetable oil. The oil will naturally cleanse away the oil paint.
Sizes and materials
 Decorators' paint paint brushes
The sizes of paint paint brushes used for painting and decorating is given in mm
or inches, referring to the width of the head.
Common sizes are:
⅛ in, ¼ in, ⅜ in, ½ in, ⅝ in, ¾ in, ⅞ in, 1 in, 1¼ in, 1½ in, 2 in, 2½ in, 3 in,
3½ in, 4 in.
10 mm, 20 mm, 30 mm, 40 mm, 50 mm, 60 mm, 70 mm, 80 mm, 90 mm, 100 mm.
Bristles may be natural or synthetic. Natural bristles are preferred for
oil-based paints and varnishes, while synthetic paint paint brushes are better
for water-based paints as the bristles do not expand when wetted.
Handles may be wood or plastic; ferrules are metal (usually nickel-plated
Artists' paint paint brushes
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Category:paint paint brushesArtists' paint paint brushes are usually given
numbered sizes, although there is no exact standard for their physical
From smallest to largest, the sizes are:
10/0, 7/0 (also written 0000000), 6/0, 5/0, 4/0, 000, 00, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30. paint paint
brushes as fine as 30/0 are manufactured by major companies, but are not a
Sizes 000 to 20 are most common.
Artists' paint paint brushes are most commonly categorized by type and by shape.
Types include: watercolor paint paint brushes which are usually made of sable,
synthetic sable or nylon; oil painting paint paint brushes which are usually
made of sable or bristle; and acrylic paint paint brushes which are almost
entirely nylon or synthetic. Turpentine or thinners used in oil painting can
destroy some types of synthetic paint paint brushes. However, innovations in
synthetic bristle technology have produced solvent resistant synthetic bristles
suitable for use in all media. Natural hair, squirrel, badger or sable are used
by watercolorists due to their superior ability to absorb and hold water.
Shapes include rounds (pointed), flats, brights (shorter than flats) and
filbert. Other shapes include stipplers (short, stubby rounds), deer-foot
stipplers, liners (elongated rounds), daggers, scripts (highly elongated
rounds), egberts and fans.
Bristles may be natural — either soft hair or hog bristle — or synthetic.
Soft hair paint paint brushes are made from Kolinsky sable or ox hair (sabeline);
or more rarely, squirrel, pony, goat, mongoose or badger. Cheaper hair is
sometimes called camel hair, although it does not come from camels.
Hog bristle (often called china bristle or Chunking bristle) is stiffer and
stronger than soft hair. It may be bleached or unbleached.
Synthetic bristles are made of special multi-diameter extruded nylon filament.
Artists' paint brush handles are commonly wooden but can also be made of molded
plastic. Many mass-produced handles are made of unfinished raw wood; better
quality handles are of seasoned hardwood. The wood is sealed and lacquered to
give the handle a high-gloss, waterproof finish that reduces soiling and
Metal ferrules may be of aluminum, nickel, copper, or nickel-plated steel. Quill
ferrules are also found: these give a different "feel" to the paint brush. The
top of the range paint paint brushes, however, usually have ferrules made from
transparent plastic tightened in place by thin wire.