SYNTHETIC OIL BRUSHES
Updated: Feb 8
It's important to research the right kinds of brushes as each one has a specific purpose. Good oil brushes have enough hairs to give it "snap". Oil brushes should not be flimsy. They need to strong enough to hold the viscosity of oils while painting. The brushes below are Escoda Modernista Tadami Sinthetic Mongoose Synthetic.
And when you touch the brush, it feels like real mongoose, but it is not. I love these brushes because their hair count and ferrel are very strong meaning that they last a long time without falling apart. No loss of hairs in chunks. So they do last years and I have several that I have had for about 3 years and they still perform well. I also love the way it applies the paint to the surface.
I prefer the filberts if you are doing figurative because the shape of the brush lends itself well to the organic rounded forms portraiture and the figure. I will probably do a video showing how to use a filbert so you can see how powerful they are.
IF YOU ARE A BEGINNER....
I would stick to a firmer synthetic, the Princeton Catalyst Polytip Bristle Brushes. It's a little less pricey than the synthetic mongoose above and it's a good hearty brush.
FOR MORE INTERMEDIATE AND FOR PROFESSIONALS
You are either experimenting or finding your style and looking for brushes that will get a certain effect or type of mark making.
FOR GLAZING that is putting on a transparent shadows or color effects, I really love the Princeton Select Series, especially the angulars, which get in nice and tight into areas for precision painting.
A GOOD SET TO HAVE should include the following in different sizes as shown in the photo. These sizes are perfect for paintings from 9"x12" to 18"x24".
Princeton Angled Brushes can be purchased here . In upcoming blogs, I will be posting videos on the difference between soft and stiff oil brushes and how to use them properly.
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