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Video:Types of Paint Brushes

with Marco Cutrone

Learn some of the most popular paint brushes used by professionals in this About.com video showing you how and why certain paint brushes achieve certain effects on the canvas.See Transcript

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Transcript:Types of Paint Brushes

Hi, I’m Marco Cutrone here for About.com. Today, I'm going to go over a few of the most common brushes used by artists for painting. 

Filbert Paint Brush

The filbert is a very popular brush. It tends to be a thin, flat brush, with a rounded tip.  

The filbert brush is very popular. It tends to be a thin, flat brush, with rounded hairs at the top of the brush. Filberts are versatile brushes that can be used for several different types of mark making. 

If you apply the side of the brush to your painting surface, it creates a thinner paint stroke. Directly applying the flat side of the brush to a surface creates a broad, thick stroke (depending on the size of the filbert used). 

Filberts that have bristle or hog hairs tend to wear down over time, changing the shape of the brush. Instead of discarding older brushes, you can use them and experiment with different types of mark-making, such as using a dry brush technique. 

Round Paint Brush

The round brush has a medium to long, thin shape. The tip comes to a point. It is often used for detail work and painting lines. Round brushes with especially sharp points are great for painting thinner, more precise lines. This brush will usually load a lot of paint. It is good to purchase a round brush with a little "spring" to it so the brush will maintain it's shape. 

Flat Paint Brush

The flat brush has a broad, thin shape. You can select flat brushes with different length bristles. A flat brushes with short bristles is sometimes referred to as a "bright." 

The flat brush is great for producing a thick, broad stroke. You can also turn the brush on its side to produce a thin, precise line. The flat brushes with long bristles and real hair tend to lead more paint then shorter synthetic brushes.

Fan Paint Brush

The bristles of the fan brush are arranged in a broad, thin fan shape. Even when wet or loaded with paint, the brush will keep its fan shape. It may however wear down over time. The brush is commonly used for blending different colored paints. It can also be used to create unusual marks and textures with the paint. 

Rigger or Liner Paint Brush

The liner brush, also known as a rigger brush, has bristles arranged in a long, thin shape. Some versions of this brush come to a crisp point that produces a sharp, consistent line. Liner brush that have angles tips are often called sword brushes. 

Mop Paint Brush

Mop brushes are commonly in water color painting, especially when making washes. They have a thick, soft, mop-like shape. I personally like to use mop brushes for blending paints and for a tapping technique which blends and distributes paint evenly. 

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