When you are going to start painting, first you need a brush that is suitable for painting. As a beginner, generally we only need one type of brush.
But as an artist or interior designer, there are several types of brushes that are commonly used. This article will explain the various types of brushes that are commonly used and their uses.
The Household Brushes
Household brushes are brushes used for large-scale painting projects around the home, such as painting walls, furniture, ceilings, trim, or banisters.
Household brushes tend to be bulky and designed to handle a lot of paint and work without being messy. There are several types of household brushes, including:
1. Angled Sash Brushes
The angled sash brush, also known as the “cutting brush”, is generally used for cutting around walls and other architectural designs when painting. This brush has bristles that are cut at an angle, which makes it possible to ensure that you paint clean, nice lines.
This brush is generally used for doors with panels, furniture, and cabinet fronts. This brush is also ideal for painting in tight spaces, such as gaps between windows or gaps between doors and walls.
2. Wall Brushes
Wall brushes are very large brushes and have flat, square tips. These brushes come in various sizes so you can easily choose the one that will meet your needs. These sizes include 3 inches, 4 inches, and 6 inches.
3. Round Sash Brushes
This brush has a very blunt tip, is pointed and has a soft edge. This brush is great for covering large areas on walls or other painting projects.
These brushes are generally small (20-40 mm), and are used for decorative purposes, such as for window mounts.
4. Foam Brushes
These brushes are generally ideal for certain situations and make some jobs a lot easier and faster. Foam brushes are generally specially designed to accommodate large amounts of stain, paint, and urethane.
This brush can produce a very smooth finish in the final project, as long as you are careful not to leave a lot of air bubbles in the product you are working on.
These brushes are low cost and inexpensive. This brush is widely used in painting partitions, cabinets, and furniture, but rarely for larger spaces, such as walls.
5. Stencil Brushes
If you want to give a picture or painting on your wall, then an art brush is not the right brush. For walls, a brush that is commonly used is a stencil brush.
Stencil brushes are generally round in shape and have bristles of the same length, resulting in a uniform image.
Art brushes are brushes that are smaller than household brushes, and have a different shape to the bristles. As the name suggests, these brushes are used for jobs that require detail, such as painting.
This brush can be used with oil, acrylic, and watercolor paints. These brushes are available in various sizes, but cannot be used for household chores. Art brushes are divided into several types:
1. Washing Brushes
The wash brush is a brush with acrylic bristles with a square tip and long bristles. This brush is ideal for varnishing because it paints thicker than other brushes, so it generally tends to be faster and smoother.
This brush can produce nice bold strokes and the edges can be used to create fine lines, straight edges, and lines.
2. Angled Brushes
As the name suggests, angled brushes are the same as angled sash brushes, in that they have slanted bristles. These brushes are also commonly known as shaders because of their flexibility in filling small areas to larger areas without any effort. This brush is generally used to create curved lines and fill in corners.
3. Flat Brushes
The flat brush is a mini version of the wash brush, and is generally used to paint bold lines in smaller spaces.
4. Fan Brushes
A fan brush is a brush that has bristles spread like a fan. This brush is generally used to paint natural and landscape elements.
This brush can also be used to blend backgrounds or add subtle highlights to darker areas. Some objects that can be painted with this brush include feathers and leaf textures.
5. Round Brushes
These brushes generally have rounded tips, and give them greater control over the flow of paint as they are generally narrower than other brushes. Round brushes are generally used to paint fine lines and details in sensitive areas.
6. Liner Brushes
This brush is thinner than a round brush, has long bristles, but can absorb a lot of ink. These brushes are generally used for writing letters and numbers, or for creating autographs for some artists.
7. Filbert Brushes
A filbert brush is a brush with medium to long bristles with an oval tip. This brush is a combination of round and flat brushes and is generally preferred by figurative artists.