The best types of brushes for acrylic paint are synthetic bristles, though natural fibers can also be used. Choose the best brush material, size and shape with a demonstration from an award-winning artist in this free video on painting with acrylics.
Hello, I'm Jacklyn Laflamme. I'm a professional artist with JacklynLaflamme.com. Let's talk a little bit about brush types for acrylic painting. I tend to prefer to use synthetic hairs when I acrylic paint. Acrylic paints are very, very harsh on brushes, and you have to really, really take good care to always keep your brushes wet while you're working, and really wash them very well and don't ever let the paint dry. This is one brush; this is one size brush that I like to use in particular when I'm doing backgrounds. I like to use, like, a larger brush, and I actually am using, like, almost, like, a house painting brush for that. This one here I like to use for finer details and points, and the nice thing about this one is that it spreads out, and you can do thicker lines and then bring it to a thinner point, depending on the amount of pressure that you apply when you're brushing on the paint. This one here is a little bit rougher. It's a very, very inexpensive brush, but I like this one when I'm trying to create texture, and I can point it down on the canvas, or I can just drag it across to get a nice, big, thick straight line. Again, the same thing with this one as well. It comes a little bit more to a point here, so I can get a little bit more detail when I'm working. My favorite brushes at the end, when I'm putting in my fine details, are these little thin ones, and I like the long bristles on them because they tend to hold the paint, and you can do a lot of really fine work.
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