The Best Paint Brushes For Acrylic Paint

With all the choices in the paint supply aisle, it may be hard to determine which are the best brushes to use for acrylic painting. Here are some tips and advice to help you out.
Since acrylic paint is a thick paint compared to watercolor you should have a few sizes of stiff bristle brushes. Bristle brushes are essential for the acrylic artist. They are great for adding large quantities of paint as an under painting to the canvas and they are also superb for blending paint directly on the canvas. I have several sizes of bristle brushes and use them for blending and dry brushing as well. These brushes do wear down after a period of time, but for the amount of work they do, they are worth every dime you spend on them. The bristle brush comes in square and rounded shapes.
Another necessary brush is a liner or script brush. This brush has long soft bristles. It holds a lot of paint and is typically used for long continuous strokes such as for tree limbs or blades of grass in a landscape and hair strands in a portrait. Having a variety of liner brushes will ensure that your ready for most detail work.
The third brush I recommend is the fan brush. Beginners should use caution because they typically do not understand how to use a fan brush correctly. If used properly a fan brush can create beautiful waterfalls and pine tree effects in a painting. The trick with a fan brush is to practice until you are comfortable with what it can do for you.
A filbert brush may be useful for the acrylic artist as well. The filbert brush also holds a lot of paint and is softer than a bristle brush. This brush is often used for blending and detail work where you want a gentler touch.
There are hundreds of choices of brushes when it comes to acrylic painting needs. In reality, you only need four or five styles of brushes for starters. Don’t be overwhelmed by the endless choices available. Stick to these four styles and you will be able to paint anything with acrylics!