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Understanding Thickness of Bristles & Length of Brush Handle

Understanding Thickness of Bristles & Length of Brush Handle

Paint brushes come in various shapes and sizes that give you different marks or strokes, all brush shapes can be utilized with any medium, it is the medium that determines the required brush fibers. Now that you have knowledge of the type of brushes to use for a particular medium. The applications determine the brush shape and the size of your canvas or surface determines the size of your brush. The basic rule of thumb, bigger the size of your canvas or surface, requires larger brush sizes.

In today’s blog we are talking about the width or thickness of the bristles and the length of the brush handles. In case you have missed, checkout our previous blog to understand the types of brush hair & brush shape.

What does a number on the brush represent? 

Buying professional paint brushes can be pretty complicated if you do not have the knowledge. The number on the paint brush alludes to the thickness, length, or width of the fibers. Brush marked “4” may look completely different from another manufacturer’s brush number “4”. The brush numbers do not always represent the size of the brush. In such cases, it is best to consult an art expert or the owner of the shop. You can also drop in your queries on our social media channels and we will gladly help you with that.

The better-quality brushes have a 3 part within the seamless brass or nickel-plated or black ferrule that are single, double or triple crimped, some have longer filament and epoxy is used to glue the tip of the wooden brush and hair or filament. Some even seal the wood, so that it has less of a tendency to come apart.

The Silver Silk 88 Series of brushes have great absorbency, colour control and wear resistance. It is the best brush for wet-on-wet technique. With 15 different shapes and 48 sizes, the Silk 88 brushes are best for oil, fluid acrylics, watercolour techniques, gouache and dry brush blending

Long Handled Brushes vs Short Handled Brushes - How does it matter? 

Well, it does!

This is a very important part if you want to know how to choose art paint brushes.

Long handle brushes are ordinarily for painting on an easel. Longer handles permit the craftsman to hold the brush further down towards the base of the handle providing more control. As most easel work is done standing up.

Shorter brushes are often utilized for small artworks, like detail work, or for artistic creations that are made on a flat surface, as artists are sitting down to paint. Shorter handles permit the craftsman to draw near to the surface without the handle getting in the way.

Shop for the Bristlon long handle or short handle synthetic paint brushes from King’s Framing & Art Gallery that provides great control and is suitable for oils, acrylics and watercolours.

Finally, the correct paint brush is the one that you are most comfortable with: Long vs short handle, natural hair vs synthetic filament, and various shapes and sizes to consider - what really counts is the brush size, the marks and medium in choosing the product. It may require some investment and some experimentation to comprehend which brush really works for you, but we hope that this paint brush guide will assist you with settling on an educated choice!

Please check out our extensive line of natural and synthetic and blends of brushes quality descriptions at King’s Framing & Art Gallery Brushes.

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