Painting: anatomy of a brush to choose well

Each part of the brush will influence the style and the painting technique used:

The handle,
The type of tip.

The quality of a pictorial work depends on the type and range of brushes used.

In this sense, it must be pleasant to grip and comfortable.

For a watercolor – made of aqueous solution – the handle will be shorter than that used to make an acrylic or glycerophthalic painting (linseed oil paint), this technique needs to be precise.

By choosing a long handle, the painter will have more distance and recoil on his canvas compared to his subject.

The quality and type of bristles of the brush determine that of the canvas.

Brushes can be made of natural hair and synthetic bristles. Here are the different types of hair:

Extra-fine natural bristles: they allow a great absorption of the colors and a great retention of the water,
The hairs sable or petit-gris: the name of the marten of the pines and the squirrel, of which one takes the hairs of the tail, (defenders of the animal cause to abstain), they are the finest natural hairs, perfect for wash and flowing techniques (used in acrylic paint to better disperse pigments). They bring strength, fineness and flexibility to the brush and their volume increases by 20% when they are moistened,
Fine natural hair,
The hairs of polecat, beef ear, goat or pony, very well adapted to the watercolor painting,
Pork bristles have exceptional elasticity and resistance. Suitable for oil painting,
Synthetic bristles: nylon or perlon, these hairs are very elastic and have a superior resistance to natural hair. Perfect for acrylic paint, they help limit the rough edges on the canvas.