Painting is a great way to get your
creative juices running. Many top scientists and
thinkers in the history of mankind have given great
praise to the soothing power of art that can move your
mind like no other logical endeavor could. Whether you'd
like to be more creative, see the world with different
eyes or simply have a lovely hobby that can both relax
you and entertain you,
painting is a great
pass time that anyone can take.
Most beginners, however, are a little
daunted when it comes to selecting their materials. They
assume (and quite rightly so) that the tools that you
use for the trade make a deep impact in the quality of
your pieces. They don't want to end up like the fellow
who took up the lonely
Russian course Detroit
offered and latter wondered why he couldn't speak like a
real native. While this is all true to an extent, the
differences in quality and diverse characteristics of
the different materials really come to place when you've
mastered the basics and are looking for tools that can
supplement your skills. For the first timers, we've put
up a little guide on how to choose your brush that will
get you a painless start right away.
How to Choose your Brush
|There are many brands, types and sizes
when it comes to
selecting a brush.
Sometimes it's very difficult to find out what exactly
separates the £7 brush from the £30 that looks exactly
the same. It's hard to make a choice when you can't tell
the difference. Like with our metaphor above, it's easy
to select between
English courses in Ottawa
and those given in London, but here we have no such easy
choice. The truth is that any brush will work for its
intended purpose: as an applicator of paint. The fact
is, however, that some (some hair types or some shapes)
will work best for certain tasks than others.
|Form Follows Function
|The selection of your brush
should follow an evaluation of the
brush's ability to work with the
|• The properties of your paint
and other media (composition,
viscosity, cleaning solvent used and
|• The properties of the surface
you'll be working on (the texture,
firmness and absorbency)
|• The technique you plan to use
and the final product you're looking
Whether before synthetic brushes were
only used (but great at) for painting outside of your
home and little else, today they have become a staple of
the art industry and something that a beginner can
really take advantage of. Thanks to the advances in the
technology, there are now a wide variety of synthetic
fibers of high quality that make synthetic brushes a
cheaper alternative to some of the natural hair brushes.
The Problems of Some
|• Natural hair is a by-product of other
industries. The price of natural hair brushes usually
swings wildly because of this.
• Environmental and Climatic conditions affect the
quality of the hair (thus, you can't always count on
getting the same quality product.)
• Fine quality natural hair brushes can be awfully
expensive and uniform quality is harder to achieve.
Advantages of Synthetic
|• They are less expensive than their
natural brush equivalent.
• Man made synthetic filament is much less prone to
damage from solvents, bugs or even paint.
• They are easier to clean and much more durable (less
prone to breaking.)
• Can be used for both watercolors and oils and work
like a charm with acrylics.