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What are the different types of artist paint brushes?

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There are many types artist paint brushes you can use depending on the kind of paint stroke you want to create. Here are some hints on what paint brush to get for your art piece:


paint brush with paint
paint brush with paint

  • Round Brush

A round brush is primarily used for thin and detailed strokes. It’s bristles are in a round shape and come to a sharp point that allows the brush to make thin lines. The round brush functions best when it is made out of Kolinsky Sable-hair (actually from the tail of a weasel). Kolinsky Sable-hair is popular because of its springiness and tapered-shape.


  • Filbert Brush

A filbert brush is a narrow/flat brush that has bristles that come to a point in the middle. This brush is versatile because it can be used for thin strokes on its flat side and for narrow strokes on its thin side.


  • Flat Brush

A flat brush is thin, flat, and its bristles are even in length. The bristles can also vary in length. This type of brush is best used for short and precise strokes. A flat brush can also create a thin line when turned on its side.


  • Mop Brush

Mop brushes are large, thick, and round brush that holds a great amount of paint. These brushes are ideal for big strokes and large paint watercolor washes.


  • Fan Brush

A fan brush is a small and thin brush. Its bristles are fanned out by the ferrule (metal clamp) in a thin layer. The fan brush is mostly used to paint hair, grass, and thin tree branches. It is also used to mix paint colors.


  • Rigger/Liner Brush

Rigger/Liner Brushes are very thin, round, and have fairly long bristles. The bristle-ends come in many different shapes (even, tapered, angled). These brushes are best for making detailed lines. Rigger/Liner brushes are often used to create tree branches, cat whiskers, and artist signatures.