Will Kemp: How To Select The Right Art Brush For Your Acrylic Painting

This is a cracking educational video designed to teach you the differences between various brushes for different paint mediums. The question is ‘hog hair or synthetic?’. Both have there qualities whether it be quality or budget but if you can afford it and your an oil’s painter then go hog hair.

Hog haired brushes are stiffer so are best for moving firmer paints, like oils, around the canvas. With your synthetic brushes you must give them the thumb test in the shop just to break the protective film on them which will allow you to test there spring and workability.

The ‘filbert’ brush is ideal for feathering and blending, so too is the round sable however, the flat type of brush is what’s needed for blocking in areas with paint. The brushes mentioned in this video are: Rosemary & Co Hog – Series 2045 sz 6, Rosemary & Co ivory filbert (perfect for oils) sz 6, Isabey – Isacryl 6572 sz 6 (Acrylics)

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    1. This was very helpful, never thought of using a small sable for acrylics, makes sense. I like the way you showed the maker for certain types. I know Rosemary & Co has wonderful brushes. Many thanks Will for the great lesson. Sure helps us beginners. Kathy

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    2. I’ve been thinking in buying my current set of brushes from Escoda all synthetic, but I still can’t master the brush maintenance, I would just rinse them in water and put them in the brush case. Sometimes I wash them with brush cleaner depending on the bristle but I don’t see any difference if I only rinse them with water and they seem to loose the shape easily, maybe because they are cheap brushes and I should get better ones but I don’t want to spend USD $300 replacing my current set knowing

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    3. I’ve been thinking in buying my current set of brushes from Escoda all synthetic, but I still can’t master the brush maintenance, I would just rinse them in water and put them in the brush case. Sometimes I wash them with brush cleaner depending on the bristle but I don’t see any difference if I only rinse them with water and they seem to loose the shape easily, maybe because they are cheap brushes and I should get better ones but I don’t want to spend USD $300 replacing my current set knowing

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    4. If your brushes are losing their shape easily, it might be the quality of the brush.They will always lose some of their shape but shouldn’t be too noticeable.Maybe invest in just 2 quality brushes and see if it has a effect on your painting, amassing a brush collection takes time so don’t feel you need a huge range. I only use 3 or 4 different brushes 90% of the time, each one only costs about 10 each.Hope this helps,Will

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    5. I usually use a flat a wide (8mm) and a narrow (3mm), a splayed, and many rounded brush with different brush width. These are synthetic and the brand is Sdor. These cost me 3-4. Very good quality and I love using them. And have a set of cheap ponyhair brushes.

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