There are many kinds of paint brushes used
in oil painting. Paint brushes are fundamental to oil painting
since a paint brush is an extension of the artist's hand. Paint
brushes are important tools to oil painting.
What are paint brushes for
oil painting made from?
Paint brushes for oil painting are often
made from exotic materials. Paint brushes are
categorized by their texture or shape.
How many different textures
do paint brushes for oil painting have?
Paint brushes for oil painting come in just
two textures: soft paint brushes and hard paint brushes.
Hard paint brushes are called bristle
brushes. Bristle paint brushes are resilient, flexible and
tough. Hard bristle paint brushes are made from hog's hair
imported from China. Bristle paint brushes are stiff and strong
and they often leave mark in the oil paint strokes they
Soft paint brushes for oil paint are made
from the softer hair of smaller animals such as squirrel,
monkey and sable. Soft paint brushes are often smaller then
bristle paint brushes. They are also shorter and denser than
bristle paint brushes.
Soft paint brushes are often used to finish
an oil painting and perform detail work. Soft paint brushes
made from sable are often the most expensive.
Consider synthetic paint
Synthetic nylon paint brushes are often
as soft as sable paint brushes but they paint with more
resiliency. However, synthetic paint brushes are cheaper. They
can spread a lot of paint in a big smooth way and can also
handle detail work. Since synthetic paint brushes are
considerably cheaper than natural hair paint brushes, they are
suitable for oil painting beginners.