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There are a multitude of brushes on the market, and choosing the right one can be daunting. So we’ve selected a number of the ranges we offer which are more suitable for acrylic painting.
There’s only really one benchmark for brushes used with thick or viscous colour : the thicker the colour, the stiffer the brush needs to be. A heavy paint as acrylic can be, requires a brush with enough resiliance to manipulate the colour with complete control.
A colour that has been thinned slightly requires a softer tuft, and colour that has been thinned to a fluid consistency requires a brush with some flow control. In short, a bristle or stiff synthetic brush is perfect when using heavy colour right out of the tube. As you thin the colour down, or thin it moderately, a medium to soft hair filament should be just right. As you thin the colour to a more fluid consistency, make the move to a soft synthetic or natural hair brush.
If you’re working with very fluid acrylic, you may find that you need a softer alternative to the brushes mentioned before.
Sceptre Gold II brushes are made from a mix of sable and synthetic fibres,giving a performance that’s close to sable at a price that’s close to synthetic.
The flexibility of the brush makes the brushes soft enough to work the colour with but also has a strong snap so they return back to their original shape with ease.
Available in Round, Long Round, Lettering, One Stroke and Fan with short handles and Round, Short Flat/Bright and Fans with a long handle.
Winton Hog Brushes have been developed for use with Winton Oil Colour but can also be used with other heavy bodied colour such as Acrylics.
Using the skills and knowledge of over 100 years of brush making, Winton Hog Brush range offers excellent quality at an affordable price.
Winton brushes are made from good quality Chinese hog bristles and are hand-set into seamless corrosion-resistant ferrules. The natural curve of the hog bristle produces a resilient brush which retains its ‘turned in' shape even after heavy use, allowing the artist more control and accuracy, whether painting with oils, alkyds or acrylics.
The solid wood brushes have a green stained finish with five coats of lacquer which provide protection along with a smooth finish for ease of use.
Monarch is a professional synthetic hair brush that mimics the look and feel of natural Mongoose hair (now an endangered species).
Just like Mongoose hair, the polyester filaments in Monarch provide a stiffer alternative to sable hair but are softer than hog bristle which means this brush is excellent for subtle blending, glazing and fine detail work. In addition, because Monarch is synthetic it is more durable than natural hair and has more spring making it better for moving heavy bodied oil colour as well as being less prone to damage from solvents or paint.
Monarch is suitable for oil colour, water mixable oil colour or acrylic colour painting.
It has a distinct appearance with hair that is variegated in shades of ivory, gold, brown and each brush has a gold ferrule attached to a long dark brown lacquered handle.
There is one main benchmark for brushes that are used with thick or viscous colour; the thicker the colour, the stiffer the brush needs to be. A heavier paint like acrylic requires a brush with enough resilience to manipulate the colour with complete control.
However, a colour that has been thinned will need a softer tuft (e.g. soft hair or filament) and a colour that has been thinned to a fluid consistency then needs a brush with flow control (e.g. synthetic or natural hair brush).
Brush characteristics to consider:
Firmness of bristle - Is the bristle capable of moving heavy-bodied colour over the surface with authority?
Over the past decades, synthetics have proven superior in making brushes for acrylic colours. With proper manufacturing techniques, they offer good flow control, and a well-defined tip or edge for detail and blending work. They are also resistant to damage from acrylic resin and won't soften in water.
However, it is also common for acrylic painters to use Hog brushes or other natural hair brushes such as Sable depending on the style of their painting and the viscosity of the paint on their palette.