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Old 01-17-2019, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question Help needed, making fine lines

Hey everyone,

I'm new to oil painting and I'm having a really hard time making fine lines.

I bought round and pointy hog bristle brushes in order to do some linework on a painting, but the bristles are rock hard because they're glued together when they're brand new so I went ahead and used some water to remove the glue from the bristles and the brush turned from a fine liner-looking brush to a round mop and became completely useless to me.

I've searched information about this for days and watched a bunch of videos but nowhere have I seen any mention about removing or not removing this glue from new brushes, other than on a Finnish brush brand's website about a type of Japanese sumi brush of which stem you're apparently supposed to leave "starched" (hardened with a starch based substance) and only moisten the tip of the brush even when cleaning it.

Can anyone answer how I would go about making fine lines? Or how I could get a pointy brush since none of my brushes are even remotely pointy and they're only capable of making a really fat and ugly line, thanks
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Old 02-22-2019, 02:18 PM
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How to paint thin lines.

A pointed brush won't work. It has to be a long thin brush that is flattened out with the paint on it. Then a straight edge is used to scribe the line using the sharp edge with very little pressure. I painted a tall ship and used this method for the rigging.

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Old 03-11-2019, 08:59 PM
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You might try the rigger or script liner brush. It is a long bristle brush that can come to a point; usually found in the watercolor section. This brush can hold a sizable amount of paint. Thin the paint to an almost ink like consistency, then twirl the brush in your fingers as you draw it through the paint. Also great for making thin branches, weeds and grasses. Experiment/practice.
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