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: Favorite brushes and Why's

11-14-2015, 10:43 AM
Starting a new thread with the idea that many of us (mostly all) have brushes & tools we prefer for one reason or another. Granted, many are samol-samols... But a few may be either different or used/adapted in ways others of us may not have thought about. I'll post shortly re "chip brushes" adapted to paint grasses, fields, etc. in any paint. Y'all join in if you've got something to add! :vs_worry:

11-14-2015, 11:11 AM
These are cheapos often bought at any store selling house paints. Various sizes. Fairly stiff till they get wet for a while. I give them "bad haircuts" with scissors, starting 1/4" from tops & then in 2 or 3 jumps back towards the metal. Stay away from creating patterns. Brush out all the loose hairs. To use them, start with handles DOWN, not out, laying nearly on the canvas/paper. Then push, not pull or dab, upwards and at odd angles. By varying paint amounts and portions of the brushes pushed against the surface, you get very lifelike grasses & plants. Dunnit in all paints, even some y'all can't get. Experiment!


11-14-2015, 02:11 PM
This is very interesting Sorin. Thank you for sharing this. I have never used a 3 in brush modified or otherwise on any of my painting. I think I might experiment this with this on a 1 inch brush. I just might have one in the garage.

I don't have any favorites that are not ready made. I mostly use flat and filberts. Fans for tree leaves, liners for sticks...nothing creative.

11-15-2015, 10:18 AM
I've been watching Bob Ross on Hulu lately and he does almost the entire painting with big brushes like that. Simply amazing. If I decide to start painting, I'll be trying his techniques.

11-25-2015, 03:35 AM
Thanks Sorin for your info.
I have always some problems to paint the grass.
I'll try it


12-01-2015, 05:07 PM
Does this work on round brushes.....

12-03-2015, 05:12 AM
Experiment but on cheap brushes. I've never tried rounds since I use flats from so many angles.

12-03-2015, 06:23 PM
Great idea on the brushes, what about tricks with paint,