I took a bit of time to work out the best way to approach this exercise. I wanted to be flexible and get into it but also have a bit of structure and end up with useful reference documents for myself. I decided to capture similar actions with each brush and see how they worked as well as exploring what was different about each one.
This posts highlights some of the particular effects that I liked using a selection of brushes:
- short, flat brush – 1”
- short, flat brush – ½”
- round brush – size 8
- filbert brush – size 4
Short, flat 1” brush
- Tip – dabbing horizontally – both wet and dry. Potential for texture on paths, trees, ripples
- Tip – dabbing vertically – dry, sweeping motion – gave the effect of a tree trunk – very simple and illustrative
Before trying the exercise I would probably have been inclined to use a smaller brush to create the same effect.
Short, flat ½” brush
- Using brush flat with a dry, dabbing movement – good texture for stonework, piers, rock faces
Round brush – size 8
- Using side of brush with a rolling motion – useful for natural or man-made objects depending on how it is applied.
Filbert brush – size 4
- Using tip with heavy paint in a sweeping movement- and using tip and dragging motion to create a circle – potential for use in more abstract work.