Getting to know your brushes

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

Brush marks using short, flat 1 inch brush

Brush marks using flat 1″ brush

  • Tip – dabbing horizontally – both wet and dry. Potential for texture on paths, trees, ripples

Brush marks using flat 1″ brush

  • 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

Brush marks using flat 1/2″ brush

  • Using brush flat with a dry, dabbing movement – good texture for stonework, piers, rock faces

Round brush – size 8

Brush marks using 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

Brush marks using 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.



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