How to Choose a Paintbrush

Yes, you could just use your fingers, but selecting the best brushes for your painting might achieve a slightly more grown-up result.

You will need

  • An art supply store

Step 1 Decide on synthetic or natural Decide if you want a synthetic or natural-fiber brush.

Step 2 Choose medium Decide what medium you’ll be working in.

Step 3 Familiarize yourself w/ 8 types Familiarize yourself with the 8 main types of brushes: round, flat, bright, filbert, fan, angle, mop and rigger.

Step 4 Hold brush Pick a brush and hold it in your fist, bristles up.

Step 5 Choose flat & filbert Choose two workhorse brushes—a flat and a filbert—as your main brushes.

Step 6 Select smaller & larger sizes Choose two more flats and two more filberts, one of each a size smaller and larger than the size you already have.

Step 7 Choose special brushes Select any other special brushes you think you’ll need based on your project. This should be all you need to begin, so grab a canvas and start experimenting!