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How to Pick Paintbrushes for Acrylic Painting

Learn how to pick paintbrushes for acrylic painting from painter Linda Rhea in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Linda. I created a company called Paint Along. Check us out at We have really fun painting workshops in Nashville and New York.

When it comes to selecting brushes for your project, there are so many things to choose from. We're going to select a few for our work today. Today we're going to use a 2-inch chip brush. This one is good for a lot of coverage on your canvas. You can cover your canvas fairly quickly with a brush this size. We're also going to use a round brush for some detail work. And we're going to use a filbert brush, and the filbert's got a round edge. This is good for circular shapes, and for flowers, trees - all types of different things.

I'm going to start by using the 2-inch chip brush. And what I'm going to do is put a lot of paint on this brush. I'm using blue, and I'm also going to put some white in this. This is going to be my sky area. As you can see, this brush covers a lot of area very quickly. I'm going to put some more white in so that it's got some lightness as it gets towards the horizon line. So there, I have just created an entire sky with one brush.

The next brush I'd like to use is my round brush. And I'm going to create a tree with this brush. I'm going to use some brown paint and I'm going to load it up fairly heavily. I'm going to start, and pull it up all the way into the sky area. Let these branches split off and just go in all different directions with this brush. Okay, make some roots at the base of the tree.

The next brush we're going to use is the filbert brush, and this one has a rounded edge on it. I'm going to use this brush to form the green part of the tree. I'm loading it up with a lot of paint and I'm just going to start dabbing in areas where the green part of the tree will be. And I'm just using a very heavy dabbing motion and going over where the branches and leaves of the trees will be. So the filbert brush does a great job of depicting tree leaves. We can also use it for shading on still lives.

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