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Painting Tips, Issue #011 -- Do I need this Paintbrush?
October 31, 2008

Which paintbrushes do I really need?

Well with it being Halloween today there will be plenty of us painting various festive items to trick or treat our friends, but if you are more serious about your painting you will need to know more about your brushes

Gill Van Wyk our friendly tutor at South African Painting Holidays says:
Brushes are probably the most important invesment you make when you begin watercolours so you have to know what you're looking at and what to choose.

You immediately think size.
Three or four sizes are probably adequate for any watercolourist and as you become more experienced you will realise that you were conned into buying a lot of brushes because you thought they would do the job for you but actually you're the one doing the job..

  • Use a size 14 round brush to cover area, but look for a brush that will keep a good point for the detail later.

  • Use a size 6 or 8 to help cover rocks and smaller areas but it still needs a sharp point for some basic detail

  • You need a small brush for grasses and foreground caligraphy

  • And a square or angled brush for leaf areas

So that's it in a nutshell, just a few carefully chosen brushes and you are well on your way to starting your next great painting

To listen to Gill with more tips and helpful advice and much much more why not join the Painting Circle where you can even get mentored by Gill while you paint from home. Never feel alone with your painting again!


Andrew James says to always "Start and finish your work with the largest brushes possible"
found in A&I March 2008

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