Paint Brushes (shop brushes) are an extremely important factor in achieving superior results from acrylic paint. Most brushes used for oil painting are also suitable for acrylics. If the paint is to be diluted and used like watercolor, a sable or synthetic soft hair brush is recommended to ensure smooth, soft strokes. Synthetic sable brushes are a better all-around choice for acrylic painting because they’re more economical, softer and have a lighter touch than natural hair brushes. Synthetic Acrylic Painting Brushes are also easier to clean and will withstand the tough demands of acrylic paint.
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Brushes with Acrylic
Kolinsky: Kolinsky sable brushes are the finest available. Made from the tail of a type of mink found in remote parts of Russia and northern China, Kolinsky hair is unsurpassed in its spring, and Kolinsky sable brushes set the standard by which all other brushes are judged.
Red Sable: These brushes are made from any red haired critter in the weasel family. Quality varies greatly, but generally sable creates wonderfully smooth flat strokes with lots of spring. Red sable brushes hold their natural shape well and will carry ample amounts of pigments.
Sabeline: Sabeline is a high quality ox hair sometimes dyed to look like red sable. Sabeline brushes are less expensive than red sables and maintain similar characteristics.
Ox Hair: Ox hair comes from the rim of the ears from several varieties of cattle and boar. Ox hair brushes are soft and hold plenty of liquid but lack a fine tip.
Bristle: Bristle brushes are noticeably stiffer than other brush families and are popular for oil painting. Made from pig and boar hair, the natural tip of each hair is forked and split like a twig. Because of this, these brushes hold paint well but challenge the making of a sharp edge.
Camel Hair: Despite its name, camel hair does not come from camel. The name actually refers to a range of squirrel, goat or pony hair. The soft hairs of camel brushes will absorb a lot of liquid but can be difficult to control. Some camel hair brushes are categorized as school grade and are extremely affordable.
Synthetics: Today’s technology has given us many types of synthetic brushes, most nylon or polyester, which simulate the natural characteristics of hair. Synthetic brushes are usually less expensive, easier to clean and less prone to breakage than natural hair. Blends of natural and synthetic hairs are also available, combining the softness and absorbency of natural hairs with the point and spring of synthetics.