|Brushes generally break down into 2 different kinds; soft brushes (such as nylon and sable) and harder bristles (such as hog). A common rule of thumb is for water-colours, you would select a softer brush and for oil paints, you would use a harder brush. For acrylics you can make use of both. There are a lot of exceptions to this rule – if you are looking to create a particular effect on your greetings cards, then you can use the more suitable paint brush that you find does that perfectly for you.
A further important part of a paint brush is it’s shape. Rounder brushes carry a lot more paint and can be used to create detail and wide areas of color. Thin brushes are excellent for laying down flat, level areas or washes. There are also rare shapes for instance the longer ‘rigger’ paint brush, which is used for subtle detail and branches, the ‘fan’ brush, which is excellent for amalgamating colours and generating cloudy designs onto the painted surface.
Brushes can be purchased in a variety of qualities, similar to those found in paint ranges. A ‘top-of-the-range’ artist’s brush will have a long life expectancy and hold more paint than the one manufactured for less cost. It is continually essential to check whether the brushes you are using will be affected by the painting medium and as a result affect the quality of your work. Remember to bear in mind that acrylic paint can quickly ruin a brush so any wet paint should be immediately cleaned off the bristles when you have finshed using the paint brush. I.e. always clean your paint brushes when finished creating your greetings cards. Oil paints and turpentines can easily ruin the wrong type of paint brush.
It is always crucial to have a wide variety of brushes both in size and shape. A small brush set is generally an excellent way of attaining a good starting point for a larger brush collection.
Choosing a Surface for your Greetings cards: