Because acrylic paint is synthetic paint, meaning that the paint is made with a polyethylene-based plastic, the paint leaves a permanent impression after it dries. One feature of acrylic paint that artists appreciate is the fact that colors in the paint can blend and mix, producing a diverse range of hues when the paint dries fully. Additionally, by simply adding water or oil to acrylic paint, artists can use acrylic paint as more of an oil or water based coloring.
Differences in the weight of the paint can call for the need to use special brushes. Of all the types of brushes established and new artists can use when creating artwork using acrylic paint are acrylic brushes. The paint was actually created before the brushes were designed. Thanks to improvements that continue to be made to acrylic brushes, it’s relatively easy to find affordable high quality brushes.
Like the paint, some acrylic brushes are made with synthetic materials. Other acrylic brushes are made with natural materials like squirrel hair, bristles and sable hair. As reported at Buzzle, when painting, to create their best works, artists are advised to work with a variety of different paint brushes. Furthermore, “For acrylic painting you will need at least some basic brushes. You will need a round brush, a flat brush and a liner brush. These are the minimum required brushes.”
In addition to round brushes, there are liner and flat acrylic brushes. To add more definition to their artwork, painters are encouraged to try different types of paint as well as different types of brushes. Artists should pay attention to how it feels while using different paints and brushes.
When it comes to adding more definition to artwork, one artist, Nigel Overton, advises, “using the best materials possible, layering one colour of acrylic with another, adding white to make it more opaque. He believes drawing with pencil causes the painting to be simply ‘filled in’ rather than created.” Overton is also reported in Keighley News as advising artists to consider turning their paintings upside down and painting over their original artwork. This step could find artists producing unique works that few art lovers have seen before.
Brushes that work well with acrylic, water and oil based paints are available at local as well as national arts stores. For example, Plaza Art’s acrylic brush selection includes Artisan brushes and Artists brushes. These brushes include Bright 2, Bright 22 and Bright 24 brushes. Tips range from round to pointed to sharp. Artists who frequently paint with acrylic colors may want to add a range of long handled brushes to their supplies. Reason for this is that long handle brushes work well with paints that offer a truer image when viewed from a distance.
However, artists shouldn’t only pay attention to the length of the brush handles, they should also pay attention to the weight and stiffness of the brush bristles. Brushes with thinner bristles may not endure as many paintings as brushes with thicker bristles. On the other hand, thinner bristles allow for increased definition when painting.