Depends on the size of my painting. Most of my works are quite small, around A4 size, so I get away with a single brush, while larger works I start with a larger brush to rough in the image quickly the swap for a finer brush for the details.
PenaenzFeatured By OwnerFeb 4, 2012Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have 12 brushes(pointed round and flat); I use my sable brushes: A #12 for overall wetting the paper and application of large areas for background, then a #8, #6 or #4 for overall painting. It depends upon the subject and which kind and size of a brush I need, and the number of brushes I use varies from 2-4.
00, 0, 4, 7 pointed round 3 and a 6mm 1/4 one stroke
A curry's brand 1 inch flat and sometimes a cheap ass HK no name Hake
I also use a w&n synthetic blend which fall between some of these sizes, usually they end up as drybrushes or for mixed media where I need small sized and fine, since I work in wc, oil and ink I tend to keep a number of different brushes on hand but the artists ones are my main WC workhorse brushes.
It depends a lot on how much time I am giving a painting or where I'm doing it... if it's one I'm doing while travelling with my portable set it's rarely more than that smallish one, but at home it ranges from 3 to more!
Usually I use at least 5: no. 0 brush, no. 12 round & a Chinese brush which I use simultaneously for applying colours and blending, flat brush of any size that I sometimes use and the 2 inch flat for background plus a rolled up piece of paper made especially for applying masking fluid. I've already ran out of old ones for abuse and masking fluid.
I have plenty of brushes, 15 more brushes, but I answered "from 5 to 10" because most of the time I only use ~6-7 brushes while painting. I really love small ones (like 3/0 my favourite ) for details because I work on small (A4) size and love details, so ....
Me too .. I love rounds but more specifically the rounds I favor are Cheap Joe's Dragon's Tongue Brushes - because they're a high caliber round Sable brush but with a much sharper 'point'.
I just love them and have them in several sizes though I tend to favor the 6 and the 8 and use either a very large one (I think it's an 18) for large areas or the 1 for small details. (I think I just ordered another brand also in an 00 as well but haven't used it yet. A just in case brush.)
Someone told me once how much he loved flats and I should try blah blah but I love my rounds. I have flats & angles, I just don't use them.
I also like their Lizard's Lick Brush - though I use it less often, it's nice for long strokes and some other different effects.
As for peeps here talking about brushes they ruin with masking - I buy ummm a package of the ones from Cheap Joe's called "Uggly Brushes" - cheap and last forever - as long as you wash the masking off right away. Or I pick up a package of "kids" brushes, like in Michals - they cost like $3 for 10 - so you dont care if they get mucked up.
Last, I have a full set of Fritch Scrubbers for lifting (couldn't go without them) and some other crazy brushes like Fans etc that I barely use but have them if I need them for different effects. *shrugs*
I go through so many. I've got the small one for minor details, the huge one for the background or large spaces, the ones in between for all the in between stuff. I also have a water brush that is one of my favorites and is great for quick stuff or for colorful sketches.
it depends, but i usually try to keep it at three/four for anything between 8x11~11x14 - a large round, a filbert, and two smaller rounds for blending and detail work. Sometimes if I want/need more water, then I bring out a flat, and if it's rather large (such as 18x24, 24x32, etc,) then a hake.
I use a big fat brush (various sizes) to do washes, and sometimes a fan brush to refine the wash.
Many very cheap, thin brushes get tossed after applying masking fluid ... I have tried cleaning them, but usually it works better to just buy big packages of cheap ones and discard them. I've never had one come out properly clean yet.
For filling in lines, I use about two or three variety of medium-sized brushes. For detail work, the smaller the better ... usually. Sometimes I use a toothpick, as well, and have used house-painting brushes in emergencies.
Finally, another fan brush for brushing on gum arabic highlights.
I like having lots of brushes. It's all in my head, but for me it opens up possibilities and ideas. Nothing is worse than being in the middle of a rapidly-drying painting and not having the right brush. So I stock up, a few expensive ones and tons of cheap ones.
Generally two: a large, flat one for big areas and my smaller "regular" one for everything else (I really should learn the numbers on those things lol). I can paint with just the small one if the paper is small or if I'm not painting any background. I don't think I've ever used more than 4 brushes for a watercolor painting. I feel that brush variety helps with acrylics and gouache, but in watercolor you can do a LOT of different things with the same brush if you control it well.
I have a big flat one which the number has long flaked off of for backgrounds, an eight round that I use for most of the non-background, and a four and a six round for various levels of detail. I have a few others for special situations, and an old six round, I think, for masking, but for the most part I just stick to those four, the eight round and the flat especially.
Always I use 1.. a 6 rounded brush... I have many brushes... But I dont know, I feel lost and forget the others, you know, we have "the favorite" sometimes, I use a big brush for BG or very small brush for details
Gaiala1Featured By OwnerJan 17, 2012Student Traditional Artist
I have an arsenal of 10+ brushes solely for watercolors . Half of those I take care pretty well, the other half I abuse the hell out of them, like trim the bristles to give a certain effect or use an old one for masking fluid, an another one for stabbing the paper with.