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How many brushes do you use when you paint? 

273 deviants said 3
199 deviants said 4
131 deviants said 2
107 deviants said 5-10
95 deviants said 5
41 deviants said 1
33 deviants said More!!!

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MichaelHocking Featured By Owner Edited Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I stick about 8 brushes in my pot of water  but end up only using 3 of them how sensible is that,I use small for drawing to start with big brush for tone and medium brush to fill in the smaller bits. 
Puppy-eater Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Student General Artist
5 on average.
Sarea-esque Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
Kalobe Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
A 1cm flat and a number 6 round.
Normandus-Vang Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
3 is more than enough!
Penaenz Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist 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.
milostudio Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
sometime 3, but mostly 2. if i'm a bit lazy or go outdoor, i only use 1.
AstralWolf9 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
My current brush kite consists of:

Winsor & Newton artists sable


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.
MRZ-Tonks Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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!
mapelie Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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.

Anyway, it all depends on what I'm working on.
EinarAasen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Usually two or three, one large, a number 12 and a number 8. I never use anything smaller than 4.
Ama-Encyclopika Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use a lot because I paint quickly and don't always clean out my brushes the best while working, so I'll use almost all of the ones I have sometimes.
richardcgreen Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So far, I have only been able to
control ONE brush at a time.
I have about 10 in my collection.
Out of those, 5 are used for the
majority of work I do.
Lexou-chan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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 :heart:) for details because I work on small (A4) size and love details, so .... :)
J4-Y Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
about 5 different brushes.
Leroks Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I use 3 waterkolor brush and 3 flat brushes.
YvonneVetjens Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I usually have one large brush - for large parts that have to be done quickly - and a few smaller ones lying around.
Zerocool748 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
not gonna lie i use all rounds, and i love the #3
bcr8tive Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
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*
Mechanicold Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
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.
Xadrea Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
about 5 (a mix of rounds and filberts and flats)
bibyechan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
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.

well that was long-winded.
smartisgirl Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012   Traditional Artist
i draw with my hands
emmalazauski Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional
For most decent-sized paintings I use three brushes; a larger camelhair for washes, an 8 round and a detail brush (usually 2 round).

Technically you can get away with just using the 8 round, but I like to make it a little easier on my wrist.
lilynoelle Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student General Artist
A lot!

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.
heartMelinda Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012   Traditional Artist
I use a #10 round, #6 round, and a #1 liner.
HaakonLie Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
depends what i paint! if its a landscape..3 or 4. If its an image with lots of details and characters then maybe more!
merrilee Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Usually just one. A long bristled round.
Kuroeno Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
usually, just two: Berkeley 3 and berkeley 000 XDD
gojiramusume Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
usually three. medium one to draw outlines and/or coloring, larger one for coloring and a teeny tiny one for details xD
GreenSprite Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
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.
KotieD Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student General Artist
mainly 1 or 2.... Sometimes three if I need it.
Flying-Monster Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
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.
AVindas Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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
Gaiala1 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student 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.
Juro89 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
3, at least 4, plus sponge and fingertips
abasss Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
3! One tiny for small details, a medium one for the whole painting and a big one to apply water.
dieingcity Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
it really depends on what i'm working on how many I use, some pieces i use just one or two- some times I can use at least 5 or more
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