Acrylic paint brushes are the main topic of this article. Types of acrylic paint brushes, their use, features, which brushes are used where.

Types of Acrylic Paint Brushes Usage, Features, Properties

Acrylic paint brushes are generally hard bristle brushes. It can be used in common with oil paint brushes. This article has shared some basic and useful information about acrylic paint brushes. Here’s everything you need to know about the different types of brushes. For acrylic paint, as well as some examples of why and how you can use each brush.

There are no strict rules about what brushes you can or should use first. At other times, I find it very helpful to go beyond just using one or two brushes. Using different genres can give you different results and help you grow as a creative artist.

This list includes the 7 most used different acrylic paint brushes. But keep in mind that these are general recommendations only.

1. Acrylic wash brush, Large Surface Brushes

It is a very large paintbrush. If you buy a set of paint brushes and notice one huge brush compared to the others. it’s most likely a wash brush. Acrylic wash brushes are best known for quickly covering large sections of surface. Washing Brush, Large Surface Brushes

Acrylic wash brush, Large Surface Brushes

It can be applied using a dry brush. Most artists will use a wash brush by first dipping it in some water to achieve maximum coverage quickly. You may notice that these brushes are also thicker than other brushes. It allows the brush to take a large amount of paint and water. These are great brushes to use when you need to get some extra paint.

2. Shortcut Brush, Cut Angle Brush, Acrylic paint brush,

This type of painting brush has an angled or curved tip, so they are sometimes also known as curved brushes. A slanted tip for bristles is particularly useful for curves and for creating lines and shapes that vary in thickness and coverage.

Shortcut Brush, Cut Angle Brush

If you like the flexibility of going from thin to thick with just one brush. This is the brush for you! Angled paint brushes are useful for many artists who paint on an upright canvas at an easel.

3. Flat Brush

The flat brush is very similar to a wash brush. That it is not quite thick and the bristles are typically not rounded at the edges. Flat brushes are great for wide strokes. If you’re working on a surface where a wash brush might be too large. The flat brush will give you a great finish while also giving you a little more control over the wash brush.

Acrylic Flat Brush

Flat brushes can also be used for thick and thin lines. An angled type will probably provide a little more comfort and control when working.

4. Fan Brush

The fan brush is the most useful brush for painting trees, grasses, shrubs. You can use abstract watery designs with acrylic paints. Fan brushes, as the name suggests, have a fan-shaped tip. These brushes are perfect for blending backgrounds and skies: as well as adding subtle highlights to darker areas.

Fan Brush

You can draw many different textures using a fan brush. Depending on how you create long brush strokes, you get a different effect. We often use these brushes to paint elements and landscapes in nature with acrylics.

5. Round Tip Brushes

Round brushes are usually much smaller than flat and  soft rounded edge. These brushes give you maximum control over different details in your acrylic painting. The handle of these brushes has a narrower design. Therefore is similar to the feeling you have when holding a pen or pencil.

Round Tip Brushes

Use these brushes when you want to add detail and precisely control the size and flow of paint. You may also want to try using these brushes, both wet and dry, for different effects when creating.

6. Line Brush

The line brush is a very thin brush with very long bristles. It is similar to a round brush except that it is small. Line brushes are best used for fine details in your artwork. Line brushes are great for creating very fine details. You can also use a line brush to write text and add words to your pages. The brush tip is very small, making it easy to write letters, numbers and words.

Line Brush

Many artists who sign works of art use a line brush when writing their signatures. Line brushes can be used wet, but of course they can also be used dry. Soaking in water before painting can help the paint run and spread a little more evenly.

7. Spatulas, Pallet Knives

Spatulas or palette knives are technically not actually brushes. But they are a very common and popular way of applying paint to a canvas. Many artists use palette knives in various ways to create different effects. Plastic knives are useful for beginners and your first experience exploring acrylic paints. But if you really like using them, it’s wise to get metal spatulas. The advantage of a metal spatula is that it is usually much easier to clean. Metal pallet knives are less likely to snap and break if too much force is accidentally applied to them. You can use the spatula to create different textures, spread paint and create various layers.

Spatulas, Pallet Knives