Paint Brushes

Paint brushes: Synthetics, Sables and Naturals

What ever your medium of choice, we have the brush to suite the need. For more information about brushes please see below.

Way Up Art & Frame’s paint brush offerings

  • oil and acrylic brushes
  • watercolor brushes
  • brush sets
  • artist painting knifes
  • artist palettes
  • brush holders
  • brush washers
  • brush cleaners

Paint Brushes have a long history.

Over 40,000 years ago our ancestors used not only their hands to transfer pigments mixed with animal fat to cave walls but sticks, leaves and even wood chips. The first tool resembling a paint brush made of split palm leaves was used in Egypt over 5,000 years ago. We’ve come a long way!

From the crude beginnings of this simple tool, the paint brush, we now have specialized brushes for every paint medium and every style in a multitude of materials. Finding just the right brush in the combination of size, shape and material for a specific medium to fit your unique painting style and your budget can be a challenge when starting out. The process of finding the right set of paint brushes is worth the time and effort because “a craftsman is only as good as the tools he uses”.

When choosing a paint brush here are some things to consider:

  • medium
  • size
  • shape
  • material

What type of paint will you be working with? This will dictate the material, size and shape of the paint brush you should use. Please see chart below for matching mediums to brush materials.

Will you be standing at an easel using broad strokes? If so you should try a large long handle paint brush. If you will be sitting at a table zoning in on the details of a watercolor illustration you may want to go with a very small short handled brush. You don’t want the handle to get in the way and you don’t want to come up short when you need to complete one broad full stroke across a large canvas. Please see image below or Blick’s paint brushes pdfs for more information.

paint brushes

The shape is chosen for the mark you want to make and the medium you are using as well as your own personal style.

There are both natural materials and synthetics to choose from. Natural paint brushes are made from animal fur including boar, goat, horse or the ever illusive siberian long tailed sable. Each are valued for their unique textures. Synthetic paint brushes are both more durable and economical, but not as refined as naturals. A natural brush tends to create a finer point and a smoother stroke.