A list about brushes for painting landscapes in oils and acrylics.
Brushes for Painting Landscapes
You can buy most brushes for painting landscapes at your local builders hardware store
Brushes needed are a 1 inch house painting brush, a 2 inch house painting brush, a fan brush, a large (about 15mm ferrule) round hog bristle brush, a flat (about 15mm) hog bristle brush, a few small soft hair brushes (for the twigs) and a cranked painting knife. See the video.
You also need a palette, cleaning rags and something to paint on (art board).
The large round hog bristle brush is not always available and the 3/4 inch house painting brush is as good.
If you do come across the large round hog bristle brush then do not buy the pointy one.
For more information go to Brushes:- Quick tips on “About Brushes”
Cheaper quality brushes
No need to buy expensive brushes.
During this course you are encouraged to use cheaper quality brushes. However it is really up to you the quality of brushes that you use.
The higher quality brushes do not always produce better quality work, it is knowing where and how to put the paint that is important.
Be careful of becoming too attached to a brush. Especially the foliage brush because as the brush wears down your foliage will look different. When you finally pick up a new brush you will not be able to paint foliage, you will need to retrain you hand to use that new brush. Have several foliage brushes and don’t become reliant on one brush.
NOTE – lately 2 problems have arisen.
1 There has been for some time on the market a variety of fan brushes which have very soft bristles – these are not useful for the type of paint that we use, they are too soft, the firmer bristled brush should be used.
2 The big round hog bristle brush is not always available (I can’t find one in Thailand) – however if you find them you will see that they have a pointy version and a blunt ended version – the pointy version is of no use for painting foliage as we do. The blunt version is the correct brush.
As shown in the video here the 3/4 inch house painting brush from a hardware store will give great results when painting foliage.
We use the same brushes for oil or acrylic.
I use about six different brushes, mine are scruffy looking old brushes. If you have good brushes you can use them otherwise I suggest you buy cheaper brushes until you learn how to paint and then you can choose the brushes you want.
The brushes are a two inch house painting brush, a one inch house painting brush, a flat hog bristle brush, a round hog bristle brush, little hair brushes for the branches, a fan brush and a painting knife.
The two inch house painting brush
This is a normal hog bristle brush. They come in nylon brushes nowadays, so you can choose either a nylon brush or a normal house painting brush.
We use that for the backgrounds, the undercoat for the sky and the water and the reflections. We can use a dry two inch brush to brush over the clouds lightly and give them a look that they’re moving, also it takes the clouds back a bit.
1 or 3/4 inch brush
The one inch or the three quarter inch house painting brush is useful for smaller paintings and we can use it for dabbling on the foliage.
The flat hog bristle brush
The flat hog bristle brush is used for painting in our tree trunks, painting our houses and cabins and our mountains, you can paint a full picture with this brush. Not a very big brush, just a medium sized flat hog bristle brush.
The round hog bristle brush
The round hog bristle brush is not always available in every country. I find in some countries you can’t buy them.
If you can’t find a round hog bristle brush, use a three quarter inch house painting brush. You can trim the hairs into a nice shape with a pair of scissors.
The fine hair brush
The fine hair brush is a normal little squirrel haired brush. You might need two sizes, you might want a little one for little branches and a thicker one for thicker branches.
The fan brush
The fan brush comes in about three sizes. A medium sized fan brush is useful for all, you only need one size.
The painting knife
The painting knife, you only need one painting knife. Find one you’re comfortable with, not too big, about this shape and make sure it’s cranked.
Painting knives are cranked, palette knives are flat. You can do a whole picture with the painting knife if you wish but we use it mainly for painting rocks and sometimes I paint tree trunks with it. Also, it’s handy to pick up things that are stuck to your painting, like hair.
So my advice is
So my advice is use the brushes you have, if you need to buy brushes, at this stage don’t buy expensive brushes.
Here is a quick list of brushes again.
The two inch house painting brush, a one inch house painting brush, the round hog bristle brush, a flat hog bristle brush, a fan brush , little fine hair brush and a painting knife.