Paint Brush Hairs and Bristles

Paint Brush Hairs and Bristles

After knowing your paintbrushes, this is another part that needs to know about Brush Hair and Bristles.

Paint brushes are either made from natural hairs or synthetic hairs. They are soft and stiff. For soft brushes are good for thin paint which helps spread easily on watercolour paint, as well as detailed work. As for Stiff, hard brushes are used in the thick paint when using a certain technique in oil painting.

Nature hair or a Synthetic hair better?

Synthetic hair are man-made of either nylon or polyester works very well with acrylic paint, but can be damaged for natural hair brushes and a large painting.

However, brushes for acrylics can be used for oil and watercolour painting. Natural hair brushes for acrylics unless you are willing to replace it often cause it may ruin natural fibres quickly when you keep your brush in the water with the chemicals when painting with acrylics.

The synthetic hair brush is cheaper than Natural hair brushes. A good synthetic brush is rugged, can maintain the shape well and easy to be clean.

I would recommend synthetic hair brush but at the end of the day is still up to you to choose and decide what brush suites you well for your artwork.

Note: Cheap brush may not works well and your painting might not turn out perfect.

Natural Hairs Paintbrush

  • Sable

Sable has an ultimate soft brush which is made from the hairs on the tail of a sable. Sable brush can be pricey, but they are quite stable to use for flexibility and a fine point. As for Kolinsky Sable, they are from Siberia that has a tradition which considered as best hair for watercolour brushes, good for painting fine details and very thin paint.

  • Squirrel

Squirrel hair brush is soft with little spring. But larger squirrel brushes work better cause they have support from the hairs and also cheaper than Sable.

  • Hog/bristle

These brushes are best for oil painting. They can be used for both oils and acrylics. As you paint after a while, they will become softer. The hard brush hair is made from the back of a hog, which will give you strong yet springy hair. They are good for holding a large amount of paint.

  • Ox


Ox brushes are strong and springy hair. Mostly used in flat shaped brushes.

  • Pony

Pony hair brushes don’t work well as they don’t form a good point compared to goat ones. Can be found in watercolour brushes.

  • Goat

They form a good point, but its lacks of spring. Usually used in calligraphy and Chinese brush painting.

So, hope this guide helps you to understand what is Brush Bristle and Hairs.



5 Painting Essential Kit You Need for Painting Beginner

As a beginner for painting, the most frustrated thing to think of is what kind of brush should I get? Or how should I start with? Where to get the material with Budget price?

Let’s me share with you what I’ve experience.

Sometimes beginners may not know how does painting work or how to start . Especially for self learner. As for me I self learn drawing for myself as I love drawing and arts since I young. But now I’m moving on to painting. Just because I’ve interest in it and I want to try out myself.

What I did was:

– I watch thru video tutorials from other people first. Get to know what painting like, and understand how it works before getting materials. Because it’s Goanna be pricey for some material and if you don’t know what material you need , you goanna put a waste to it.

– You can also borrow books from library, or get online courses if you are not confident yet. Cause I myself also don’t have much confident too. It takes time to learn to get use to it. Feel free to go for classes, it really up to you. To me I just prefer to learn myself. ^^

So now you know some of my tips, let’s move on to the materials that you need to get for beginner painting! Here are the 5 essential kit needed for a painting beginner.

Sketch Pad

Sketch Pad is the first thing that I would buy, as for beginner you need to learn and get use to paint and practice on draft paper first before you move to actual painting on canvas. So get your own drawing block, draft and practice your skills first before you spend more money on the actual material.

Watercolour paint

For beginner, I would suggest to learn from watercolour paint if you just started. Cause I feel for watercolour is quite easy to learn and paint. I mean to me, this is one of the basic that we need to learn and understand before we move on to another step. But of cause the most basic step is to learn how to draw with pencil first. That is the very beginner step of an artist. If you know how to draw, everything shouldn’t be a problem. Just have to go with the basic step to start of with. If you feel comfortable with drawing, next step you can move on with painting with watercolour.

Watercolour are quite expensive if you are looking at brand. But normal like for 12 or 16 colours, but for 24 or 36 colours will be slightly expensive.

Paint palette

This is another tool that you need to have if you want to learn painting of cause. Some paint set come with a palette, so you don’t have to get another one. But palette are quite affordable. You can choose to get a separate one if you want too. This is optional to get if you are good to go with the set one, would be good to use for practice.


Easel have a few types like table easel or the Normal with stand. As for me I would prefer to get a table easel for starting and if you are really into painting, would be a good choice. Is affordable and I think is worth as a beginner painter. For the Normal ones, will be very pricey and usually people can’t afford it. But is okay to stick with the table ones. You can just save up the money and get one anytime once you get use to it.

Usually the easel are made of wood, I would recommend to get the wooden ones cause I find it more stable? And now there are also metal ones. which is more cheaper but I guess is still worth the buy.


Brushes comes in lots of  different shapes and sizes. If you want to know more about brushes before you proceed your purchase, check out my post on “Understanding your Tools : Paint brush“.

Brushes will depends on how you want to do your art work, large or small painting. As for beginner I would suggest to get few sizes or you can go with what suites you best. Round pointed brushes is best, around size 3, medium 5-6, and large size 12.

I would recommend to get better quality ones, cause the cheaper ones not really good to use and the hair will keep drop off after using awhile. Sometimes, they do sell those with one set one at those small stationery shops, especially when they keep it for long time and the brush is like are quite bad quality.

You can get those that have sample and touchable ones. So that you can feel the brush and know what size you need.

Hope this post helps you get your right tools for beginner painting! This guide is base on what I experience, and I would like to share with all the beginner art lovers. Share with me yours too! ^^


Understanding your Painting Tool: Paint Brushes


Once you learn painting, Paint brush is like your life tool. As you paint, you will slowly understand how the brush do the job for you and you will get familiar with the way the brushes handle the paint. This post will help you to understand and get the right paintbrush for your project!

Paintbrush comes in different sizes and shapes. What makes me bothering is Watercolours and Acrylic Paintbrush is it the same and can it be use for both?

Let me tell you what I know. I actually found out that the local Arts store do sell brushes that can be use for both Watercolours and Acrylic. So! It’s kind of convenient! Are you thinking what I’m thinking now? It’s good thou, cause you don’t have to get too many brushes! Just check the description on the package before you purchase anything! Ha Ha!

First, let’s learn more about brushes! Paintbrush makes you headache when choosing them cause they comes in really a lot of sizes and shapes which I don’t even know which to get.

So here is a guide on Understanding your Painting Tool: Paint Brush. Especially for beginner, It’s really kind of confusing while choosing the tools, There are too many types of brushes out there.

So, I did some research before I bought any of the tools. Let’s get to it:


There are 8 main shape for Acrylic, oils and watercolours. Each works on different techniques and level for painting.

RoundRound pointed tip.

Use for: Good for sketching, outlining and detailed work. Ccontrolled washes, filling in small areas. Also create thin and thick lines. The tip become wider when you pressed down using thinned paint better than thick paint.

Pointed Round –  It has a round Sharp pointed tip.

Use for: Helps to create thick and thin lines on your artwork. Fill in areas of a painting, small and tight spaces and also adding detail to painting.

Flat – This is flat, have a square end.

Use for: Can be use for bold strokes, washes, also filling wide spaces. The edges can use it to create fine lines and stripes. *Recommended for Beginner.

Bright – is flat with curved edge inward tip. It’s hairs is short.

Use for: Good for working up close work. Works well with strokes, thick lines.

Filbert – has a flat and oval shape end.

Use for: For blending, touch up on rounded edges.

Angular Flathas a angled flat end.

Use for: curved strokes, filling corners and also small areas. Uses similar to flat brush.

FanThis brush looks like a fan shape, Spread hairs.

Use for: good for feathering, leaves on trees. If you are using it for Acrylic painting, I suggest to use strong ones, to prevent the hairs clumped when paint.

Detail Round The hairs and handle are short and round.

Use for: Details and short strokes of cause.

Understanding your paintbrush

Paint brush have 4 main parts: img_4345.jpg


Paint brush also come in different sizes, sometimes is kind of confusing to choose which size to get. Cause there are really too many! From 0 to size 24. Usually beginner can start off with mid size which is 6 to 8. Then slowly once you get used to it, you can move on to other sizes you need according to your painting style.

As for my own suggestion, I will recommend to get 3 type of brush first. Flat, Round Pointed and Detail. For the size can get a 3, 6, & 12 for Round Pointed. I feel this is the most basic brush size to get for starting. It’s also depends on which size you prefer, and what project you are doing, just do what works for you well.

So, hope this guide will help you on finding your tools for your painting. Feel free to share with me your idea ^^.