there is a brush for every medium and effect imaginable.
Oil painters use a stiff brush
in order to move the heavy oil paint on a canvas, which is the most
Fabric painters also use a
stiff brush to grind the paint into the rough texture of the textile.
Watercolorists use a very soft
brush to hold the water and diluted paint, and to apply it to watercolor
Acrylic painters use primarily
semi-soft synthetic brushes. There is a huge variety of brushes,
each with its own job.
An edge can be embellished with a little stroke design using a
A dark blue shadow can be painted with a wide flat brush.
furry cap can be created with a brush called a deerfoot. You get
the fur look by pouncing the brush when applying the paint.
The lines are done with a liner brush.
The snowy spatters can be created with a fan brush loaded with
diluted paint then tapped with another brush to make the specks.
There are special effect faux
finish brushes. A long-bristled one is actually hit on the surface
for a soft lined effect. One with the wavy bristles softly enhances
There is even a line
of special children’s brushes with colored handles that tell
the kind of brush and their functions.