Acrylic and Oil Brushes


Acrylic and Oil Brushes have long handles that allow the artist to work at a distance from the canvas. Acrylic paints are more caustic than oils, so acrylic brushes are designed with synthetics and bristle. Fitch and sable are generally used only with oil paints.

As a rule-of-thumb, acrylic brushes are usable in other mediums, particularly oils, while brushes designed specifically for oil painting and watercolors are unsuitable for acrylics.

For large scale works, the larger sized brushes are far less costly with synthetic fibers and bristle.

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Badger for Oils
 
Bristle for Acrylics and Oils
Bristle
Bristle Blend
Plein Air Bristle (Short Handle)
Student Bristle Brushes
 
Fitch/Mongoose for Oils
Fitch/Black Sable
Mongoose/Synthetic Mongoose
 
Sable
Sable Blend/Ox
 
Synthetic Bristle for Acrylics and Oils
Stiff Synthetic
Firm Synthetic
Student Synthetic Bristle
 
Synthetic Sable for All Media
Medium Synthetic
Soft Synthetic
White Synthetic
Student Synthetic Sable
 
Artist Grade Short Handle
Medium and Soft Synthetics

Artist Grade Short Handle Brushes come in the traditional shapes, such as Bright, Filbert, Flat, and Round, and can be preferred by some acrylic and oil painters. Plein air painters and muralists often prefer short handles because they are easier to transport. Painters who work flat, or with miniatures, prefer short handles to get closer to the surface. Some choose short handles because they are easier to balance and grip.

 
Acrylic and Oil Brush Packs and Sets
Student Sets
 
Paddle Brushes
 
Student Sets
 
White Bristle
Black Bristle
Colored Synthetic
Golden Synthetic
White Synthetic
 

 

 

Bright

Bright

DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

Flat ferrule, short-length hairs, usually set in a long handle. Width and length of brush head is about equal. Useful for short, controlled strokes, and with thick or heavy color.

MEDIA

oil
acrylic
decorative

FIBER

sable mongoose
bristle
badger
synthetic

Fan

Fan

DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

Flat ferrule, spread hairs. Natural hair is more suitable for soft blending, and synthetic works well for textural effects. Useful for smoothing and blending, special effects and textures.

MEDIA

oil
acrylic
decorative

FIBER

bristle
badger
synthetic

Filbert

Filbert

DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

Thick, flat ferrule and oval-shaped medium to long hairs. Long handles. Natural hair is more suitable for blending because the hairs hold together when wet. With its soft rounded edges, the filbert is suitable for blending and figurative work.

MEDIA

oil
acrylic
decorative

FIBER

sable
mongoose
bristle
badger
synthetic

Flat

Flat

DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

Flat ferrule, square-ended, with medium to long hairs. Provides lots of color capacity and easy maneuverability. Use for bold, sweeping strokes, or on edge for fine lines. Use heavier filling for heavier paint.

MEDIA

all
media

FIBER

sable
mongoose
bristle
badger
synthetic

Round

Round

DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

Round ferrule, round or pointed tip. Useful for detail, wash, fills, and thin to thick lines. A pointed round is used for fine detail. A detailer is a pointed round with very short hair.

MEDIA

all media

FIBER

all hair
synthetic

 

Videos
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  • Escoda Artists' Brushes
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  • Escoda Kolinsky Sable Optimo Brush
    Escoda Kolinsky Sable Optimo Brush

    The Escoda family is known for crafting some of the finest brushes available. The Optimo series is a long handle brush made from a 50/50 blend of the finest male and female kolinsky sable hair to achieve the optimal results for discerning oil and acrylic artists.

  • Escoda Tadami Synthetic Modernista Brushes
    Escoda Tadami Synthetic Modernista Brushes

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  • Liquitex Freestyle Brushes
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  • Robert Simmons Brushes
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  • Which Brush to Choose - Natural or Synthetic?
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    Artists' paint brushes are made from either natural hair or synthetic fibers and can range from very stiff to very soft and flexible. Both types of brushes offer a wide range of shapes, sizes, qualities and prices. If you are considering which paint brush to buy but don't know whether to select a natural or synthetic brush, this video will help you decide.

 

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