Brushes


Brushes can be found by fiber, by medium, by name, and by shape. Blick sources thousands of brushes, every possible fiber, shape, and size, from brush makers all around the world. No other company maintains such a huge inventory and selection of artist brushes. Once they reach our warehouse, brushes are carefully stored in our climate-controlled facility so that no brush is damaged by dust or humidity. Whether it's a handmade Siberian Kolinsky costing hundreds of dollars, or a bulk canister of nylon brushes for a kindergarten class, you get the same great service from Blick.

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Brushes by Medium or Technique
 
Brushes by Hair or Fiber

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Brushes by Name or Shape

 

Angular

Angular

DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

Flat ferrule, short-length hairs, set with longer hairs at one end. Useful for precise strokes, and for lines and curves, with thick or heavy color.

 

MEDIA

watercolor
acrylic
decorative

FIBER

bristle
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

Hake

Hake

DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

A hake brush is an oriental-style wash brush on a long flat handle. It is useful for laying in large areas of water or color, for wetting the surface, and for absorbing excess media.

 

MEDIA

watercolor

FIBER

squirrel
goat
ox
bristle
synthetic

Highliner

Highliner

DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

Also known as an outliner. Round ferrule, square-ended brush, with extra-long hairs and a short handle. Large color carrying capacity. Useful for delicate lettering, outlining, and long continuous strokes.

 

MEDIA

ink
sign paint

FIBER

sable
squirrel
synthetic

Mop

Mop

DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

A mop is a round, full version of the wash brush, made of soft, absorbent natural hair. It is useful for laying in large areas of water or color, for wetting the surface, and for absorbing excess media.

 

MEDIA

watercolor

FIBER

squirrel

Mottler

Mottler

DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

Mottlers are large flat brushes with long or short handles and can have long or short bristles – available in natural hair or synthetic fibers. Often used for faux finishing techniques, murals, washes, varnishing or priming, these brushes hold a large amount of paint and cover large surface areas.

 

MEDIA

watercolor
acrylic
oil
decorative

FIBER

bristle
squirrel
pony
badger
synthetic

One Stroke

One Stroke

DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

Flat ferrule, square-ended medium to long length hairs. Short handles. Large color carrying capacity. Useful for painting block letters in a single stroke.

 

MEDIA

oil
ink
decorative
sign paint

FIBER

sable
squirrel
ox
synthetic

Oval Wash

Oval Wash

DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

Wash brushes come in varied shapes. The oval wash has rounded hairs, flat ferrules, and produces a soft edge, with no point. A wash brush is useful for laying in large areas of water or color, for wetting the surface, and for absorbing excess media.

 

MEDIA

watercolor

FIBER

squirrel
ox
bristle
synthetic

Quill

Quill

DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

Plastic or natural quill ferrule, with a permanent or detachable handle. Long hairs, and a natural-shaped tip. The writer has a round ferrule and a short handle. Useful for lettering and poster work. Good on smooth surfaces such as glass.

 

MEDIA

ink
sign paint

FIBER

sable
squirrel

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

Sash

Sash

DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

The long handles and tapered bristles are perfect for detailed work on large paintings. Also good for delicate decorative painting.

 

MEDIA

oil
acrylic
decorative

FIBER

bristle

Script/Liner

Script

DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

Pointed, narrow brush with very long hair. Liners are shorter and narrower. Short handles, round ferrules. Large color carrying capacity. Useful for delicate lettering, highlighting, outlining, and long continuous strokes.

 

MEDIA

watercolor
decorative
ink
sign paint

FIBER

sable
ox
synthetic

Square Wash

Square Wash

DESCRIPTION AND USAGE

Wash brushes come in varied shapes. The square wash can produce varying shapes and widths, and often has a short, "flat-footed" handle for scraping, burnishing, and separating watercolor paper from blocks. A wash brush is useful for laying in large areas of water or color, for wetting the surface, and for absorbing excess media.

 

MEDIA

watercolor

FIBER

squirrel
ox
bristle
synthetic

 
Videos
  • How to Make Your Brushes Last
    How to Make Your Brushes Last

    Brushes are one of the most important tools a painter will purchase — and good brushes can be expensive. Kati will show you how to clean and care for your brushes so they will last longer.

  • Which Brush to Choose - Natural or Synthetic?
    Which Brush to Choose - Natural or Synthetic?

    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.

  • The History of Blick Brand Brushes
    The History of Blick Brand Brushes

    From our beginning in 1911 until now, Blick has been offering Blick brand brushes. Our CEO, Bob Buchsbaum, reveals his grandfather's historical "brush with fame" and explains why Blick brand brushes are a great choice for any artist, at any level, with any budget.

  • Escoda Artists' Brushes
    Escoda Artists' Brushes

    The Escoda family has been making some of the finest artists' brushes since 1933. Take a tour of the Escoda factory in Sabadell, Spain and see how these world renown brushes are made — by hand!

  • Escoda Chungking White Bristle Brushes
    Escoda Chungking White Bristle Brushes

    The Escoda family is known for crafting some of the finest brushes available. Escoda's Classico Chungking hog hair bristle brushes are a suburb tool for painting in oil or acrylic - this video explains why.

  • 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

    The Escoda family is known for crafting some of the finest brushes available. The Modernista is a synthetic bristle designed to replicate the feel of a Mongoose natural hair brush. See why these brushes are a great choice for acrylic and oil painters.

  • Liquitex Freestyle Brushes
    Liquitex Freestyle Brushes

    Liquitex Freestyle Brushes are a new range of professional acrylic brushes for large scale paintings and murals. See the unique features, shapes and sizes — and why these brushes are a great choice whether working in traditional sizes or massive murals!

  • Robert Simmons Brushes
    Robert Simmons Brushes

    Daler Rowney has a long tradition of brush manufacturing. These professional quality, hand-made brushes are crafted from only the finest raw materials and offer a life-time guarentee against defects in materials or workmanship. See the six series of brushes offered in the Robert Simmons line.

 

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