Bristle brushes are made from hog bristle, most often Chungking bristle sourced from China. Unlike other natural hair, hog bristle is a firm (or hard) brush hair that forms a V-shaped split or "flag" at the tip, and tends to have a natural curve. Natural bristle brushes with these "interlocked" bristles resist fraying, and they spread medium-to-thick paints such as oils and acrylics smoothly and evenly. A range of pure hog bristle brushes is recommended for oil and acrylic painters. Synthetic alternatives to hog bristle are also highly recommended, performing as well or better than their natural counterparts. Because acrylic paints and solvents can cause natural bristle paintbrushes to lose their shape and degrade over time, some artists may prefer these types of synthetic brushes. As an added benefit, synthetic bristle brushes often cost less and are easier to clean.
Blick carries a wide range of natural and synthetic bristle brush choices for beginning artists, students, classrooms, advanced artists, and professionals. Find bright, fan, round, lunar blend, and specialty brushes for oils and acrylics, plus economical student-grade bristle brushes in sets, school packs, canisters, and other assortments. For a soft bristle brush experience, choose Princeton Summit Series 6100 White Soft Synthetic Brushes or Utrecht Rhenish Pure Hog Bristle Brushes. Access our Brush Charts for more information on types of paintbrushes, including brush shapes, fiber types, and measurements.