Advancements in synthetic paint brush technology have resulted in many synthetic oil paint brushes, watercolor brushes, acrylic brushes, and synthetic bristle brushes that perform as well or better than their natural counterparts. This performance, plus more affordable prices in many cases, make these brushes an attractive alternate for oil painters, acrylic painters, watercolorists, muralists, mixed media artists, craft and hobby artists, and others who use artist brushes for professional or recreational use.
Constructed from different types of taklon, nylon, synthetic blends, or a blend of synthetic and natural fibers, these brush filaments can be tapered, abraded, flagged, or otherwise treated to increase their color-carrying and water-carrying abilities. They can also be dyed or baked to make them softer and more absorbent. Synthetic paint brushes are less susceptible to damage from solvents and paints. They’re also easier to clean and less prone to breakage on rougher painting surfaces.
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