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Brush Measurement

Brush Measurement Charts

All blick Economy, Scholastic, Academic, Studio, and Master brushes are uniform in size and approximately match the charts. Refer to these charts when choosing Blick brand brushes.

Download Free Brush Charts

These free charts describe the different brush shapes and hair types, and Blick's system of standard brush sizing and measurement.

To provide you with the most accurate measurements possible, we measure all of our brushes as follows:

Length refers to the distance from the edge of the ferrule out to the tip of the hair in the brush's center.

Diameter refers to the distance across a round ferrule at the exact point where the ferrule ends and the hair begins.

Width refers to the distance across a flat ferrule at the exact point where the ferrule ends and the hair begins.

Tips for Measuring Brushes

Measure brushes while they are dry. A brush's width is not the width of the paint stroke that the brush makes. The actual width of the stroke varies according to the amount of pressure used, the angle at which the brush is held, the media used, and the flexibility of the brush hair.


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