Basic Oil Painting Techniques : Types of Brushes for Oil Painting

Basic Oil Painting Techniques : Types of Brushes for Oil Painting

On behalf of Expert Village, my name is Vince
Fazio and I’m here to talk to you from the Sedona art center about one session oil paintings.
I use an assortment of brushes. I love painting large as well as small. These are brushes
I use on the small scale paintings. A bristle filbert brush… a little bit longer than
and a bit rounded as compared to a flat. This is a flat. These two are larger for this scale
of painting; you can see it’s a decent size brush. And they’ll be used for blocking in
and beginning the process. Also, this shader angle brush is one of my favorites. I often
find myself using it on end though. This little flat thin comes in really handy toward the
end of the painting. This is the one I depend on. And it’s a pretty soft brush. A soft brush
is good for putting paint on top of other paint. A bristle brush that’s a bit thicker
is going to scrape into the paint. It’s got a bit more spring to it, it’s got thicker
hairs, and it’s going to scrape into the paint, mixing the under paint with the over paint.
So the soft brush will be used more toward the end. Palate knives…. sometimes I paint
with these. Often, I mix paint with these. And these are good for mixing paint because
with a brush your grabbing paint in a different way and it’s not as clean. A palate knife
is a very clean way of mixing your paint. A palate knife is also easy to clean. One
of the tools that I didn’t mention yet is a paper towel. Watch this….that’s easy to
clean compared to a brush. So, you can mix with the palate knife. And you can also see
how flat that color shows up on the palate. And it really lets you see exactly what color
you have there and you can kind of visually match that with what you’re doing. If you’re
working from a photograph as we’re going to be working in a minute you can put some of
that paint on the palate knife and hold it right up to the photograph to look at what
you’ve got.


  • 09anutka says:

    how we can see your brushes its too far away!

  • polymath7 says:

    I'd be eager to hear from others what your favorite brads of hog brushes are.
    In my expeience best seem to be, Robert Simmons Signet series, Grumbacher's Degas, Blick, Da Vanci (very overpriced though) and Utrecht (amazingly cheap for the quality $4 for a #6!)

    Also, for soft hair , I HIGHLY recommend natural mongoose brushes if you can fid them. Thei're not only cheaper than Kolinsky sables but actually, I think, vastly superior in every way.
    Trust me, save the sables for water-media.

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