Liquitex Freestyle Brushes

Liquitex Freestyle Brushes

(♪♪♪) Liquitex Freestyle Brushes
are a brand new range of professional
acrylic brushes for large scale
paintings and murals in traditional
and also large scale sizes, so it’s a pretty
exciting new range, and one of the things
that they have in common– or actually two of the things
they have in common– is the filaments are
synthetic tapered filaments, and the reason
we want to have those is because they really snap back
into shape really well. You’re going to be
using them for a long time, you want them to
hold their shape, that’s very key. They also have
stainless steel ferrules too. You’re using water to
clean up and everything, you don’t want
your brushes rusting. Again, longevity
down the road is key. Now when you
take a look at the traditional brushes
over here, they have this very cool
green handle which is nice and fun, and they come in a variety
of traditional sizes, round –and also shapes–
rounds, flats, filberts, and so on, so you can get in
even on a large painting and do detail work. You need to outline things
and fill in, and then I know
for myself, being a messy painter, paint gets all over
the handle, obscures the number
sometimes that you see there, so we’ve got numbers
on the end as well. That way you can always see
what’s going on down there ’cause it’s unlikely that
you’ll get paint overtop of those. So those are a lot of fun. The handle as well, it’s got this
contoured handle here so when you are holding up close
to get in on a tight area on a painting, it’s nice because it’s got
a thicker area here that you can
really hold on to. It’s also a little bit thicker
back here for longer work, and then when we go over here
to the large mural brushes we’ve got flats and angles
in a variety of sizes, in 1, 2, and 3 inch sizes. These are great for
blocking in areas. The angles are excellent for
coming in on corners and areas
in paintings like that. The one things that’s nice
about these ferrules too, because they’re big brushes
and you’re going to be moving them around a lot,
they’ve also got glue, not only glue
but stainless steel ferrules and also screws in there too
to secure those, really hold
the fibres in place, the filaments in place,
so that’s key. And then this one,
this is the Giant, obviously,
it’s called the Giant, it’s a huge brush,
5 1/2 inches, holds a ton of paint. I used this myself recently on
an 8 foot by 20 foot mural and it’s amazing
how much it holds, how much you can cover. If you need to get to
a really high area in the painting you can unscrew the handle,
which is nice, that comes out,
screw in a broom handle, reach a tall area. It’s also got
this piece of metal here so it can clip on a bucket, you know,
drop the whole thing in there. And then we
come over to these ones, we’ve got long handle
and short handle flats. These are a little bit softer
and a little bit thinner out of the ferrules, so when you get into
smooth applications, thinner applications,
those are nice, but particularly
for varnishing, especially when you get
to the short handle ones, you want a shorter
handle for varnishings, so that you have more control. You also want as wide
as you possibly can for a varnishing brush so you’re not dragging
back and forth into the varnish,
as few passes as you can, and then these are quite fun. I want to get out
a little paint here. These are
the Paddle Brushes, I like these. They’re short
out of the ferrule, called Paddle Brushes
of course because of this
paddle-like handle, and these are nice
because I can get big broad areas with these. I can also get very thin lines
with these as well, so when I get into
tight areas, I’ve got a lot of
control though, so I like those, and then these ones
that are funky too, these are the
Splatter Brushes. A lot of times artists would
use an old toothbrush for splattering effects. I’ve got a round on there
and a flat end, and I can dip this in here. I can control it how I want. If I really want to
fling the thing back, I can splatter you. If not, I can hold this
a little bit closer, get my hands a little dirty,
and I can splatter sections in sort of
a controlled manner. I can also drag paint
through it for textured effects as well, and for mixing up
a huge volume of paint, we’ve got knives to
accompany the range as well, so nice different shapes for
trowelling paint on and also for scooping up
large amounts of it, so no matter
what you want to do, we’ve got a tool
for you to do that, especially when
you’re painting big, so have fun. (♪♪♪) Captioned by GigEcast


  • stlouisphile says:

    If brushes could be sexy…these would be it!

  • Samantha Proa says:

    I definately agree about the sexy brushes. lol. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • LottaTroublemaker says:

    I just got one of the freestyle brushes yesterday and tried it out last night. It is FANTASTIC, so much fun to use! It's a white taklon-like bristle, but it is quite short and stiff, makes it easy to move around paint. It is also great for precision work using the edge as well as for blending. I even used just a few bristles on the very edge for some detailing. Real surprised as to how much I could do with this one brush only. Love the handle too, very comfy to use. I'll sure get more sizes!!!

  • LottaTroublemaker says:

    I have to add one thing, it was the paddle brush I bought, the 1". It will now take the place of my 1" hog bristle brushes, which had to be replaced so often, but it will also cover a lot of other needs, that is for sure. It'll sure be one of my favorites! The quality obviously is very high, not difficult to see and feel when you hold this brush! Really look forward to adding more sizes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    @LottaTroublemaker Thanks for the feedback!

  • Annnhaa says:

    Thanks for this review! It's really helpful.

  • AuroraPoison says:

    I have seen so many bad reviews on these brushes. Some say that the glue is weak and the bristles start to come off. I bought two of these brushes and they work just fine. I'm not sure if it's because of the bad reviews but these brushes recently went on clearance at my local art supply store.

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    We haven't heard that the glue is weak, but one thing to keep in mind is to make sure not to leave your brushes soaking in water or solvents. Taking care of your brushes will help in their longevity.

  • Sammiez Jewelry says:

    I have two of the green handle ones in size 6 and 5 and two of the splatter brushes which id use for stippling.

  • Karen A. Scofield says:

    I've had these brushes for a few years now and they are holding up nicely — they look almost new. They feel soooooo good in the hand. I have over 20 of them and bought them at different dates. I haven't had any quality issues with the brushes. Considering the brushes an investment, I read what not to do with artist paint brushes first. I don't soak my brushes or wash them with hot water. I do clean them immediately, shake off excess water, pat dry, and let the brushes dry hanging with tip down.

  • adriftandsleeping says:

    I am an oil painter and I have used these Liquitex Freestyle brushes–the traditional shaped ones–for some of my paintings.ย  I use them with non-water soluble oils–standard oil bound pigments–and have seen no issues.ย  I clean them as I do all my brushes, with brush cleaner and warm water.ย  Are there any considerations for using them in this way?ย  All the literature says use for acrylics and water soluble oils only.

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