What can I expect?
There are so many different brushes and brush shapes available, that it can become quite confusing. Before we start painting, we will learn which tools to use and how to use them.
- What can you expect to Learn?
- The Tools of your Trade: Brushes, Palette knives and more…
- The Tools of your Trade: Hogs Hair Brushes
- The Tools of your Trade: Synthetic Brushes
- The Tools of your Trade: Synthetic Golden Taklon Angular Brushes
- The Tools of your Trade: Palette knife set
- The Tools of your Trade: Acrylic Paint
- The Tools of your Trade: Acrylic Retarder or Slow Drying Medium
- The Tools of your Trade: Glycerine
- The Tools of your Trade: Tear Off Palette
- Painting Accessories – Lets learn more about how to use these tools
- How to use Painting Knives
- How to use Dippers
- How to use a Mahl Stick
- How to use a Round Brushes
- How to use a Flat Brushes
- Brush Sizes
- How to use a Filbert Brushes
- How to use a Fan Blender Brush
- How to use a Decorator’s Brushes
- Brush Care
- Other Painting Supports
Starting your Painting!
Putting down your first layer using Paynes Grey
Mixing and washing your Midtones and Highlights
Dark's and Lights
Hot and Cold Colours
Creating Depth and Shape using Tonal Values
Painting by Numbers!
PRO TIP! How to push your colours beyond the norm
- Abstracting your colors and getting that Modern look! Part 1
- Abstracting your colors and getting that Modern look! Part 2
- Color Mixing Tips
- Color makes a design come alive!
- How to Mix Bright and Dull Colours. (Yes, you need both!)
- How to mix Greys and Brown and Tone Down Colours
- Good Colour Combinations!
- Your Colour Chart!
- Colours that Sing!
The Tools of your Trade: Hogs Hair Brushes
When using oil and acrylic then hog hair brushes are a good choice. They are naturally stiff and each bristle is split into two or three at the tip and these are called flags allowing the brush to hold on to more paint and apply it evenly. These brushes are the workhorse of the oil painter. The ultimate hard brush is made from the hairs on the back of a pig (hog), which are strong yet springy. The bristles have natural split-ends (flags), which increases the amount of paint they hold. They are good for loading with a lot of paint and painting impasto style. They age well, becoming softer and more responsive with use.
- Best Hog has the stiffest hair, plenty of flags allowing it to carry more colour, and extremely resilient so that the brush keeps its working edge and shape for longer. Winsor & Newton Artists’ Oil Brush is the highest quality hog brush.
- Better Hog has hair that is a little softer than best hog and will not wear quite as well.
- Good Hog is even softer. This type of brush will not maintain its shape well.
- Poor Quality Hog is soft, weak and tends to splay which makes controlling the colour difficult.