I tend to paint small, 4"x6" was my largest size for awhile. For the past few months I've been breaking out of my shell and I'm now at a full 8"x10" painting. As a result I am painting with bigger brushes along with my ittybittys and I'm obsessed.
Here are my top 5 and a bonus:
- 00 Winsor & Newton Cotman - teeny tiny for little details
- 2 Round Princeton - rounds are very versatile and you can use them for just about anything
- 2 Da Vinci Maestro - another round that is a great one for washes on smaller paintings or details on larger ones
- 2 Grumbacher - Flat edge brush for any sharp edges, a beak on my birds or squares, etc.
- 8 Princeton Elite - a larger round brush for bigger washes
- Bonus* - 3/4 Grumbacher 680 Mop - versatile because of the rounded shape and the size holds so much water, can get a lot out of it without re-wetting the brush
Little tip, the bigger the brush, the more water and then more time for color play in the washes.
Do you paint big or small? I posted a YouTube video showing these brushes as well as some of the swatches/marks they make as well.
Here's a list of my favorite supplies. Whatever your preference, I encourage you to try something new and see what happens.
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