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Basic Information: Brush Selection

May 31, 2010

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Loew-Cornell takes the guesswork out of choosing a brush with this guide. The names for same or similar shapes, in various hairs or handle lengths, appear in parentheses.
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Round ; Use on point, or apply pressure to make thick-to-thin strokes.
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Round Stroke ; Shaped specifically for decorative stroke work, with the fine point coming from the centermost hairs.
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Spotter ; For fine detailing.
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Liner ; Continuous curved or straight lines. Vary thickness with pressure changes.
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Ultra Round ; Use as a liner on point. Full belly provides a reservoir for paint. A favorite for watercolor.
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Mid-length Liner ; (Jackie’s Liner) Flowing line work and strokes. Holds a bit more paint than a regular liner.
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Script Liner (Long Liner) Scroll work, flowing thick-to-thin lines. Length of hair holds more paint than a regular liner.
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Shader (Flat) ; Blocking in color shading, blending, highlighting and stroke work.
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Chisel Blender (Bright) ; Short, flat strokes and blending, especially useful with heavy mediums.
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Angular Shader (Angle Flat) ; Tight shading, floated color, curved strokes. Popular rose petal brush.
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Wash (Wash/Glaze) Washes, basecoating and applying finishes.
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One Stroke (Stroke) ; Long, flat lettering brush.
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Filbert (Oval) ; Strokes with soft edges. Blending. A natural flower petal shape.
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Fan ; Use dry or with tips loaded to create texture or smooth other brush strokes.
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Deerfoot Stippler ; Texturing brush. Use a dry brush and light, pouncing technique for fur, shrubbery and soft backgrounds.
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Debbie Mitchell Stippler ; Texturing brush. The pattern produced is more open than a traditional stippler.
Angular Bristle ; Create natural textures of wildflowers, foliage, snow, ocean foam, etc. Stippling, dry brushing and scrubbing techniques.
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Rake® – Flat, texturing brush with a naturally-fingered shape. Use for hair, grass, wood grain, feathers and fur. Filbert Rake® creates the same effect with softer edges.
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Rake Fan® – Shorter arc than a traditional fan and naturally fingering shape for layering color.
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Dagger Striper ; Long chisel edge for fine, even lines. Vary pressure for thick-to-thin ribbon effect.
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Miracle-Wedge® – Easily loaded with 3 different colors for a variety of stroke effects.
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Dome Round ; Soft, rounded brush head for touch blending and gentle scumbling.
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Mop ; Blending and softening. Washes.
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Stencil ; Use a dry brush with very little paint and a circular or stippling technique.
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Fabric (Scrubbers) – Flats and tapered rounds. These brushes are sturdy enough to withstand a scrubbing or stenciling technique on fabric and other surfaces.
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