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The humble paintbrush is one of the most important tools, when you are commencing a Paint Plot paint by number. 

Your kit has a pack of three paint brushes included, this is all you will need to complete your painting. Many of our Paint Plotters have been adding extra brushes to enhance the standard set of three.

We have been getting enquiries about which additional brushes are best so we thought we would create the ultimate paint brush guide for Paint by Numbers to help you choose any extra brushes for yourself.

It can be a little confusing, particularly if you are in an Art store as the selection is huge. We stock the best range of paint brushes for paint by number kits.

This Paint Plot Australia Brush Guide will help you choose the best paintbrushes to suit your needs. 

Your paintbrush will become your best friend whilst painting a Paint Plot Australia paint by number.

So, let us introduce you to the three main parts of a paintbrush:

  • The bristles - also known as hairs or filaments.

They make up the head of the brush and most importantly hold the paint.   They can be made from natural hair, synthetic fibres or a combination of both.

  • The ferrule – It is the metal band that connects the bristles to the handle and the crimp is part of the ferrule that secures it to the handle.
  • The handle. It is usually made of wood or acrylic.

Now that we have introduced you to your new best ‘painting’ friend, let us take you through the Paint Plot Australia Brush Guide.

This Brush Guide will familiarise you with the different shaped bristles and what they are best used for.

  • Round and Pointed Round Brushes – These brushes are designed for more controlled brush strokes. They are most suitable when you are working on detailed areas or thick/thin lines.

The pointed round brush is particularly useful when retouching.

  • The Flat Brush has long flat bristles. These brushes are very versatile as they can lay smooth patches of colour and are perfect for painting large areas quickly (for example the skyline, roads etc.) particularly in the early stages of your paint by number. 

You can also turn the flat brush on its edge to create fine crisp lines.

  • The Filbert brush – This brush has medium to long bristles and has an oval shape. They are particularly effective in blending work and rounded edges as in the petals on a flower.
  • The Angular flat brush – This is also similar to the flat brush as it can be used to paint larger areas. This is perfect for curved strokes and filling corners.
  • The Fan brush – They are more of a specialty brush. They are great for blending and feathering.  They can be used for adding texture, for example to grass or leaves.
  • The Detail Round brush – The description says it all. This brush is round, with shorter bristles and a shorter handle.

It is ideal for those detailed and small strokes and the ones with longer bristles are liner brushes.

We hope that this Paint Plot Australia Brush Guide has helped with choosing the paintbrushes that most suit you.

We have four options to choose from on our website and a new more affordable mini detail brush set, which will be available soon. 

If you need any advice on brushes or anything at all, don’t hesitate to email our customer service team at

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