Welcome to our Paint Plot Brush Guide.
One of the most important tools for painting is the artists paint brush. Choosing the correct brushes is important and can be difficult. Particularly if you go shopping for them, the choice is endless and confusing.
We receive many questions regarding this, so we have decided to help you choose the right paint brushes for your personal needs with our ultimate paint brush guide for Paint by Numbers.
Many of our Paint Plotters are quite happy with the standard set of three that are provided with the Paint Plot paint by number kits.
Others prefer to enhance the one’s that are provided and purchase a more detailed selection. This is a good idea if you are completing a few paint by numbers and if this is becoming a long term hobby for you.
The more you paint, the more you will become familiar with the shapes and sizes of the brushes you need for the different areas of the canvas.
All paint brushes are made up of three main components. The head of the paint brush, known as the bristles, hairs or filaments. The ferrule, which is the metal part connecting it to the handle and of course the handle itself.
Below you will find our Paint Plot Brush Guide and the most common options for use of each style.
- 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. Those with longer bristles are the liner brushes which are great for painting along lines and creating crisp edges on your painting.
We hope our Paint Plot Brush Guide has been helpful and you are now better informed on which to choose.
Currently here at Paint Plot we have four options to choose from on our website and a new more affordable mini detail brush set, which will be available soon.
- 12 pack which has a mix of all the brushes you need but doesn't include fan brushes:
- 11 piece brush set which has a mix of all these brushes including fans:
- Mini detail brushes which are great for small areas of your canvas:
- A more affordable mini detail brush set.
- Mini detail and liner brush sets which are great for small areas and going along the lines with an easy grip handle:
Finally, now that you are familiar with which extra brushes are on offer, we want them to last.
Follow our three simple steps on how to preserve your paint brushes and keep them in top shape and ready for your next paint by number creation.
- Keep your brushes moist throughout each session. If you have a few brushes on the go at once, make sure that they are kept moist.
- At the end of each session, or a change of color, clean your brushes thoroughly with water. Check around the ferrule, as paint often gets caught under the metal. Pat dry with a cloth or paper towel.
- Ensure that the bristles are never left upside down in water for long periods of time, as this weakens them. When your paint brushes are not in use store your them in an upright position.
If you have any more questions about paint brushes or anything at all, please contact our friendly customer service team at firstname.lastname@example.org