BRUSH TYPE AND USES
Round Brush:Comma strokes, One-strokes, C-strokes, S-strokes, Stippling, and Stenciling.
Liner Brush:Dots, Dolly parton hearts, Lining (watery paint),and Cross Hatching.
Full Loaded flat Brushes:Broad, Chisel, Checks, Steps, C-strokes, S-strokes, Circles, Hearts, and Igloos.
Side Loaded Flat Brushes:Floating, Shading and Highlighting
Use flat brush.
Fully load a flat brush. Angle the brush handle slightly towards you. Start at the top of the stroke with all of the bristles touching the surface. Pull towards you, maintaining even pressure thoughout the stroke. Slow down towards the end and lift the brush straight up.
Other names: Knife or Line Stroke
Use a flat brush.
Fully load a flat brush. Start at the top of the stroke and work down. Keep the brush in an upright position and maintain even pressure throughout the stroke. It should be a fine line similar to what you would make with a felt tip marker.
Other names: Cresent or U-Stroke
Can use flat, round or a linner brush.
Fully load the brush. Stroke flat brushes so that they have a fine chiseled edge. For liners and rounds, twirl the bristles to a nice fine point. Hold the brush in a upright position. Set the bristles down using light pressure, and pull the stroke to the left. Increase pressure as you move down and from the wide, curve part of the "C". Slow down and decrease pressure, allowing the bristles to return to a fine point. Then slide to the right and form the end of the "C".
Other names: Polliwog, Daisy, Squiggle, Tadpole, or Eyebrow.
Can use flat, round or a liner brush.
As you paint this stroke, think:
PRESS....Brush to spread the bristles.
PULL.....Brush towards you,and as you do lift brush until you get the thin tail.
Fully load your brush. For liners and rounds, dip the tip in a little more paint to make the top of the comma round. Press the bristles on the surface, hesitating long enough for them to spread out. Maintain a constant pressure as you make the slight curve. Gradually reduce pressure as you pull the stroke towards you. Slow down to allow the bristles to return to the chisel edge (for flats) or a fine point (for liners and rounds). This makes the fine line of the comma.
Can use a flat, a liner or a round brush.
As you paint this stroke think:
PULL, PRESS, PULL, RELEASE.
Fully load your brush. If you are using a liner or a round, twirl the bristles to make a fine point. Hold the brush in an upright position. The brush handle should face the same direction through out the entire stroke. The curve of the "S" should be subtle. Start at the top of the stroke on the chisel edge (for flats) or a fine point (for liners and rounds), and pull down with light pressure to create the fine line at the top of the "S". Press down for the wide part of the "S". The brush handle should still be facing the same way as when you first started. Reduce pressure and slow down to allow the bristles to return to a fine point for the bottom of the "S".
Ok OK you messed up and didn't clean your brushes, these things do happen. This is what you can do to help that little problem. Put the brush in a solution of Murphys Oil Soap, and some alcohol. I just pour some of each into a jar, put the brush in the solution making sure the ferrule does not touch the solution. I do this by using a cloths pin to hold the brush in place. Leave the brush in the solution overnight. Then clean your brush in the morning. Murphy's Oil Soap is great for getting paint out of clothing too.
After your brush has dried it is okay to lightly spray your paint brush bristles with hairspray, to maintain the shape of the bristles. Just remember to rinse the brush off with luke warm water and soap before using it again.