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Which is the perfect brush? An artist brush customer

09/24/2020 |
  • SOLO GOYA Premium brush Bristle
  • SOLO GOYA Premium brush Synthetic
  • SOLO GOYA Premium brush Red Marten
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Line by line, he or she applies the paint, goes round in circles or creates sharp-edged surfaces: a brush performs true miracles on the painting surface and is therefore the most important tool of an artist. Not all brushes are the same. There are round specimens, fan brushes, fine or bristly ones. Depending on the shape of hair structure, very different results are achieved. But which brush is the best? That always depends on the project. We will show you what is important when choosing the right brush and give you examples using the SOLO GOYA brushes!

Brushes can be roughly distinguished by their trimming, for example, there are brushes with hair or bristles. The most valuable brush hair comes from the red sable. The SOLO GOYA Red sable imit. has been designed to imitate real animal hair and has been given the same good characteristics. The elasticity of the hair trim is a quality criterion of the brush. It determines how quickly the brush returns to its original position and thus remains dimensionally stable. The SOLO GOYA Goldhair Synthetics are produced with a trimming of high quality, golden synthetic fibres and are characterised by high elasticity and suppleness. They are hard-wearing and easy to clean. Compared to fine hair brushes, the bristle brushes have a firmer and more elastic bristle trimming. When painting with bristle brushes, the brush stroke remains visible and creates expressive structures.

The characteristics of the paint play an essential role in choosing the optimal brush.  As a rule of thumb: the more pastier the colour, the firmer the brush should be. With liquid paint, a soft hair brush takes up the paint and releases it in a controlled manner. Just like the brushes from the SOLO GOYA Red sable imit. or the SOLO GOYA Goldhair Synthetics line. They are optimal tools when painting with liquid paint like watercolour. In acrylic painting, synthetic brushes are the perfect choice. So, the SOLO GOYA Goldhair Synthetics is hard-wearing and dimensionally stable. The SOLO GOYA Premium Synthetics is suitable for oil painting and paste-like acrylic painting. It is characterised by an even uptake and release of colour. A bristle brush, such as the SOLO GOYA Bristle Cat tongue, is ideal for oil painting. Bristle brushes help to distribute pasty paint optimally. If you like to paint at the easel, choose a brush with a long handle. This allows a better perspective on the work.

Which brush to use also depends on what the artist wants to paint. Should it be precise lines, complex structures or even surfaces? A round brush like the SOLO GOYA Goldhair Synthetics is the classic all-rounder with which almost all techniques are possible. With its fine tip, even the smallest of details succeed. We recommend a flat brush like the SOLO GOYA Goldhair Synthetics flat as a basic brush for the base. It creates an even colour application, straight lines and also sharp borders. With the rounded flat brush, also called cat's tongue, round shapes like petals can be achieved. Fan brushes like the SOLO GOYA bristle fan are specialists in creating colour transitions or special effects. For example, it is a good tool for depicting grasses. If you want to apply primers, choose the SOLO GOYA Goldhair Synthetics wide. The wide brush with synthetic hair creates a streak-free and even application on the painting surface.

To ensure that your favourite brush can be used for a long time, it must be well cared for. Artists should never allow the paint to dry in the brush. After working with acrylic or watercolour paints, the brush is thoroughly cleaned of all paint residues with lukewarm water and curd soap. If the brush was used for oil painting, the remaining oil paint should be wiped off the brush with a cloth. Then clean it with a special cleaner such as the SOLO GOYA Substitute of Turpentine and wash it out with curd soap. To restore the cleaned brush to its original shape, any remaining water should be removed from the hair and the tip should be shaped with the fingers. Now cleaned brushes can dry standing or lying down. One more tip: do not leave brushes in a glass of water, otherwise the ferrules may be damaged. Gently cared for, a brush can create wonderful works of art for a long time. We wish you good luck.

  • SOLO GOYA Artist brush Red Sable imit. round, size 12, Art.-Nr. 202112
  • SOLO GOYA Artist brush Goldhair Synthetics round, size 6, Art.-Nr. 200506
  • SOLO GOYA Artist brush Goldhair Synthetics flat, size 8, Art.-Nr. 200408
  • SOLO GOYA Artist brush Bristle fans, size 3, Art.-Nr. 201003
  • SOLO GOYA Artist brush Bristle cat's tongue, size 8, Art.-Nr. 202208
  • SOLO GOYA Artist brush Bristle flat, size 10, Art.-Nr. 201410
  • SOLO GOYA Artist brush Premium Synthetics flat, size 8, Art.-Nr. 202908
  • SOLO GOYA Artist brush Goldhair Synthetics cat's tongue, size 6, Art.-Nr. 200706
  • SOLO GOYA Substitute of Turpentine, Art.-Nr. 3571-50ML