Pinselstriche mit Acrylfarbe von KREUL

Why the paint chooses the paintbrush

01/24/2024 |

You have used brilliant paint, but you're still unhappy with the result? Maybe it’s your tools that are at fault. If the artwork on your canvas is too different from the picture you have in your mind, then that's usually nothing to do with talent. Often it is because the paintbrush used wasn’t the best one for the paint.


When it comes to choosing a paintbrush, the consistency of the paint is the key. The choice of paintbrush should be guided by this as well as the technique you intend to use. Whether textures with pastose acrylic paint like KREUL el Greco Acrylic or soft colour transitions with liquid acrylic paint like SOLO GOYA Triton Acrylic: everything's possible, just with different paintbrushes in each case. Of course, you can simply try out different paintbrushes. But it’s much quicker with these two tips. Here, we show you which paintbrushes are suited to which acrylic paint and technique.

Pastose acrylic paint: Bristle brushes for textures

The paintbrush with the strong, rough bristles is a classic. It is the perfect choice for acrylic paint with paste consistency, like KREUL el Greco Acrylic. Why? Because it perfectly picks up the acrylic paint, but also "leaves its mark" on the painting surface. Every stroke with the bristle brush remains visible. 

Perfect if you want a structural effect in your artwork. For example, for depicting grasses or for abstract painting. KREUL el Greco Acrylic can also be applied with a fine synthetic hair brush. With a soft hair brush, it isn't possible to get this haptic, eye-catching effect. A fantastic paintbrush for the textural effects is a flat bristle brush like the SOLO GOYA Artists’ Brush Bristle Flat. 

Liquid acrylic paint: soft synthetic hair paintbrushes for colour transitions

When is it better to use a soft paintbrush? A flexible synthetic hair paintbrush is the right choice if you want to paint with a liquid acrylic paint. Its soft brush hairs picks up the liquid paint better than a bristle brush and also releases it better. For painting with SOLO GOYA Triton Acrylic and SOLO GOYA Acrylic, we therefore recommend using a soft synthetic hair paintbrush.

With this, you can get a smooth coat of colour without visible brushstrokes. Soft backgrounds or seamless transitions are easy with the duo of liquid acrylic paint and synthetic hair paintbrushes. With a soft paintbrush, you can get an even distribution of liquid paint. Almost seamless paint transitions over large areas are possible with a flexible, big flat brush like the SOLO GOYA Goldhair Synthetics Artists' Paintbrush broad. Round synthetic hair paintbrushes with a tapered shape like the SOLO GOYA Goldhair Synthetics Artists’ Paintbrush round are perfect for lettering and fine details. Have fun trying the different brushes out!