Brushes for oil paints

by Nov 2, 2020Art Supplies

Brushes – part 3 – for Oil Paints

…brushes for the thicker medium of oil paints

Oil paints are thinker than other painting mediums – Jane continues her look at brushes with those best suited for oils. See part 1 where Jane looks at brushes for Watercolours and part 2 where she looked at brushes for acrylics.

Hog hair brushes – widely used for oils

Hog brushes are one of the most widely used brushes for oil painting. The hog brushes have bristles which allow artists to paint with oil colours which is a much thicker paint. Oil paint can also be applied with a pallet knife straight from the tube.

Here we have a selection of hog hair brushes.

This range of hog hair brushes are by Proarte and are the more professional brush for the artist, and are all priced individually.

hog hair brushes for oils

Strong yet springy bristles

Hog bristle brushes are made from the coarse hairs of a pig, which are strong yet springy. The bristles have natural split ends known as flagged ends, which increase the amount of paint they hold and helps to maintain precision in the brushes edge or point.

These hog brushes are by Daler Rowney and are part of the student range we stock. £3.95 each or any 4 for £14.50

daler rowney hog hair brushes

Split ends can be good!

Here you can see the split ends that happen naturally in the hog hair.

These hog brushes are great, I use these as they withstand rough handling. They also have a grip on the handle and don’t slip in your hand when painting. £3.95 each or 4 for £14.50

Split ends on hogs hair brushes

Synthetic bristles for oil paints

You can also use a synthetic bristle for oil painting, some advantages of the synthetic brushes are: they are more resistant to damage from turpentine, insects or paints.

Cleanup is easier since they don’t tend to trap paint in the individual hairs. The hairs last longer because they are less prone to break and are more durable on many different types of canvas surfaces.

Pro Arte series 202 are a synthetic alternative to a traditional hog hair brush; these brushes are great for acrylic and oil designed especially for those artists who require precision and detail these brushes have tremendous spring in the bristles and great pointing adaptability.

This picture shows the series 202 and are all individually priced.

pro arte series 202 synthetic bristles

Natural Hair for oils

There are two main types of hair used in natural brushes, these are bristle and sable. Because natural bristles are softer than synthetic bristles, professionals prefer a natural hair for oil paints. Sable brushes are softer and more delicate than bristle or synthetic brushes.

These brushes are kolinsky red sable and are perfect for oil paints.

£5.25 each or 3 for £14.50

softer synthetic brushes

I hope this has helped to show you what brushes are available for oil colour.

When choosing the best brush or brushes for your work we strongly suggest that you handle the brushes you are choosing between. Gadsby’s stock a great range of brushes and have experts on hand (if needed) to help with your selection. Prices shown were correct at the time of publication.

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