To the novice painter at least, there are a confusing number and type of brushes to choose from. However, once you understand the differences between them, your choice of artist paint brushes is much simplified.

Different Strokes/Different Brushes

The characteristics and design of different brushes tend to reflect how they are to be used and that, to a large degree, depends on the type of paint you are using.

Oil and acrylic painting often tends to be on a large scale, with paint applied quite thickly and often in sweeping strokes. Watercolour, on the other hand, is often on a much smaller scale, more delicate and in greater detail.

To allow for these differences, brushes for oil and acrylic painting usually have relatively long handles so you stand further back to view the overall picture and can also make more flowing strokes. The bristles of these brushes tend to be relatively coarse, often made of hog hair, to hold the greater quantity of paint that is applied.

Watercolour brushes generally have shorter handles since work is usually at a closer range. The bristles are much finer, often of sable, and are able to hold enough paint for large washes of colour to be applied. These brushes tend to taper to a point for detailed work.

It is possible to interchange the brushes for different mediums but in general they are best kept separate.

Caring for Your Brushes

A good art brush, such as those we sell, can last for years as long as it’s looked after properly. That generally means cleaning it thoroughly after each use. To do this:

  • Remove excess watercolour or acrylic paint by rinsing in clean water and then drying on a cloth, or remove oil paint using turpentine, white spirit or a similar product
  • Rub artists’ brush soap into the head of the brush, making sure you do this thoroughly and cover the full length, and work into a lather
  • Rinse in warm water and repeat until the lather is white rather than the colour of the paint
  • Dry excess water from the brush with a clean cloth
  • Leave the brush to dry completely.

Failure to do this properly will result in the brush hairs becoming brittle and splitting, causing the head to go out of shape. Brush soap contains oils that add moisture to the hairs and prevent this happening.

Whatever medium you paint in and whatever type of artist you are, we have an artist brush set to meet your needs. We also sell rollers for applying large areas of background colour and palette knives for mixing your paints.

Get Your Paint Brush from Art Shed Online

 Are you an artist?  Then you are probably constantly looking for a good supplier of affordable art paint brushes.  Even with the best of care, brushes wear down pretty fast.  It is only natural for dedicated artists to require a few new brushes every time they start out on a new work of art.

If you need to stock up on your supply of brushes or if you need a fresh set for beginners then you have come to the right place because at Art Shed Online we sell all the brushes and brush sets you will ever need for completing just about any artwork under the sun. 

Why Buy Your Brushes From Us?

You can find brushes in just about any store, so why should you buy online from our website?  Well, if you want to invest in quality artists’ products, then there is no better place to shop at than Art Shed Online.  Unlike the equipment from some other craft stores, the paint brushes we sell are made of fine quality materials and are distributed by well-respected brands.  When you buy our brushes, you will invest in quality products that last you a very long time. 

But this is hardly the only reason to choose our company as your leading art supplier.  Our brush ranges are also the best because of the following reasons;

Unique brushes - When you create fine artworks the type of brushes you use can have a huge impact on your final result.  Our shop offers the widest range of brush types and also sell brushes that are unique in design so you can complete those tough brush strokes or work in much finer detail without making a mess.

Different types to choose from - We sell a wide range of brush types such as mini brushes, flat brushes, round brushes, big brushes, mixed bristle brushes, oil hog bristle brushes, goat hair brushes and more. 

Brushes for different art mediums - Our brush ranges also includes brush types for any paint medium you choose to use including watercolour, oil, acrylic or mixed media artworks. 

The best sets - Most brushes we sell are available in sets that range from small three brush sets all the way to comprehensive 12 piece brush sets.  Our sets are perfect for beginner artists, student artists or even advanced students in need of new gear.  Our sets include all the brushes you usually need for creating beautiful art and all of these sets are a superb pick if you are looking for art supply gifts. 

Buy Your Brushes Online

Art Shed Online distributes art supplies across Australia.  You can buy any art paint brush or art brush sets directly from our website and have your order delivered to your door.

Our online shop is a perfect place for artists, schools and art workshops to find exactly what they need and our company is also the best place if you want to buy a special artist in your family a unique gift set that he or she will love.

Art Shed supply art supplies online in Australia including canvas art suppliesacrylic paintkids craft supplies and plenty more. Shop online with Art Shed and save big on your art supplies.