Oil/acrylic/gouache brushes

Talens Art Creation has a wide range of quality brushes for different types of paint and techniques. The brushes vary in size, hair type and shape.

Hair type
For the brushes of Talens Art Creation both natural and synthetic hair is used:
- Hog bristle (bristle) is a sturdy type of hair which is used for thicker paints, such as oil and acrylic colours. The hair is strong and resilient and leaves a brush stroke in the paint.
- Ox-ear hair is a strong and durable soft hair type that is suitable for all types of paint, and particularly if you don't want to see a brush stroke or if you use the paint thinned. As ox-ear hair can absorb a great deal of thin paint, this brush is also suitable for water colour and gouache.
- Filament consists of synthetic fibres (polyester) and is suitable for all types of paint. Due to the strength and resiliency of polyester, filament brushes are highly suited for oil and acrylic colours. As the filament brush absorbs moisture well, it is also suited for water colour and gouache.

Brush shape
Brushes are available in various shapes.
- With a flat brush, the so-called 'Gussow model', you paint larger sections and small, flat brush strokes.
- A round brush is suitable for more detailed work.
- A cat tongue model combines the characteristics of flat and round pointed brushes; the hair has been fitted in a flat ferrule, but is longer is the middle. Cat tongue models are therefore suitable for both larger sections and smaller details.
- A spalter is a very wide flat brush and can be used to paint large areas. Hog bristle spalters are also used to prepare grounds.

Brush size
The size of the hair bundle of your brush is very important. For fine work you use a thin brush. For larger colour sections it is better to use a finer brush. The size of the brush is indicated by a number: the higher the number, the thicker the hair bundle.