Being an artist can be an expensive lifestyle. Art supplies aren’t always cheap and sales are few and far between.  You can find cheap supplies out there but unfortunately, a lot of times, the quality is cheap as well. You get what you pay for.

When you’re starting out as an artist, one of the mistakes you can make is skimping on paint brushes. It’s very easy to do because when you go to your local art store, it’s hard to beat that 25 paint brushes for $9.99 deal.

“What’s wrong with cheap paint brushes? ” You may ask.  Well, from my experience, the main problem with them is that they shed. In other words, the bristle or hair comes out very easily from them. This can be disastrous when they come out and stick in the paint onto your wet painting as you’re working. Sure you can pick it out with your fingers or tweezers, but now your paint stroke is ruined. And as many artists know, a lot of times the “magic” is in the brush stroke. It’s hard to recreate that magic.

So what do you do? For starters, don’t fall into the 25 brushes for $9.99 trap. And conversely, there’s no reason to go all out to the other extreme and buy a thousand dollar paintbrush made from rare Unicorn hair. Be reasonable.

The great thing about the internet is that you can do research. Look at reviews and prices of brushes. This will give you a good idea of how the brushes perform. Go to artist forums and read about what others are using and their experiences.

Personally, when I shop for paint brushes I don’t buy cheap stuff. But I also don’t buy anything too expensive. There’s no need to. I look for something that is reasonably priced but has a good rating for performance.

Right now I’m using these: http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Chest-Professional-Anti-Shedding/dp/B019HR9HDC/ref=zg_bs_tab_pd_bsnr_3 and I’m happy with them, they do everything I need. They work for me but they might not be what you’re looking for because brushes can be a personal thing. So shop around. Find out what you prefer for yourself but remember my advice: stay away from the cheap stuff.

-Roz Abellera

 

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