What are the different brush strokes that you can utilise to achieve different effects with acrylic painting?
At times, different types of brushes are used, like a fan brush to smooth an edge or simulate grass/weeds. There are brights and longs, each having straight end edges, the longs being longer. there are filberts that are flat but have rounded ends to the hairs. There are different types of hairs, natural (bristle, sable) and synthetic that often imitate the natural type hairs. Strokes are affected by all the above factors and more. Dry brush means you drag the brush lightly, or lightly and quickly, across the surface of the canvas (or paper or board), so that it doesn’t paint a solid stroke but a broken one, leaving unpainted pieces. There are many types of strokes–the most important lesson I ever learned was, “Make the brush say the form.” This means that when you make your strokes, move the brush in the direction the form goes. If you’re painting vertical cliffs, make your brush strokes vertically. If you’re painting a calm, horizontal sea, make your strokes left to right, horizontal