An intermediate studio brush, the Bristlette holds up well to the inherently caustic qualities of solvents and acrylic paint. Made with white taklon filaments, they are slightly firm, making them ideal for acrylic work. Even with the most vigorous painting methods, these brushes maintain their ability to hold a point and crisp edge. Bristlette brushes resist wear and tear far better than the more fragile sable brushes without sacrificing many of the favored characteristics of sable, such as texture and responsiveness. Bristlette brushes are excellent for massing color, and for detail work.
Bristlette - Bright
Bright: Length and width of brush is generally squared. Similar to flats, but shorter hairs make a stiffer brush. Good for laying down thicker paint and for short, controlled strokes. When worked with increased pressure, they can be used to remove paint. Bright brushes can create crisp, clean lines and can be used for blending.
Bristlette - Fan
Fan: Brush fibers are spread out making it useful for subtle blending and for textural effects. A dry brush is often used to create hair, foliage on trees and shrubs, grass and in stiffer brushes is used for scrubbing out color. Fans can also be used to blend out strokes of other brushes.
Bristlette - Filbert
Filbert: Also called a cat's tongue due to the flat, oval edge. Creates a softer edge than a flat or bright, and is used for blending particularly because the bristles stick together well when wet.
Bristlette - Flat
Flat: Longer hairs than a bright, this brush has more flex and a large color carrying capability. Often used on its edge to create crisp lines or on the broad side to cover large areas with paint quickly. Often used as a primary blending brush.
Bristlette - Round
Round: Shorter hair than a liner, rounds come in a wider variety of sizes from very fine to extra large. Smaller sizes are typically used for detail work and larger sizes tend to be used for washes and filling in color. A round brush stroke is tapered and can create lines that are fine to thick. The round has less versatility than the flatter brushes.