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Paintshop: Artist Brushes 101

Artist brushes have been an important part of my painting career since serving as an apprentice. On nearly every interior project, I saw a journeyman painter using them. Favorites were long, thin-handle and fine-bristle brushes to perform precision application tasks.




  1. To coat the smallest of spots
  2. To paint pencil-fine lines
  3. To edge decorative finished areas
  4. To maneuver paint around sharp curves, odd shapes
  5. To reach into very visible corners
  6. To add very narrow borders, or accent lines in murals
  7. To outline or “in-line” letters, numbers, symbols, etc.
  8. To detail borders, dado, furniture, fixtures, mirror frames, etc.


Their usefulness and effectiveness are unlimited. And on a regular basis, an artist brush in hand has made precision craftsmanship very achievable. Even lucrative.




  1. Fitch Brush – flat, Sable bristles. Example: No. 4 ($12.46,*).
  2. Bright Brush – flat, square tips. Example: No. 8. Uses: Fill in open area, shading.
  3. Angular Tip Brush – 5/8. Uses: Cut in lines, make contour strokes.
  4. Round Brush – No. 3X0 ($8.96*). Uses: Fine detailing; No. 4 ($13.34*). Uses: Fill in narrow areas
  5. Linear Brush – No. 4 (long, thin). Uses: Produe fine lines, edging
  6. Filbert Brush – flat, round bristles/ferrule. No. 2 ($12.06*). Uses: Painting florals, plants.
  7. Fan Brush – No. 2 ($20.85*). Uses: Create irregular texture effects, also paint vegetation.
  8. Polishing Mop – Bushy, full, stout handle. Uses:




  1. Watercolor Brush – Nos. 0-12. Uses: Touch up, match grain pattern of figures.
  2. Micro mini detail – Creative Mark, set/12/20/0-10/0 ($25/00*). Features: Easy-to-hold handles, synthetic. Uses: Tight spots, small details; spotter, angular shader.
  3. Spalter – Chungking bristle hair, set/3, 1-3 inch flat ($11.99*). Features: Bigger scales, softer bristles. Uses: Blending paint with thin oils/acrylics.
  4. Grumbacher Degas or Gainsborough oil and acrylic – No. 1-12 ($3.79-$14.99*). Features: Flat, Round, Fan, Brush, Filbert.
  5. Mural Brushes – Creative Mark. Golden flat, round, Filbert; White round, flat, Filbert. Nos. 30, 40, 50 ($6.99-$19.99*). Uses: Large scale painting; excellent for acrylics, watercolors, traditional waters and mixable oils.
  6. Grumbacher Fine Hog Bristles – Sizes 1-12; Series 760B-Bright, 760F-Flat 760R-Round, 760Filbert, 760N-Fan. ($2.09-$5.59 *). Features: Strong, durable, manipulative; heavy point; unique taper bristles interlock/maintain shape; easy control placement of color.
  7. Bob Rankin’s Big Bad Brush – 3-inch. ($15.00*). Chungking Hog bristles, flagged ends, seamless brass ferrule. Features: Ends Holds lot of paint, grips color, distributes evenly/quickly. Uses: Blending, wash techniques; robust design allows exerting pressure on strokes; perfect bounce-back/performance.
  8. Bargain Seconds Bristle Set/12 – Creative Mark. ($7.41*). Features: Variety of hairs: pony, ox, camel, bristle.
  9. Wipe-off Tool – ($6.49*). Varnished wood handle, 2 brass ferrules; tips: soft rubber/both sides: chisel, fine point. Uses: Wipe off excess paint quickly/accurately. All media.




  1. Colorwashing Brush – China bristle, nylon/polyester, or Badger. Uses: Work paint and paint glaze combinations onto base coat to achieve “looking-through” effect.
  2. Flogger/Whacking Tools – Long bristle brush, dust mop, car mop, tire brush. Features: Floggers – Absorbent like dense brushes, mops, dusters, car mop. Features: Can apply or suck up glaze. Whackers – Non-absorbent like plastic brushes, tire brushes, toilet/tub cleaning brushes. Uses: Woodgraining; removing parts of wet glaze from surface; creating large-scale texture.
  3. Dragging – Long bristle brush (eg. wallpaper), large comb, rubber window squeegee, driveway surfacing broom. Uses: Emulate striped fabrics; create fine-texture finish, fine lines.
  4. Stippling Brush – Bristles usually larger, mid-length. Uses: Create fine texture of dots, by dabbing repeatedly over surface; create smooth impression from distance, texture close; create “fade-away” appearance. Alternative: Stainer brush. Features: long, dense, flexible bristles.
  5. Sable Short-Handle – Escoda Versatil Synthetic. Sizes 2-22. ($8.00-$57.39*). Features: Exceptional snap; Spring-like Kolinsky hair, perfect point keeps shape; incredible fluid retention; superb absorption; affordable replacement to Kolinsky.


By the way, the area may determine the type and number, or size, of the artist brush that you need. Your level of skills and abilities with standard paintbrushes will, more likely, determine which, if any, artist brushes you actually use.


In the right hands, a two-inch Purdy or Wooster Trim Brush can work artistic magic. It can paint pencil-thin lines…add pin dots for effect… cut in razor-sharp corners…highlight and detail an artist’s signature.


FOOTNOTE: Artist brushes are different than decorative finishing brushes. Some artist brushes are used in applying, then detailing, certain decorative finishes.


See: Paintshop: Decorative Painting Brushes and Tools 101



An artist’s hand is often more valuable than an artist’s eye.


Thanks for stopping by “Painting with Bob.”

Copyright 2017. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

Painting Gardens, Rest Areas and Walking Trails – Part II

In Part 1, I offered a few tips for finishing and maintaining five areas on hotel property: decks; roofs, covers, overhangs; rails and fences; seating; and tables. Those tips were based on personal experience.


Tips for finishing and maintaining areas 6 through 12 are offered here.




Note: With many hotel properties, substrate, electrical and mechanical repairs and maintenance of these areas are handled by a specialist. An engineering technician. Or, an outside contractor.


A. Repairs and maintenance: Fill all cracks in concrete.

B. Prepping: Scrape loose paint. Or, sandblast to remove all of the paint from surfaces

C. Painting and coating: Apply two coats by brush and roller. Use roller cover at least ¾ inch diameter.

D. Products, supplies, tools, equipment: Paint – Urethane or epoxy formulated for concrete; Brushes – China bristle; Roller covers – Synthetic fiber.

E. Challenge:
Finding time in humid air conditions, when surface is completely dry – and paintable!


7. GROUND BORDERS: WOOD, BRICK, STONE, CONCRETE – Caution: Watch your step/stumbling/where kneeling. Avoid creepy crawlers.


A. Repairs and maintenance: Replace all broken, chipped, sharp pieces/areas.

B. Prepping: Pressure clean non-painted surfaces.

C. Painting and finishing: Wood timbers can be finished with exterior stain, or oil-based products to resist moisture and sun. Brush and roller techniques are recommended, for best coverage and neat job.

D. Products, supplies, tools, equipment: Masonry patching compound; alkyd enamel, semi-transparent or solid color exterior stain, acrylic latex stain.

E. Challenge: Produce a surface finish which stays cleaner longer, and always looks great!


8. FLOWER and PLANT BOXES – Caution: Wildlife, creepy crawlers.


A. Repairs and maintenance: Tightly fasten boxes.

B. Prepping: Line boxes with plastic, or asphalt paper. Often store-purchased boxes are sold with lining.

C. Painting and finishing: Prime bare wood, finish paint with moisture and sun resistant paint; or apply multiple coats of exterior stain, then finish coat with urethane or Spar varnish.

D. Products, supplies, tools, equipment: Solid oil stain or alkyd enamel. Spray can application works!

E. Challenge: Make certain squared/sharp corners, adornments, etc. are (1) smooth to touch and (2) clear of human traffic pattern.




Reminder: Our bird and animal friends rely on us to look out for them, and respect their needs.

Note: Generally, paint products are not recommended for bird and animal feeders.


A. Repairs and maintenance: Replace feeders that have surface cracks, chips, breaks, etc. Tightly affix to posts, frames, or extensions.

B. Prepping: Carefully clean surfaces with gentle soap and water. Please, no abrasives or chemicals.

C. Painting and finishing: Exterior stain works well on wood parts.

D. Products, supplies, tools, equipment: Exterior stain on wood parts. Avoid paint.

E. Challenge: To apply stain/finish, remove feeders from bird/animal use area. If possible.




Note: Most hotel and lodging exterior furniture is constructed of plastic, and/or is vinyl or powder coated.


A. Repairs and maintenance: Remove and replace furniture that has worn, frayed, sharp, loose parts, components, and areas. Regularly, check all pieces for stability. You do not want a chair to collapse, with a guest in it. You do not want a table to tip over or collapse because of too much weight, or a weak spot.

General cleaning: Scrub with soap and water. Rinse thoroughly. Mold/mildew removal: Wash down area with gentle bleach and water solution, or a biodegradable product. Rinse very thoroughly.

B. Challenge: Keeping on top of build-ups: mold, mildew, dust, dirt, food/beverage spills, body residue.



11. LIGHT FIXTURES, SYSTEMS, POSTS – CAUTION: HOT ZONE! – Power lines, cables, etc.


A. Repairs and maintenance: Any electrical work should be left to staff, or outside, electricians.

B. Prepping: Clean surface; sand, if necessary, to remove loose debris. Prime bare areas with suitable primer, either for concrete or metal.

C. Painting/finishing: Prime bare areas with suitable primer (wood, metal, concrete) to remove debris.

D. Products, supplies, tools, equipment: Concrete surfaces – Acrylic latex products; meta; – oil-based. Tools – Brushes and rollers. Equipment – Manlift needed to access and work safely in area.

E. Challenge: Safely accessing and working on high and/or hard to reach areas.



12. SIGNAGE – Caution: Any power sources/lines involved?


Note: Read “The Art of Sign Painting” blog, posted August, 2015, for commercial sign painting tips.


A. Repairs and maintenance: If the base is cracked, replace the sign material. Carefully, wash surface with a detergent and water solution. Brush gently to remove all accumulated dust, residue, grit, etc.

B. Prepping: Remove all old, cracked letters, numbers, graphics, etc. Remove any left-over fasteners that may have been used to affix components to sign base. Sand entire surface smooth.

C. Painting and finishing: Paint base of sign with exterior oil-based product. Apply stencils. Affix new or repaired graphics, logos, etc. Brush in letters, numbers; borders and edgings for affixed components.

D. Products, supplies, tools, equipment: Products – Commercial lettering oil paint, clear coat to help keep dirt and residue off letters, numbers, affixed pieces. Brushes – Assorted artist brushes. Stencils. Tools – Electric sander.

E. Challenge: Keeping signage clean from exposure to wide variety of contaminants – environmental and man-made. Preventing or minimizing damage, wear, rotting, etc.




Note: Many hotels, resorts and convention centers feature garden and rest areas that are fully enclosed.

Amenable for use 24 hours a day, and year round. These amenities are climate-controlled, especially regulated to protect and preserve the flora and fauna.

Challenge: Care and maintenance of the many types of surfaces in a regular and timely manner. Requires painter to possess a diverse of knowledge of atrium/under-roof construction and configuration, surfaces and areas, and both existing and potential environmental conditions, Painter needs standard and special knowledge and abilities, related to surface/area treatments, products, supplies, tools and equipment.


Maintaining and repainting and refinishing these areas tends to involve more work, time and money than budgeted for them by management. Do your best to keep these special areas in great shape.


In the short-run, your guests, visitors and co-workers will love you for it. In the long-run, your supervisor, hotel managers, and property owners will appreciate your efforts.


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Any quiet space is a soft place for any soul to sit and simply be!   rdh

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Many thanks for your great emails, snail’s mail, and calls. And, thanks for visiting “Painting with Bob.”


Copyright 2015. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.


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