Exquisite Handmade Greetings Cards Produced with the best Brushes

Sep 26


Marky Adams

Marky Adams

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Selecting paint brushes is a fundamental part of crafting beautiful handmade greetings cards regularly, for the public to purchase. This article looks at the different kinds of brushes that are available to artists nowadays and explains how to select the surface you paint onto.

Paint brushes broadly break down into 2 types; more soft brushes (such as nylon and sable) and hard bristles (such as hog). A common guideline is for water-colours,Exquisite Handmade Greetings Cards Produced with the best Brushes  Articles you would use a soft brush and for oils, you would use a hard brush. For acrylics you can use either. However, there are many instances where this rule isn't used - if you want to create a detailed appearance on your greetings cards, then you should use the more suitable brush that you find does that perfectly for you.
The shape is an important attribute of a brush. Rounder paint brushes hold a lot more paint and can be used to create detail and thick sections of colour. Flat brushes are brilliant for laying down flat, even areas or washes. There are strange shapes such as the longer ‘rigger’ brush, which we typically use for finer details and branches, the ‘fan’ brush, which is exceptional for blending colours and creating cloud effects onto your work.
Brushes can be purchased in a series of qualities, the same as those found in paint ranges. A 'top-of-the-range' designer's paint brush will have a long life expectancy and carry more paint than the one designed for student use. It is continuously essential to check whether the brush you would like to use will be affected by the painting medium and consequently affect the condition of your work. Remember acrylic paint can swiftly ruin a brush so you must never let the paint dry out on the bristles. I.e. always clean your brushes when finished painting your greetings cards. Oil paint and turpentine can easily ruin the wrong type of paint brush.
It is always crucial to have a good assortment of brushes both in size and shape. A standard brush set is often a very good way of achieving a good starting point for a larger brush collection.
Picking a Surface for your Greetings cards:
Choosing the right board to paint on can be the making of a good quality painting. You will find that the very best results occur when you select the board that goes well with the paints you are using. For water-colour paints, use paper or board, which can be applied onto a blank card surface. This comes in a range of thcknesses and surface finishes. For detailed work you may want to think about using a hot press (HP) or smooth paper, for general use a ‘Not’ (or cold press) board is ideal. A further option is rough paper or board, which is great for adding texture to your cards. These papers can be purchased in a range of weights from 71lbs to 300lbs - the higher the weight, the bigger the thickness of the paper. On lighter papers such as 72 pounds and 90 pounds, it is important that you stretch your surface before starting work - heavier papers can be either worked onto directly or stretched. Any guide to watercolour will present you with directions on arranging your papers in this way. Water colour papers can be purchased in pad-form or as singular sheets. It is recommended to go for the individual sheets if adhering to thicker board for the perfect greetings card. Water colouring boards are available, and it is in fact a form of paper, which is bonded to a heavy-duty acid-free piece of card. It is best for artists who tend not to wish to stretch their papers. Soft pastel shades are the latest addition to the long list of available surfaces which are suitable for creating watercolour paintings.

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