One question that I get asked a lot is how to choose the best paintbrushes for painting door hangers or other painted craft projects, so I wanted to share some of my favorites with you. I have gathered quite a collection over the years and definitely have my favorites! (I think Marie Kondo might have a field day in my craft room – ha!)
I recently took my Painter’s Clubhouse members
for a virtual walkthrough at Michael’s craft store for our January Painter’s Club
, and we spent a lot of time looking at the brush section. My biggest recommendation is that I look for brushes with “nylon” bristles, which can narrow down the options. I do have several of my personal favorite brushes listed in my online shop
. So, if the craft store gets too overwhelming, you can order directly from me and have my recommended brushes shipped right to your door!
It’s also important to gather a variety of sizes and shapes. For background colors, you’ll want to use large brushes to cover a lot of area, but for detail work, you will want a variety of smaller shapes and sizes to match your needs. For example, for handlettering, I usually like to use a Filbert-shaped brush.
Here’s an example of choosing the right brush sizes for hand-lettering on a Facebook live video from my Facebook page
. Make sure you follow me there, too, for even more tutorials!