New Series: Episode #1

How to use a
Flat Paint Brush

This is first in a series of painting tips and techniques I’m going to share with you through my blog posts and videos! 
Most people starting out with painting for the first time struggle to know which paint brush is best to use for any certain technique. That’s exactly why I created this series!

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The first brush we are going to talk about is the flat brush. In my examples I’m using a 1 inch flat brush. This brush is awesome for backgrounds, simple evergreen trees and a dry brushing technique! I’m going to show you a few examples of each below as we learn how to use a flat paint brush.

- Let's Talk About Backgrounds First -

This 1 inch flat brush is what I use for most of my backgrounds! I have three simple background techniques that even a beginner can learn!

The first one is just simple blending, back-and-forth horizontal brush strokes that you continue across the canvas.  The key here is to make sure that you have enough paint and your brush so that it blends easily. This is great for sunsets as well as the ocean painting that I have below!  I’ve used this technique on more paintings than I can count! 

The next background is very similar except we are going to do it in a circular motion instead of horizontal brush strokes. The trick to getting skies to turn out like this is to use large arm movements. You can see me demonstrate how to use a flat paint brush for this technique in the video below. 

You want to have plenty of paint again and when you are blending between different colors you want to get a little of each color so that you don’t end up with a sky that looks like a bull’s-eye.

When getting a little of each color on your brush it softens the lines between the two colors.

And last but not least is my abstract background. This is actually one of my favorites because it’s messy and free! If you follow me you can tell that that is definitely my style of painting!

This background looks awesome for skies as well as still life paintings like flower vases.

It’s so versatile and you can use it in so many different ways. I typically get 2 to 3 colors of paint on my brush and make a quick random movements back-and-forth. You can also see me demonstrate this on my YouTube video below.

- More Flat Paint Brush Techniques -

Those are some of my favorite backgrounds but let’s talk about a few other things you can do with a flat brush this is by far one of the easiest ways to make some quick trees especially if you are doing a silhouette! 
Check out the video to see how simple these trees are.  You can take these to the next level if you were doing a winter scene and add snow over top of the existing darker brushstrokes. And important thing to notice is that the brushstrokes stay horizontal. They do not have an angle to them. You just extend the brushstrokes out further as you move towards the base of the tree. 

Finally, is a technique that I use on a lot of my wood pallet signs and just to give a rough texture to canvases. It is called Dry Brushing.

You get very little paint on your brush and quickly and lightly go over your canvas so that it picks up the texture behind.

This is one of the last techniques that I show you in the video.

There is a ton of valuable information inside this quick video and I hope it gets you on your start to painting!  Whether you never painted before or you’re just perfecting  your technique you can find lots of tips and tricks here!  
Want to learn more? Grab my free tutorial here and stay tuned for more information as I open the doors to my membership on September 15!  The membership is where you can really take your painting to the next level! I teach you three full paintings per month as well as featuring a guest artist or speaker. In addition to that you have over 40 videos to choose from in my video library as well as an awesome community of like-minded women who are on the same journey as you!
Stay tuned over the next few weeks because I will be releasing a video per week featuring a new brush and all the techniques you can use them for! Stay creative!!  replica watch report fake rolex buy parfum cartier replica rolex replicas under 100

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