New Series: Episode #1
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.
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!
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 -
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.
This is one of the last techniques that I show you in the video.