Paint Brushes & Acrylic Paint

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My students asked me to recommend some paint brushes. Like the ones I use in my studio for acrylic painting with the lathe running. Brushes that are not kids junk. Reasonably good quality, not to expensive.

I ONLY use round brushes. Square brushes have sharp edges that cause trouble.

In my studio I use Loew-Cornell band brushes that are no longer easily available in the US. They were made in Sri Lanka. I purchased a life time supply cheap when my local art store was closing them out.

For most things I use a ROUND Loew-Cornell #8 797R-8. It is a round 3/8" diameter by 1" long white nylon bristle brush. I also use a smaller Loew-Cornell #6 7040-6. It is round 1/8" diameter by 3/4" long golden taklon bristle brush.

BEWARE! There is NO standard for brush sizes. An ABC brand #8 brush is NOT the same size as XYZ brand #8 brush. Thus you should look at the brush diameter and length.

Note: The 10/8/2021 prices in this blog entry are probably higher than what you would like due to Covid-19 Pandemic supply chain issues.

Photo: Buy Local (uncle_sam_buy_local) Buy Local

I recommend purchasing things from your local arts store. Get brushes similar to the ones I recommend here.

When I can not find things locally I like "Blick Art Materials" on the web at . They stock a ton of stuff. Blick is always running a "Free Shipping On Orders of $45 or More" offer if and ONLY IF you enter the promo code when you check out!

Paint Brushes

Updated: 3/17/2022. Change bars in Blue on left.

Photo: Round Brush Set 2 (blick_round_brush_set2) New Round Brush Set

I recently purchased some “Block Essential Brown Nylon Value Brushes”. NOT the set shown here. But, similar. I decided to change my recommendation here. Because this set is a lot cheaper than the one below.

I recommend Blick brand "Blick Essentials Value Brush Set – Round Brushes, Brown Nylon, Set of 12", Item #:06280-1149, $20 on 3/17/22.

Print out the Blick brush info and you should be able to find similar brushes at your local art supply store.

Photo: Round Brush Set (blick_round_brush_set) Old Round Brush Set

Updated: 3/17/22: I still like this set. But, it is more expensive then the above set. I would probably go with the above set.

I looked around on the web and at Blick. I decided to recommend Blick brand "Blick Academic White Synthetic Brush Set – Round, Set of 6", Item #:05368-0069, $38 on 10/8/2021. $38 is not cheap. But, $7 ($38 / 6 = $7) per brush is about the right price for a good brush.

I DO NOT own this set of brushes. I have a life time supply of Loew-Cornell brushes that I purchased cheap when my local art store was closing them out.

You could make due with a size #16 brush (3/8" diameter) and a size #8 (1/8" diameter) brush. But, this would cost you $18 + $7 = $25. $18 is to much for a #16 brush. It is only $7 if you get the set. The set has some smaller size brushes that may be of use. The set is sizes #2, #4, #6, #8, #12, and #16.

Print out the Blick brush info and you should be able to find similar brushes at your local art supply store.

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Any cheap paint tray will do. I like to use a round one. I NEVER wash it out. I just wipe out any excess paint with a paper towel. Click on the Blick shopping cart photo at the top for purchase info.

I don't like the flimsy plastic lids they sell for paint trays. They don't allow you to save the paint for more than a day. It dries out to fast. I just use a piece of 1/4" plywood with a whole in the middle. See photo. It will save the paint for a few hours.

Acrylic Paints

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I like to use the "Golden" brand of acrylic paints. "Liquitex" is also a good brand. Go with what your local art store stocks. I have a big set of Golden paints. There is no going back for me!

The “Golden” brand of acrylic paints are favored by many professional turners because they are very color fast (the colors do not fade). When you are showing work in galleries and selling it you don’t want to have to replace it due to cheap paint. However, the “Golden” brand of paints is reasonably priced. So, why use anything else?

Photo: Golden Fluid Acrylics (blick_golden_fluid_acrylic) Golden Fluid Acrylics

I use 1 oz bottles of "Golden" brand "Fluid Acrylics". The colors I use most are "Carbon Black" and "Iridescent Bright Gold".

I do NOT like the colors in the Fluid Acrylic sets put together by Golden. They are NOT my favorite vibrant shades. If you want to put together your own set I would recommend 1 oz bottles of the following colors: Diarylide Yellow, Pyrrole Red, Quinacridone Magenta, Cerulean Blue Chromium, Phthalo Green (Yellow Shade), Green Gold, Titanium White, Iridescent Pearl (Fine), Iridescent Bright Gold (Fine) and Carbon Black.

I always add Golden brand “GAC 100 Medium” to my Golden Fluid Acrylic paint. To "increase flexibility and film integrity". It makes the paint work better on wood that moves with the seasons. I add 20 to 30% by eye. You will need an 8oz bottle of GAC 100. Click on the Blick shopping cart photo at the top for purchase info.

When the diameter of what I am painting exceeds a couple of inches I add Golden brand “Airbrush Medium” to thin the paint. When you apply the paint with the lathe running, you want it to go all the way around in one shot. No streaks or bare spots. You often need to thin the paint a little to make this happen. You will need an 8oz bottle of Airbrush Medium. Click on the Blick shopping cart photo at the top for purchase info.

Note: I do NOT use the new "Golden High Flow Acrylic Paints". There is nothing wrong with them. I just like the good old "Golden Fluid Acrylics" that I known and love. The new "High Flow Acrylics" are thinner. They are like ink and can be used in a airbrush.

Photo: Black Magic Marker (blick_montana_marker) Black Magic Marker

I use a black magic marker to paint the edges of my plates and shallow bowls. I like to use a "Shock Black" color "Montana" brand "Acrylic Marker" with a 15mm wide tip.

Or, you can use a Sharpie brand marker from local store.

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You should also check out my "Painting On The Lathe For Dummies" blog entry for more Golden brand acrylic paints info.

One thought on “Paint Brushes & Acrylic Paint”

  1. Hi Carl…to keep my acrylic paint viable I keep a roll of Saran Wrap handy….I cover the pallet quickly and
    easily and press the wrap on to the paint…works well for me…Best wishes Peter

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