Brushes for portrait painting

I destinct the brushes I use for which surface I’m painting on. I use very specific brands because over the years I’ve learned that paying for the best quality realy pays of. On top of this fact I always tell myself, that if I know that my bruses are of the best quality, I simply can’t blame them for whatever errors that I make during a session. Whatever type of brush varies from every individual. I used to think that every brush had a specifik purpose on a surface – and of course they have, but I learned that the at least 50 percent of the expression is how you wield the brush and the amount of paint thats on the brush, and not to forget how much experience you have on the specifik type of brush. I’ve tried different brands and types of brushes over the time. But after 5 years of different types I’ve come down to the ones described underneath.

Nylon brushes

I use nylon brushes for portrait painting solely on gessoboards from Ampersand. These brushes are extremely soft but are still able to wield a good amount of paint if needed. They are my test brushes, for when i’m researching colors, my palette or sketching a subject. But most recently these sketches have become the ones that i carry with me on fairs. The nylon brushes combined with the gesso boars requires way less paint, and thats also a reason why I do studies with these. They are simply more economic for me.


I only use Trekell nylon brushes. They simply stay in shape for such an amazingly long time. The quality is on top. There’s not much more to say. I’ve tried Da vinci brushes, which are also good, but the Trekells are just better .

Bristle brushes

I use bristle brushes soley on canvas backgrounds or boards with a primed canvas surface. The bristle brushes can wield a big amount of paint and this feature combined with the rugged surface of the canvas are good together. The bristle brush simply swoops up your palette very fast, so you have to make sure that you have sufficient paint. It has happened many times for me that I simply ran out of paint. Because of this neat ability you can realy make brush strokes with a lot of effect. I mainly use filberts and rounds when I use bristle brushes. Lately i’ve started using rounds more and more. Rounds can change form and shape however you wan’t it. It’s just a matter of how hard or soft your press on the canvas with the brushes.


I only use Rosemarys bristle brushes for portrait painting on canvases. As stated with the nylon brushes they  stay in shape for such an amazingly long time even though they are natural product. The quality is on top. 


Bristle brushes from Rosemary and Co:

Nylon brushes from Trekell:

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