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Another Q about brushes

Post by Willoughby on Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:23 am

I am thinking of getting a brush that's finer than a #1 from LC (7000C series). I see things like:

LC Liner 7350C-0
LC Liner 7350C-18/0
LC Round 7000C-18/0

Does anyone know what the difference is between these and what is recommended?

Is a script liner nice for incredibly fine lines/swirls? I'm still having some trouble getting nice even THIN lines with a #1 (due to the pressure issue - or perhaps it's due to the newbie issue Smile )

Any ideas would be great, thanks so much!

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Re: Another Q about brushes

Post by PaintedFaces on Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:20 am

I'd probably just keep practicing, rather than buying tinier and tinier brushes... You'll soon wind up frustrated that you can't draw a decent length line before you run out of paint on something that small! I have that problem even with a number 1. You will get the hang of the pressure needed, and turning the brush as you lift to get a fine point to the ends of your lines. It's all just practice.


Good luck! Smile
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Re: Another Q about brushes

Post by Valerie A on Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:01 am

As a new person, I too thought it was the brush sunny
But I sure agree with Painted Faces: practice...practice...practice...and suddenly the line work gets better, even with the same ol' brush you had trouble with in the beginning Wink
Might be your paint too....even though I use mostly dfx, I found Wolfe the best for linework.
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Re: Another Q about brushes

Post by martha on Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:55 pm

I love to practice with my script liner. You can get some really nice flowing fine lines. In actual use however, I have never bothered to reach for it. Just use a #2 round.
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Re: Another Q about brushes

Post by Willoughby on Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:32 pm

Thanks for the replies guys! I am using Wolfe, DFX and TAG... I suppose I'll just keep on practising then. I guess I can't expect to be a pro in just a few weeks Razz Patience is not one of my strong points, hehe Very Happy and getting the pressure correct with using just the tip of the brush is such an ordeal when my little one just won't sit still long enough - sigh Wink She's 4 at the moment, perhaps when she's 6 she'll be a little less energetic Very Happy

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Re: Another Q about brushes

Post by PaintedFaces on Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:59 pm

Ah, wiggly clients. That doesn't help. Smile Try practicing your swirls, teardrops and lines on ordinary baking paper. No cleaning, no wiggling. Very Happy
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Re: Another Q about brushes

Post by Misha on Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:15 pm

The longer I paint the larger my brushes get.
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Re: Another Q about brushes

Post by Valerie A on Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:01 pm

Willowby, have you looked over in the "New to Face Painting" section? There are newbie challenges (one was practice with linework) and a Show and Tell. You can add to those threads anytime. It is rather nice having fun with the other newbies because we are all at various stages of learning AND people there have set goals for themselves that are inspiring.
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Re: Another Q about brushes

Post by Kammy on Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:26 am

Willoughby wrote:Thanks for the replies guys! I am using Wolfe, DFX and TAG... I suppose I'll just keep on practising then. I guess I can't expect to be a pro in just a few weeks Razz Patience is not one of my strong points, hehe Very Happy and getting the pressure correct with using just the tip of the brush is such an ordeal when my little one just won't sit still long enough - sigh Wink She's 4 at the moment, perhaps when she's 6 she'll be a little less energetic Very Happy
I can tell you something, though - practising on that wiggle-worm of a 4 year-old will be the best practice you can get. Very Happy When I did my first gig, I was amazed how easy it was to paint on the vast majority of children there, because only one was anywhere near as wriggly as my son.

So...while I might curse (inwardly!) at the time, I should really thank him for all the messing about he does when I'm painting his face. I couldn't BUY training that good! Very Happy
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Re: Another Q about brushes

Post by Kammy on Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:32 am

Misha wrote:The longer I paint the larger my brushes get.
I'm finding that too! Although I'm still very new at this, I'm getting comfortable with more "general purpose" brushes now for finer line work. At first, the only way I could do thin lines was with a teeny-tiny brush, but (as someone said above) I got frustrating having to reload it constantly. Now I tend to use a #2 for fine line work, and it holds a good bit more paint for the same-thickness lines, so it's less vexing to use.

Eventually I'll be using a house decorator's brush for sugar-skull details. Honest. Wink
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Re: Another Q about brushes

Post by ninaschau on Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:31 pm

I agree with the above , a wiggly 4 year old is great practice, and as I paint more, I too use larger brushes. i practice alot on my own arm and leg, you can paint wash, paint wash, and so on, when its just swirls and things you dont need a shape for. I have been painting for years, and only earlier this year added this new medium, and its my favorite
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