When it comes to different Tools for Painting, the Sky is the Limit. Acrylic paint can be swept with a brush, applied with a knife, dabbed or pressed with a sponge, sprayed with an airbrush, and more and more... Wherever your imagination takes you! You actually can use anything you want, any available nonstandard materials. For example, forks, spoons, sticks, toothbrushes, tree leaves - you name it!
Buying tools for painting can be super challenging and exciting at the same time because there are so many different kinds, sizes, shapes and brands out there!
You DON'T need hundreds of different brushes and knives to be a successful artist. The key is to know exactly what you need to implement your plans and ideas, desired styles and techniques.
Here are the most popular tools for acrylic painting:
Painting Brush is your magic wand in the world of painting and it's absolutely essential tool for painting for almost any technique. The more you practice, the better you understand and "feel" your brush. That is why having a right set is very important.
There is a wide range of paint brushes on the market. They vary in types, materials they're made from, sizes etc. Click here to read detailed painting brush guide and find out everything you need to know to make the right choice!
What about mixing paint and to applying thick, textured paint directly on the painting support? For these purposes, palette knives and painting knives are super useful accessories. These are incredible tools to add to your art arsenal!
So what is the difference between the two? Painting knife is a painting tool when palette knife is a color mixing tool, although the names the names are often confused. Click here to learn more about painting and palette knives types, usage and maintenance.
A scraper is a pretty cool and interesting tool that helps you create the texture. It works by scraping the part of the top layer of paint off, opening whatever is underneath and depending on gaps and shape of the scraper, you can create a variety of textures. Thus it's mostly used in abstract painting. You can use so many things from around the house are a scraper, for example, fork or comb, or you buy a variety of ones like Royalco Scrapers.
Sponges are mostly used to create textures and patterns. I love sponges for creating vibrating multicolor backgrounds. You can use a regular sponge or get artistic ones like these Silk Sponges, that will have more texture and are even cheaper than those you have in a kitchen.
Simple yet super effective tool! Mandalas, patterns, ornamental designs, arrows, letters, dots, numbers, flowers, hearts - all of these and much more can easily be painted with a use of a simple stencil. I use stencils pretty often, and really like this set - Hyamass 17pcs Mix Pattern Stencils.
Don't limit yourself
And most importantly - let yourself be creative! Experiment and keep exploring all kinds of tools for painting! Remember, painting skills are not just about talent, but also about fun, passion and LOTS of practice 😉
Make sure to read those articles about painting brush and knives. As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments, and please share - what is the most unusual painting tool you have ever used? I would love to hear from you!