Tools for Painting – Brushes, Knives, and More

Tools For Acrylic Painting - Brushes, Knives, and more :) Smart Art Materials

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!

Tools For Acrylic Painting - Brushes, Knives, and more :) Smart Art MaterialsBuying 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

Tools For Acrylic Painting - Brushes, Knives, and more :) Smart Art MaterialsPainting 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!

Painting and Palette Knife

Tools For Acrylic Painting - Brushes, Knives, and more :) Smart Art MaterialsWhat 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.


Scraper. Tools For Acrylic Painting - Brushes, Knives, and more :) Smart Art MaterialsA 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. Tools For Acrylic Painting - Brushes, Knives, and more :) Smart Art MaterialsSponges 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.


Stencil. Tools For Acrylic Painting - Brushes, Knives, and more :) Smart Art MaterialsSimple 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

Tools For Acrylic Painting - Brushes, Knives, and more :) Smart Art MaterialsAnd 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!



6 thoughts on “Tools for Painting – Brushes, Knives, and More

  1. ericliboiron says:

    Hello Olga!

    Your website, like you, is perfect. Your art is beautiful, you are extremely talented. I love your articles, and how passionate you are about everything art related. I’m an amateur artist and your site is a great find for me! Thanks for ideas and explanations about tools for painting and acrylic paint. Keep up with great work, I would love to read and learn more! 

    • Olga says:

      Hi Eric, thank you so much for compliments and for such a great feedback! It inspires me to write and create more and more! Thank you! I will definitely be posting more 🙂

  2. Erick says:

    Yes I love art, and for me painting has been my fuerte. This sounds like a really fun experience to do when ever I had the chance to express my creativity on a canvas. I’m pretty sure that I might be a bit overwhelm by some of the tools for painting but I’m open for the challenge. How did you do that email art design thing at the bottom of the page ? I like it.

    • Olga says:

      Hi Erick! Yes, I know that that variety of painting supplies is overwhelming. It this was one of the main reason for this website creation – I wanted to help people figure all these materials out 🙂

      Yes, I did design the subscribe button, feel free to use it haha! 

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