A recommended basic assortment of beginning brushes can include:
1) GLAZE BRUSH - Fan Glaze brush made of goat hair
2) SQUARE SHADER -sizes #4 & #8
3) ROUND BRUSH - sizes #6 & #8
4) LINER BRUSH -sizes #10/0, #2
Add sizes of shaders and rounds to your brush collection over time.
Double-load is the term that applies to loading your brush with more than one colour. The load can be increased to three or four colours.
Most ceramic brushes have of four parts--
1) TIP - the very end of the brush hairs
2) RESERVOIR -the hairs that hold a reserve of color
3) FERRULE- the metal part
4) HANDLE -usuall made of wood, acrylic,or bamboo
The tip and reservoir are probably the most important parts of any brush, but the handle should be evenly weighted to achieve a well balanced brush stroke.
Brushes: Some lovely effects can be made with home made brushes.
They are best made with hair that has never been cut, be it human or animal, and bamboo is the easiest handle to work with.
It is a simple matter of gluing the hair together inside the bamboo, then twist wiring the outside to get a very tight fit.
Never let your brushes stand in water or other cleaner even if you are going to use them right away. This will tend to bend the bristles and may cause them to stay that way permanently.
When cleaning your brushes, never push the bristles against the bottom of the container that holds the cleaner. The bristles could be cut off when you bend them back over the metal ferruel.
The trick to most brush strokes is holding the brush correctly. It is best not to hold it like a pencil but rather between the thumb and forefinger.
A cheap brush will produce cheap results.