Your Guide to Brushes – New Signet Brushes at Keeton’s!

By Nicole Tinkham


Have you noticed our new Signet brush display in our retail store? The Signet series is part of the Robert Simmons brush collection by Daler Rowney. The collection contains 8 series, all with different styles and uses. The Signet series consists of high quality Chungking bristle brushes ideal for oils and heavy body acrylics. Chungking brushes are flagged or forked at the tip which makes the bristles strong. The interlocking bristles are able to carry large amounts of paint over coarse surfaces like canvas and wood. Interested in these new brushes? Great! Let’s explore the different shape and size options available.

Brush Shapes

Flat: These brushes have a clean, straight edge ideal for applying color evenly. Use them for blending and strong strokes. (Sizes 1 to 12)


Bright: These brushes are very similar to the flat brush in that they have a clean, straight edge. The difference is the shorter bristles (about the same length as its width), which produces short strokes. They are perfect for blending heavy-bodied color. (Sizes: 1 to 12)


Round: These are classic brushes used for just about any painting subject. Large rounds are great for laying down color while small rounds are ideal for details. (Sizes: 2/0, 0, 1 to 12)


Filbert: The filbert brush is a combination of both flat and round brushes with almond shaped bristles. These are often used for rounded edges, blending, and decorative strokes. (Sizes: 1 to 12)


Egbert: An egbert brush is like a filbert but has longer bristles allowing it to hold more color. Like a flat is to a bright, the egbert is to a filbert. (Sizes: 2, 4, 6, 8)


Fan Blender: These fan shaped brushes are great for blending and creating textures. (Sizes: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12)


Broad: These produce a big and wide stroke ideal for large canvases and murals. (Sizes: 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24)


Choosing a Size

You will notice that there are a variety of sizes that go along with each brush shape. Sizes are indicated on the brush by a number which is based on the width of the brush at the ferrule (metal piece that holds bristles in place). When choosing a size, think about the size of your painting. For example, a brush that’s 2” wide is designed for a canvas that’s 2 or 3 feet in either direction. A smaller canvas would require a smaller brush size.

When choosing a brush, concentrate on what’s comfortable for you. Some artists use a round brush for everything while others prefer a variety of shapes and sizes. When starting out, try a little of everything. You should definitely have a round brush along with a few other shapes as well. With time, you’ll recognize what you do and don’t like in a brush which will make shopping for them much easier! This blog focuses on the new Signet brushes available at Keeton’s, but there are many more types, brands, shapes, and sizes available. For more information on brushes, stop in and let one of our art experts guide you to the perfect brush for you!

Brush Care

Once you find that perfect brush, it’s important to take proper care of it to ensure a long and happy life. Luckily, we have a blog post dedicated to brush care! Check it out here!

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