Our brush selection reflects the fact that Muse is staffed by artists who paint. We’ve selected varieties, shapes, and sizes of brushes that we know will meet the needs of artists working in many styles, techniques, and media. Although we recommend superior quality brushes for responsiveness, control, and longevity, we also offer good quality economy-priced brushes for a range of projects and needs.
PRIMARILY FOR OILS + ACRYLICS:
Soft synthetic bristles for thinner applications of paint. Long lasting and easy to clean.
Soft natural hairs carry lots of paint and apply thin layers delicately for glazing and fine details.
These brushes hit the ideal point between stiffness and softness, making them very versatile for a wide range of paints and techniques. Great for medium-to-fine details and for control when painting edges and tight corners.
Stiff synthetic bristles to move heavy paints. Flagged ends simulate the splits in natural bristles to enable soft blends and smooth layers. These brushes pick up and spread a lot of paint!
Very durable brushes that hold their shape and provide just the right spring to provide control when applying and layering paint, thin or thick.
A blend of quality long-lasting hog bristles that are slightly stiffer than traditional white bristles for thicker paints and a heavier touch.
A stiff synthetic bristle to move heavier, stiffer paints and mediums. Exceptional for work in scales that require spreading more paint over larger areas.
Very stiff synthetic bristles for heavy applications of paint. The best choice for thick impasto techniques, stiff paints, mediums, and gels.
Broad brushes with densely-packed bristles with exceptional “bounce” to lay down large amounts of paints, mediums, or grounds in even layers with minimal “beading” along the edges of strokes. Ideal for priming canvases and panels, or for applying layers of gels and mediums.
PRIMARILY FOR WATERCOLORS + INKS:
(Also see information about brushes for Asian Brush Painting and Calligraphy on our Sumi page.)
These synthetic brushes will hold high loads of paint, come to a tight point when wet, and spring back into shape as they are turned, pushed, and pulled – all the qualities desired in the natural sable brush, but at a much lower price.
The same filaments in Princeton’s Synthetic Sable brushes, but in small-to-tiny sizes for painting fine details.
Kolinsky Sable provides almost magical control and responsiveness, taking shape as you push, pull, and turn your brush for the broadest stroke, the finest line, or the tightest curve. U.S. company Trekell makes an excellent brush with lots of “snap” at half the price of most other Kolinsky Sables!
Our favorite brush for inking, illlustration and comics. Excellent for linework because they hold a lot of ink to keep going and going without reloading. Raphael out-performs other popular brands by far in responsiveness, shape retention, and durability.
These hardy synthetic brushes are slightly stiffer than other synthetic brushes for watercolors, so they hold their shape and provide many years of use, even when painting on rough surfaces.
One of the thirstiest, most responsive brushes you’ll ever paint with. You’ll be amazed at the amount of paint they hold and the sensitivity with which they follow your hand – as though they can read your artistic mind! Unusual shapes and sizes like long rounds, angled points, and two-level beveled wash brushes.
These soft-as-squirrel synthetic filaments have tiny waves to create capillary action that pulls up an amazing amount of paint, so you can keep painting without dipping back into your pallette.
A blend of natural squirrel and soft synthetic filaments in daggers, cat’s tongues, and riggers. Excellent flow and control for wide range of techniques and effects.
CRAFT + ECONOMY:
Inexpensive, versatile, and durable brushes for crafts, fine art, and projects of all kinds.
Very economically priced brushes that perform well for many applications. A variety of unusual shapes as well as very large sizes.
Economical brush sets give you several brushes for the price of one or two higher-end brushes. A good choice for getting started, short-term projects, or adding a few brushes to your tool kit that you can use without quite as much care
PALETTES, KNIVES, BRUSH CLEANERS:
RGM Painting and Palette Knives:
High quality Italian-made RGM knives come in many shapes for applying paints and mixing them on the palette. They’re made of seamless, rust-proof tempered carbon steel for flexibilty, strength, and longevity.
Brush Cleaners and Soaps:
It is not as difficult or tedious to take good care of brushes as many people think. It is also very possible to revive brushes that have become hardened with paint. Ask us for some tips on brush care and our favorite brush cleaners for various brushes and paints. Quality brushes can open up a world of control over techniques and effects. Brush care is easy – don’t make it an excuse for denying yourself the experience of a helpful tool that will last a lifetime!