Good tools are half the work.
What do you have to remember when you start painting with decorative / chalk paint? Well, you can’t paint without a brush. You’re probably thinking “what brush do I use?”. Think about what you want to paint and what kind of result you want.
For a larger surface like a wall, use a block brush, you can apply a large amount of paint with this brush and spread it evenly. A used brush can create brush stripes giving everything an old look. This is especially desirable when you want to apply a decorative painting technique. A round brush is ideal for furniture, you can reach al the corners. The surface of the area you want to paint decides the brush size.
A patent brush is when the hairs of the brush come together at one point, this brush is perfect for fine paintwork. You also have tied brushes, the hairs do not open but remain together. Convenient for frames or paintwork.
To apply varnish, use a flat brush, apply the varnish and rub it out. To soften the paintwork and allow colours to flow through each other, like with the glazing effect, the best brush to use is a das brush.
Are there hard places to reach? small brushes are perfect.
The name itself says it all, but stencil brushes are ideal for applying stencils.
Make sure there is no paint residue left between the template and the surface (the wall or the piece of furniture).
Ideally is a large collection of brushes, for each detail and/or for each colour a separate brush. This works the best for me, this way I have control over the paintwork. Need good advice? Just try, you’ll learn whilst you’re painting. It's about getting the feeling in your fingers.
Consider the quality of the brush, nothing is as annoying as a brush that loses its hairs in the paintwork. A high quality brush is an environmentally friendly solution, which is why I never work with disposable brushes. An effective cleaning routine of the brushes is necessary, I often use hot water and lather. After painting, put the brush in the water. Make sure that all the water is out of the brush when you reuse the brush, otherwise the water will dilute the paint. If you want to use the brush later for a second layer, you can wrap it in silver foil, this way it won’t dry out.
Any brush wear can give a special character to the paintwork