Filbert brushes are somewhere between a round and flat brush. The curved tip allows for soft brushwork and blending. Bright brushes are brushes with shorter bristles. They are useful for short, controlled strokes.

What is a filbert bright brush?

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The Filbert paintbrush is a paintbrush used in artwork. It has a thick ferrule and hairs that are, on average, medium to long hairs in the shape of an oval. Filberts are particularly effective in blending work, usually of a figurative nature. Many artists agree that natural fibers work best for filberts because the hairs stick together better when wet.

Hairs that can be used are sable, mongoose, bristle, badger and synthetic.


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The Filbert is what I think of as the classic, multi-functional paintbrush. It comes in all types of bristle and hair, and you can use it to make lots of different marks. As a wide, flat brush you can cover a large area with a Filbert, but thanks to the rounded end you can also blend paint and apply more of a pointed stroke. Therefore unlike with the Flat brush, a small enough Filbert is suitable for doing very detailed work. If the rounded end is less pointed and more dome-like as it is here, it may be called a ‘Domed Filbert’

The unusual name has a charmingly complex origin, deriving from an obscure association with the hazelnut whose shape the Filbert brush is thought to resemble at the tip. It is named after the seventh century French saint called Philibert whose feast day in August coincided with the annual ripening of the hazelnut.

Challenge: Practice on a sheet of paper using a filter bright brush; make many different strokes. The more you practice the better you'll get.

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