(4) Brushes consist of three parts, the bristles or hair, the ferrule, and the handle (fig
NOTE: As you progress, you may find your own preferences for use of each style and
size of brush.
Figure 1-6. Parts and types of brushes
(a) The bristles or hairs of a brush can be red sable, camel's hair, hog hair, or
nylon. Red sable brushes are the most durable and pliant. Camel's hair, hog hair, and nylon
brushes are stiff. stiff brushes are ideal for thick media.
(b) Ferrule - The ferrule is the small tube which holds the form of the bristle and
connects it to the handle. The size of the ferrule will determine the size and shape of a brush.
Most ferrules are seamless metal while others are plastic.
(c) Handle - The handle is the part of the brush you hold when painting. Made
of hardwood or plastic, the handle is marked with the brush size. Handles should provide proper
balance for the brush.