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When choosing art brushes for a classroom or studio, it's important to consider aspects such as bristle shape and type and intended applications. Staples offers an extensive variety of brush options, including high-quality natural bristles for serious painting projects, multi-use brushes for various applications and fun foam brushes that let kids get creative.

Which Art Brush Bristles Fit Your Needs?
Bristle type may be the most important element of your paint brush decision. Consider natural hair bristles such as hog hair, camel hair, goat hair, squirrel, sable or pony hair. Depending on the type of project the brushes are for, synthetic filaments, such as satin and nylon, may be ideal.

Brushes are often manufactured for specific effects based on the consistency of the bristles. For example, softer bristles are preferable for blending and soft effects, while synthetic or firmer bristles help create textural effects and leave more marks behind. Oil paints require thick bristles because the paint is so dense, while watercolor applications require the fluidity supported by a softer brush.

Choose A Fitting Ferrule and Handle Material
A high-quality, long-lasting ferrule is important for the longevity of your paintbrush. This component holds the bristles together and is responsible for ensuring they do not escape while painting.

Ferrules may be nickel-plated, gold-plated, aluminum or composed of another type of material. If you will be painting for long periods, the composition of the handle can affect comfort and ease of use. Choose among handle materials that include wood or acrylic. The size of a paintbrush is often shown on the handle and is the thickness of the section where the ferrule meets the handle.

Pick the Right Bristle Width
If the brush is for a specific type of paint, choose a tool designed for that type of application, whether it be watercolor, gouache, oils or acrylics. The width of the bristles can make a world of difference to the finished product. Pick a fan brush for highlights, blending and natural details. Flat bristles are ideal for sweeping strokes. Wide bristles allow for smooth and quick painting. Fine-tipped art brushes are perfect for making minute details. Multi-packs may include selections of various bristle widths.

Choose Among Fun Crafting Tools for Kids and Projects
For crafting and school projects, a multipurpose set of brushes is the perfect choice. These multi-use tools are ideal for school glue, poster paints, watercolors and tempera acrylic paints. Kids may love using foam brushes that let the painter stamp, splatter and swirl the paint creatively.

Another fun option is floppy foam brushes that allow kids to create art by dabbing and dipping the brush in an exploratory way. Plastic-handled brushes are ideal for casual use. Children may also enjoy using foam rollers to complete their painting project. Keep in mind that when equipping supplies for an easel, long-handed easel brushes allow the artist to work flexibly.

With a variety of painting tools for all ages, Staples stocks the accessories you need to prep for any type of fun or serious art project.
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Chenille Kraft Wood Handled Brush, 24/Pack (CK-5172)
Item: 912945 / Model : CK-5172
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  • Made of hog bristles for a long lasting usage
  • Dimensions: 12.4" x 8.1" x 0.4"
  • Includes 12 flat and 12 round brushes
13.49 $13.49
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Chenille Craft® Starter Brush Set (CK-5180)
Item: 848669 / Model : CK-5180
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  • For ages 4 - 6
  • Also includes tapered round tip art brushes and black bristle round art brushes
  • Includes flat top art sponges, wedge tip sponges, 1" painters, flat tip brushes, round brushes, art brushes and flat angle tip art brushes
27.39 $27.39
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Design Originals Good Vibes Coloring Book, Softcover, Adult Coloring Book
Item: 2075527 / Model : DO-5530
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  • 2016
  • Thaneeya McArdle
  • 72 pages in softcover format
9.89 $9.89
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Crayola Big Paintbrush Set Flat 4PK. (BIN053520) Sold as a set of 4 packs, each pack has 4 for a total of 16 paintbrushes.
Item: 23976862 / Model : BIN053520
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  • Paintbrushes
  • 10.13"L x 3.75" W x0.63H
  • Good for watercolor and other childrens art and crafts.
14.29 $14.29
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Chronicle Books "Enchanted Forest Coloring Book," Softcover, Adult Coloring Book
Item: 2075362 / Model : CH-67488
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  • Year of Publication: 2015
  • Johanna Basford
  • 84 pages in softcover format
14.69 $14.69
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Kaisercraft Perfect Bound Free Spirit Coloring Book, Softcover
Item: 2075338 / Model : CL502
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  • 42 pages in softcover format
  • 978-1-925405-02-6
  • 10 x 10 x 9
15.19 $15.19
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Binney & Smith Crayola® Watercolor Brush, #10, 15/16", 12/Pk
Item: 823926 / Model : 05-1127-010
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  • Quality camel hair brush for use with watercolor paint
  • Plastic handle
  • Recommended for ages 9 and up
4.29 $4.29
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Melissa & Doug Large Paint Brush Set, 4/Pack (4117)
Item: 687947 / Model : 4117
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  • Large paint brush set for school and hobby art projects
  • Easy-to-grasp and colorful brush handles look attractive for children
  • Easy to clean and maintain
7.19 $7.19
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Plastic Handle Brushes, 144 count
Item: 138786 / Model : CK-5187
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  • Easy grip paint brushes for different types of paintings
  • Plastic paint brushes come in different hues
  • Dimensions: 7.63"L x 3.63"W x 3.63"D
21.79 $21.79
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Chronicle Books "Fantastic Cities Coloring Book," Softcover, Adult Coloring Book
Item: 2075461 / Model : CH-14957
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  • Year of Publication: 2015
  • Steve McDonald
  • 60 pages in softcover format
14.89 $14.89
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Crayola Paintbrush Variey Classpk (BIN53506)
Item: 23976802 / Model : BIN053506
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  • Paintbrushes
  • 9"L x 3.38"W x 0.4"H
  • Good for watercolor and other childrens art and crafts.
15.99 $15.99
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Macmillan Publishers Four Seasons: A Coloring Book, Softcover
Item: 2075516 / Model : SM-82626
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  • 2015
  • Aiko Fukawa
  • 96 pages in softcover format
16.99 $16.99
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Melissa & Doug Jumbo Paint Brush Set, 4/Pack (4118)
Item: 688948 / Model : 4118
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  • Orange/yellow/blue/green
  • Material: Plastic storage pouch
  • Grades: All
8.39 $8.39
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Martin/Universal Just Stow It Slim Brush Case Purple (66-JS1014B)
Item: 2132013 / Model : 92407
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  • Holds 10 artist brushes, or up to 20 pens, pencils or markers
  • Fabricated of a densely woven water resistant fabric and equipped with a large zipper closure
  • Separate Oil, Acrylic and Water Color brushes with cases available in 3 distinct attractive colors: Ocean Blue, Black and Artist Purple
11.49 $11.49
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Leisure Arts Natural Wonders Color Art Adult Coloring Book, Softcover
Item: 2075426 / Model : LA-6704
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  • 2015
  • 24 pages in softcover format
  • 24 pages in softcover format
6.49 $6.49
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Design Originals "Zenspirations Insprirations," Softcover, Adult Coloring Book
Item: 2075359 / Model : DO-5446
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  • 2014
  • Joanne Fink
  • 32 pages in softcover format
9.89 $9.89
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Princeton Art & Brush™ Real Value Gold Taklon Brush Set, Round 1,4, Shader 6,10
Item: 1113783 / Model : P9116
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  • Size: Round 1, 4, Shader 6, 10
  • An outstanding value and the broadest range available for both novice and professional artists
  • Has short and long handle brushes to meet every painting need
9.79 $9.79
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Copic Air Brush Sets Airbrush Starter Kit Abs-2 (ABS2)
Item: 2135160 / Model : 55741
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  • Wonderful for creating backgrounds and fill large spaces
  • Creates little to no mess
  • Allows instant change in color
34.99 $34.99
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Chronicle Books "Secret Garden Coloring Book," Softcover, Adult Coloring Book
Item: 2075460 / Model : CH-67106
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  • 2013
  • Johanna Brasford
  • 96 pages in softcover format
14.69 $14.69
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Chenille Kraft Creativity Street Starter Brush, 25/Pack (5180)
Item: CKC5180 / Model : 5180
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  • Paint brush set ideal for beginners and professional artists
  • Plastic handles and aluminum ferrules for lasting durability
  • Dimensions: 10.2"L x 6.9"W x 1.5"D
18.49 $18.49
25/Set
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Chenille Kraft® Paint Brushes; Colossal Brushes, Round
Item: 912924 / Model : CK-5168
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  • Great big brushes are perfect for small hands, allowing young artists better control and holding a lot of paint
  • Durable plastic canister holds 30 assorted color brushes
  • Round
41.59 $41.59
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Chenille Kraft Foam Brush in Classroom Pack, 40/Pack (CK-5212)
Item: 848646 / Model : CK-5212
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  • Plastic paint brushes and rollers for painting
  • Made of foam that is easy to clean with sturdy plastic handles
  • Dimensions: 15"L x 7"W x 4"D
25.99 $25.99
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Design Originals Peace and Love Adult Coloring Book, Softcover
Item: 2075448 / Model : DO-5498
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  • 2014
  • Thaneeya McArdle
  • 72 pages in softcover format
9.89 $9.89
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Badger Air-Brush Anthem Airbrush Set
Item: 943459 / Model : 155CS
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  • Most user-friendly airbrush-preferred by professionals yet great for entry level
  • Features a patented rear needle release for fast needle access, a single nozzle/needle design, self-centering nozzle assembly, and is excellent for virtually all airbrush applications
  • Contains (1) Anthem 155 Airbrush, one air hose, two jars, one jar adapter, and instructions
92.59 $92.59
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