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Art Brushes

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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Robert Simmons Titanium Brushes Short Handle Single Stock 12 Flat Shader Tt60 (225060012)
Item : 2138098 / Model : 58960
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  • Unique stiff synthetic blend designed to duplicate the feel of Chunking bristle
  • Fine point & chisel edge will retain resiliency in water
  • Can be used with all consistencies of acrylics and oils
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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 Kraft Flat Stubby Brush, 10/Pack (CK-5184)
Item : 138863 / Model : CK-5184
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  • Paint brushes for use by kids in art classes
  • Sturdy construction with aluminum ferrules, wooden handles and natural white hog bristles
  • Dimension: 7.5"L (Handles)
10.69 $10.69
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Chenille Kraft Plastic Handle Brushes in Canister, 144/Pack (CK-5187)
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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Royal Brush Mfg Inc, Aqua-Flo Brush Set Bulk Pack, (BKFLO-12LG)
Item : 24011894 / Model : AB3757
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  • Painting with watercolors and water-soluble paints has never been easier
  • Features a refillable water reservoir and synthetic taklon bristles
  • Fill with plain water and use to activate and blend watercolor paint pans, pencils and crayons.
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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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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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Chenille Craft® Starter Brush Set
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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Sargent Art 10 Piece All Purpose Quality Natural Hair Brush Set, Assorted (56-6010)
Item : 273056 / Model : SAR566010
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  • All-purpose paint brushes for budding artists
  • Soft, natural hair bristles for smooth application and mixing of colors
  • Brushes with plastic handles for good grip and enhanced durability
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Creativity Street® Jumbo Paint Brush Canister
Item : 1236356 / Model : 5161
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  • Sold as each
  • Paint Brush Canister
  • Includes fifty-eight 6 1/4" round jumbo brushes in a variety of colors and all in one 7 3/4" x 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" canister
30.59 $30.59
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Creative Haven Chalkboard Art Adult Coloring Book, Paperback
Item : 1967495 / Model : DOV-80210
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  • Dover Publications + 12/16/15
  • CJ Hughes
  • 64 Pages in Paperback format
7.99 $7.99
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Pentel Aquash Water Brush Medium Fine Point, Empty [Pack Of 2] (2PK-FRHMBP)
Item : 2132208 / Model : 63036-PK2
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  • Sketch then blur with a water brush
  • Apply directly on a brush tip for watercolor styles
  • description: medium fine point, empty
14.49 $14.49
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Princeton Artist Brush Real Value Golden Taklon brush, 4/Pack (P9115)
Item : 1113784 / Model : P9115
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  • Size: Round 1, 3, 5, Shader 6
  • Perfect for acrylic, watercolor and tempera
  • An outstanding value and the broadest range available for both novice and professional artists
10.19 $10.19
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Princeton Art & Brush™ Real Value Synthetic White Taklon Brush Set, Bright 6
Item : 1113752 / Model : P9155
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  • Size: Round 1, 6, Bright 6, Filbert 8, Flat 12
  • Perfect for acrylic watercolor and tempera
  • An outstanding value and the broadest range available for both novice and professional artists
15.69 $15.69
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Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pen Set
Item : SS1082690
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  • Available Set of Colors: 12 Color Set, 24 Color Set, 48 Color Set W/Storage Box, and 6 Gray Color Set
  • Koi watercolors capture the interest of professionals, fine artists, and students alike when applying to dry or wet paper
  • Combine an array of colors to match subject matters, spread color easily and evenly across paper, create spontaneous washes with soft edges and layer, merge and adjust color
As low as 14.79 $14.79
Multiple options available
Copic Air Brush Sets Airbrush Starter Kit Abs-1 (ABS1)
Item : 2134929 / Model : 33333
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  • Wonderful for creating backgrounds and fill large spaces
  • Creates little to no mess
  • Allows instant change in color
99.99 $99.99
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Pentel Aquash Water Brush Small Fine Point, Empty [Pack Of 2] (2PK-FRHFBP)
Item : 2132209 / Model : 63034-PK2
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  • Sketch then blur with a water brush
  • Apply directly on a brush tip for watercolor styles
  • description: small fine point, empty
12.99 $12.99
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Princeton Art & Brush™ Real Value Synthetic Gold Taklon Brush Set, Round 1,3,5, Shader 2,4,6
Item : 1113761 / Model : P9137
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  • Perfect for acrylic watercolor and tempera
  • 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
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Royal Aqualon Detail Brush Set 10/Pkg-
Item : 23979629 / Model : AQUADET
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  • Aqualon Detail Brush Set
  • Professional artist grade brushed are perfect for acrylic and watercolor paints
  • Package contains five round brushes
34.99 $34.99
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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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Royal Brush 4 PC White Taklon Brush Set
Item : 298717 / Model : 9166
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  • For acrylics oils watercolors and temperas
  • 4 paintbrushes with a free brush wallet
  • All have brown handles
8.89 $8.89
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Iwata Eclipse Hp-Cs Airbrush Hp-Cs Eclipse (ECL4500)
Item : 2246117 / Model : 37110
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  • Gravity feed, features a 0.35 mm needle and nozzle combination, as well as a generous 1/3 oz. sized cup
  • Funnel design cup makes clean-up easier and less wasted paint
  • Short distance from cup to nozzle allows for more consistent paint flow
184.99 $184.99
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Chenille Kraft Economy Brushes in Canister, 144/Pack (CK-5173)
Item : 848685 / Model : CK-5173
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  • Watercolor brushes to enjoy the delights of painting
  • Plastic handles offering a sturdy grip
  • Packed in plastic canister for ease of use
22.79 $22.79
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Silver Brush Tom Lynch Short Handle Watercolor Brushes Travel Brush 12 Z-8131 (Z-8131ST-12)
Item : 2131732 / Model : 26261
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  • Natural and blended bristles
  • Long and shot handles
  • Includes a line of travel series brushes
38.49 $38.49
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