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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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Plaid:Craft FolkArt One Stroke Brush Set, 10/Pack (1059)
Item : 943333
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  • One stroke brush set for artists and hobbyists
  • Dimensions: 10.25 "L x 3.69"W x 0.4"D
  • Specialized bristles for painting flowers and leaves
18.29 $18.29
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Silver Brush Silver Scrubbers Ss-154 Stencil Set Set Of 3 (SS-154)
Item : 2135597
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  • Extra stiff, white, synthetic bristles
  • Suitable for any type of paint
  • series number: SS-154
7.99 $7.99
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Crayola® Arts and Craft Brushes, 5/Pack
Item : 902311
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  • Ideal for school projects, crafts, hobbies or just for fun
  • 5/pack
  • Assorted sizes
5.49 $5.49
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Chenille Kraft Wood Handled Brush, 24/Pack (CK-5172)
Item : 912945
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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
13.29 $13.29
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Sargent Art Quality Brush Set, 5/Pack (56-6000)
Item : 274149
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  • Kids paint brush set for painting
  • Wooden handles for better grip and soft, natural bristles for better brush strokes
  • Easy to clean brushes
5.39 $5.39
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Chenille Kraft Flat Stubby Brush, 10/Pack (CK-5184)
Item : 138863
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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)
7.89 $7.89
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Sargent Art 10 Piece All Purpose Quality Natural Hair Brush Set, Assorted (56-6010)
Item : 273056
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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
10.39 $10.39
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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 12.79 $12.79
Multiple options available
Princeton Art & Brush™ Real Value Synthetic Gold Taklon Brush Set, Round 5/0,0,5
Item : 1113759
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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
10.99 $10.99
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Badger Air-Brush Easy Airbrush Set 350
Item : 943478
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  • Basic, simple spray workhorse
  • Easy to operate
  • Features a light, durable nylon airbrush body, single action simplicity, external mix easy nozzle maintenance and can be used for craft, automotive, and hobby projects
50.89 $50.89
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Melissa & Doug Large Paint Brush Set, 4/Pack (4117)
Item : 687947
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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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Robert Simmons Titanium Brushes Long Handle Single Stock 8 Bright Tt41 (225141008)
Item : 2133108
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  • Stiff synthetic blend bristles provide a fine point, and a chisel edge
  • Brushes can be used with all types of acrylics and oil
  • All brushes have long handles
17.99 $17.99
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Robert Simmons Simply Simmons Value Brush Sets Creative Instinct Set Set Of 5 (255500004)
Item : 2133090
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  • Artist quality dark tipped synthetic filament with excellent spring, fine point, and sharp chisel edge
  • Delivers the performance required for the most demanding projects
  • Individually hand-crafted from start to finish by brush-makers with generations of experience
12.99 $12.99
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Chenille Kraft Plastic Handle Brushes in Canister, 144/Pack (CK-5187)
Item : 138786
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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
22.19 $22.19
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Chenille Kraft Creativity Street Starter Brush, 25/Pack (5180)
Item : CKC5180
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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
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Winsor And Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable Miniature Brushes 0 (5012000)
Item : 2245861
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  • Short handled miniature painting brushes are crafted to the same superior quality as Series 7
  • Hair is shorter out of the ferrule, for greater and more detailed control
  • Manufactured from only the finest taper dressed, pure Kolinsky Sable hair
18.49 $18.49
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Melissa & Doug Jumbo Paint Brush Set, 4/Pack (4118)
Item : 688948
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  • Orange/yellow/blue/green
  • Material: Plastic storage pouch
  • Grades: All
10.99 $10.99
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Melissa & Doug Medium Paint Brush Set, 4/Pack (4116)
Item : 692809
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  • Paint brush set for school projects and hobbies
  • Clear plastic pouch is useful for storage and carrying
  • Medium tipped bristles for filling colors and drawing outlines with colors
6.49 $6.49
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Chenille Kraft Tempera Bristle Easy Brush with Long Handle, 8/Pack (CK-5937)
Item : 850609
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  • Easel brushes to enjoy the delights of painting
  • Hardwood handles that are long-lasting
  • Dimensions: 11.6"L x 3"W x 0.2"D
5.69 $5.69
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Princeton Art & Brush™ Real Value Synthetic Gold Taklon Brush Set, Round 2,4, Liner 2/0, Shader 2,6
Item : 1113758
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  • Size: Round 2, 4, liner 2/0, shader 2, 6, ang 1/4, 0.75
  • Perfect for acrylic watercolor and tempera
  • An outstanding value and the broadest range available for both novice and professional artists
10.99 $10.99
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Pentel Aquash Water Brush Medium Fine Point, Filled With Light Black Pigment Ink [Pack Of 2] (2PK-FRHMNBPA)
Item : 2130255
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  • Sketch then blur with a water brush
  • Apply directly on a brush tip for watercolor styles
  • description: medium fine point, filled with light black pigment ink
19.99 $19.99
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Plaid:Craft FolkArt One Stroke 1" Nylon Flat Brush, Each (1184)
Item : 302778
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  • Painting flat brush designed for artists
  • Nylon bristles for added durability
  • Dimension: 1"W
8.89 $8.89
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Princeton Snap! Brush Sets 2 (9650SET-2)
Item : 2168547
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  • Available in synthetic or bristle, with attractive three-color handles
  • Set 1 Short Handled Gold Taklon Set contains a size 8 filbert, a size 10 round, and a 3/4 in. angle shader
  • Set 2 Short Handled Gold Taklon Set contains a size 4 and 6 round and a 3/4 in. stroke
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Princeton Art & Brush™ Real Value Gold Taklon Brush Set, Round 1,4, Shader 6,10
Item : 1113783
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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
6.79 $6.79
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