Brush Terminology and Usage Guide
Detail Brushes: Detail Brushes, also known as Spotter Brushes, are used to create the smallest details, often nothing more than a spot of color, hence the name Spotter Brushes. Brushstrokes are seldom performed with Detail Brushes, use a Liner Brush for long flowing brushstrokes such as eyelashes or highlites.
Liner Brushes: Liner Brushes are used to produce long flowing strokes, such as lettering, eyes and small facial features. True artists can use Liner Brushes to produce amazingly fine details and long flowing flourishes. Large sized Liner Brushes are often better for fine details as the brush holds larger quantities of color and can be used to make repeated strokes (such as eyelashes) without having to reload the brush with color. Please note, since the fine brushstroke is performed with just the tip of the brush the size of the brush reservoir is not related to the width of the finished stroke.
Round Brushes: Round Brushes are among the most versatile brushes, often used for full brushstrokes, lettering, banding and to fill-in for solid coverage of color. Round Brushes are used for many tole painting techniques when a brushstroke of varying width ending in a point (such as leaves and flowers) is needed.
Shader Brushes: Shader Brushes are used for broad ribbons of color, varying width brushstrokes and to fill-in solid coverage of color. The chisel edge on a good Shader Brush can produce narrow flowing decorative strokes.
Glaze Brushes: Glaze Brushes come in many shapes and styles, but one thing in common with every brush is the capacity to hold a large amount of color that is applied evenly as the brush glides across the surface of the ware. Mixed hair, meaning mixed length or mixed varieties of hair, often make the best Glaze Brushes, and natural hairs are strongly preferred over synthetics.