Filbert Brush

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A filbert is a narrow, flat brush with hairs that come to a rounded point. Used on its side, a filbert gives a thin line; used flat it produces a broad brushstroke; and by varying the pressure as you apply the brush to canvas, or flicking it across, you can get a tapering mark.

If the filbert has hog or bristle hairs, they will wear down with use. The photo shows the front and side views of a very old filbert and a brand-new, never-used one.

A filbert is a favorite brush shape for many because it can produce such a variety of marks. The No.10 filbert is commonly used. Don't throw away worn-down filberts: use them for dry brushing and you won't have to worry as you bash the hairs to spread them out.

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