Brush Strokes


Brush strokes is a defining matter in the world of art. The way you brush is essentially the way you visions and deepest artistic desires come to life. There is as many types of strokes as there is types of visual arts, let it be painting, calligraphy, pottery and so on.


Brush Strokes in Painting 

Hatching Technique

Hatching is basically building up depth of color through parallel strokes. It is also often used to blend colors and create interesting visual effects of colors seeming apart from short distance, but blended from a distance.


Hatching Technique Painting


Crosshatching Technique

Crosshatching is when brush strokes are applied crossing over each other. This is often used to create the play between different colours and also light and shade. There is usually two ways to perform this technique: wet on wet (when you apply the second layer right after first one to mix in new colour) or wet on dry (where you wait for the first layer to dry out first).


Crosshatching Technique Painting


Flat Wash Technique

Flat wash is used to just build a stable colour background. Even application of paint creates a completely smoothed, washed out effect where you don't see the strokes anymore, only even layer of paint.


Flat Wash Technique Painting


Scumbling Technique

It is considered to be quite a rough application of paint. Often used to create an unexpected texture difference. These strokes are usually applied with a bit of a circular motion. Rotate your wrist or your arm to find the level you need.


Scumbling Technique Painting


Stippling Technique

Stippling is in the end not much of a stroke, rather randomly put dots with which with time you build up a more complexed layer. You might try applying different colours and space the dots unevenly to find some other interesting effects.


Stippling Technique Painting


Dry Brush Technique

It is a very easy technique to do when you apply a bit of thick on the brush and make an even stroke in any direction. The result of it will be a fading of colour (paint) in a way complementing the surface of the canvas you are working on. Might also be applied on the dry layer of paint to show off the the colour underneath the speckles.


Dry Brush Technique Painting


Adobe Fresco Brush Strokes

Fresco is a seemingly easy, but very complex Adobe program, that helps recreate the live feeling of painting on the digital screen.


Pixel Brush

Pixel brush is a mot common, usual brush ranging in over 1800 customisable types that work very similar to the ones in Photoshop and similar programs.


Pixel Brush Adobe Fresco


Live Brush

Live brush is really a one of a kind digital brush that is able to create a real-life looking paintings and also mimic the behaviour of paint when it interacts with itself. For example, the watercolours will blend with each other and the oil paint will cool creamy and thick. Of course there is tools like Paint Splatter or Flat Brushes for oil colours.


Live Brush Adobe Fresco


Vector Brush

This is basically the same Pixel Brush, but used with vectors that gives it an ability to be scaled later to any size or moved to Adobe Illustrator.


Vector Brush Adobe Fresco