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I belong to a few yahoo users group and recently, the above question was posed. I thought you’d be interested in my answer.
I generally have 2 of each brush for landscapes and seascapes.
I find with florals, I generally use only one of each brush.
With portraits, I have two sets, but generally use only one set.
With Tall Ships, I use only one set at a time, except for the Â¾â€ soft brush. I find thatâ€™s the only brush I use 2 in. I think mostly its because Iâ€™m absent-minded. (Side note. I use my portrait brushes to paint most of the Tall Ships.—I use a 1â€ brush to paint the sky and ocean undercoating and use #2, #4, #6 flats for detailing the ocean and ship. Sails, Riggings, etcâ€¦. are done with the portrait brushes and a #1 liner. A #0 liner will work just as well.
Wildlife and Still life are pretty much the floral brushes with a mix of landscapes and the #2, #4, #6 bristle flats.
I love those last 3 brushes.
And theyâ€™re only 99 cents each.
And you only need one of each. Bristles are so easy to clean with just paper towels.
A lot of cleaning can be simply done by wiping the brushes with a paper towel. I generally clean the brush if Iâ€™m going from a light to a dark color. Itâ€™s amazing how the smallest amount of white will prevent you from getting your color. All other mixes, Iâ€™m pretty much able to wipe the brush with paper towels and go into the next color, light or dark.
When I do clean, I use baby oil. Havnâ€™t used thinner in a very long time.
Itâ€™s mostly a matter of what youâ€™re use to or what works best for you. The solution….experiment.
Start with two each, if thatâ€™s not enough, add more brushes.
I donâ€™t use but one mop though.
Excuse me, blender.
Hope this helps.