How to Make Your Own Painting Brush | Step-by-step | The Cave of Apelles

In this video you will learn how to make your own brushes in nine steps developed by the Scottish painter Alastair Blain who will perform a demonstration together with his apprentice, Jan-Ove Tuv.

You need:

  • Hair from a boar, horse or cow
  • A branch of fitting diameter
  • Bee’s wax candle (or just Bee’s wax)
  • Linen thread (shredded from a piece of canvas)
  • Lighter/matches
  • A knife
  • A comb
  • A pair of scissors


Step 1: Cut the necessary amount of hair from the fur

Step 2: Comb off excess “woolly” hairs

Step 3: “Glue” the base with a Bee’s wax candle, then let it cool

Step 4: Cut the branch to the preferred length of your handle

Step 5: Cut a thumb’s length of the tip (half its thickness)

Step 6: Shape the Bee’s wax base to fit the handle

Step 7: Attach the hairs using linen canvas thread

Step 8: Make a knot and seal it with Bee’s wax

Step 9: Shape the tip with a pair of scissors (if needed)

Video was filmed and edited by Bork Nerdrum.

▶️ Full video:
🎵 Full audio:

Fergus Ryan
Eric Chartier
Shaun Roberts
Viorel Trandafir
Matthias Proy
Dean Anthony
Jon Harald Aspheim
Børge Moe
Alastair Blain
Anders Berge Christensen
Erik Lasky
Fernando Ramirez
Francisco Salvacao
Herman Borge
Hårek Jordal Andreassen
Iver Ukkestad
Jack Entz Warner
Jared Fountain
Jose Luis
Marion Bu-Pedersen
Maurice Robbins
Michael Irish
Stacey Evangelista
Tonelise Rugaas
Trym Jordahl
Yngve Hellan


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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"