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

How to Make Your Own Painting Brush | Step-by-step

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.

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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"