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Dry brushing is a painting technique that involves using a brush with very little paint on it to highlight raised surfaces on a miniature or other object. It is an excellent way to add texture and depth to a model or diorama without using washes or inks. When it comes to dry brushing, round brushes are the most commonly used. 

Blue Serie comes in a variety of sizes and can be purchased individually or in sets of brushes. The links to get them will be as follows: 

They are made with synthetic bristles, which are selected for their stiffness and resilience. The bristles are cut short and in large quantities, which allows for greater control over the amount of acrylic paint applied to the surface. When selecting a paintbrush, it is important to consider the size of the model or diorama, the type of paint being used, and the desired effect. We recommend using Dry Brush Paint especially designed for this purpose, either metallic or normal dry colors. 

One of the main uses of Blue series paintbrushes in modeling is for the dry-brushing technique. Hobbyists and enthusiasts use this technique to easily add depth and texture to their models, whether they are building scale aircraft, tanks, or figures. This technique is particularly useful when painting weathered or battle-worn models, as it can help to create the appearance of wear and tear on the surfaces. Blue Series brushes are well-suited to this task, as they allow for the precise application of paint to small details and raised surfaces.

Another popular application for blue series brushes will be painting scale models. Dry brushing can be used to add subtle highlights and shading to the surfaces of buildings, terrain, and other structures. The Blue Series brushes are especially useful for this task, as they allow for fine control over the amount of paint applied, which is essential for creating a natural-looking effect.

Diorama builders also make extensive use of this technique to paint dioramas which often recreate historical events or landscapes, and the addition of dry-brushed details can make all the difference in creating a realistic and convincing scene. By using a variety of brush sizes, diorama builders can achieve a range of effects, from subtle shading to bold highlights.

To use them effectively, it is important to follow a few basic guidelines. First, select the appropriate size for the task at hand. A larger one will cover more surface area quickly, but a smaller one will allow for greater control and precision. Next, load the brush with a very small amount of paint. It is important to remove as much excess as possible before beginning to paint. This will prevent the paint from pooling or smudging on the surface. Finally, lightly brush the surface of the model or diorama with the brush, using short, controlled strokes. It may be necessary to repeat this process several times, gradually building up the desired effect. 

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Type of brushes for modeling

There are many different types used in modeling according to the material is made of, each with a specific purpose and design.
Here are some of the most common types based on their materials:

  • Natural Hair Brushes: They are made from animal hair, such as sable, pony, or goat. They are known for their softness and ability to hold paint well. They are ideal for blending and creating smooth color transitions.
  • Synthetic Brushes: They are made from man-made materials such as nylon, polyester, or Taklon. They are generally less expensive than natural hair versions and are suitable for a wide range of painting techniques. They are also more resistant to wear and tear, and they are less likely to shed their bristles.
  • Weathering Brushes: Made from foam pads or sponge material. They are inexpensive and disposable, making them ideal for weathering, techniques. They are also useful for creating texture with pastes.
  • Mixed Hair Brushes: They are made from a combination of natural and synthetic materials. They are designed to provide the best of both worlds, with the softness and paint-holding ability of natural hair and the durability of synthetic hair. They are versatile and can be used for a wide range of painting techniques.