Decorative Painting tutorial: how to use the stippler brush

Decorative Painting tutorial: how to use the stippler brush

Written by marika

October 22, 2021

Do you like painting animals and reproduce the fur effect?
In this Decorative Painting Tutorial, I want to tell you something about the Stippling technique and how to use the Stippler brush.

The Stippling technique is perfect when we want to create a soft effect, for example, if we want to paint a teddy bear, the fur of Santa’s hat or coat… but sometimes I also use the stippler brush when I want to paint trees or flowers.

The stippler brush comes in different types and sizes: we can have a kind of flat stippler brush (so a brush where the hair has the same length), or we can have a deerfoot stippler, where the hair has different length.
As I often mention, there’s no only one single perfect brush, we just need to find the brush that works the best for us! And this takes some time and practice… but we all get there at some point!

Using the stippler brush is really simple and fun, you just need to be careful and try a few times and… it’s done! As I mentioned before, it is often used to reproduce the fur effect, as I did in the 3-Time Santa design, however, it’s nice to make this brush more versatile using it also for the center of flowers like in Purple Beauty or for snowmen like in 3-Time Snowman.

This is what I used for this tutorial:
– stippler brush by Princeton
– acrylic paints by DecoArt Americana

When using the stippler, keep in mind it’s always better to use a scale of colors from dark to light, so that you can achieve a gradual look and you can always change the size of the brush according to the area you’re about to paint.

Well… are you curious to see how to use the stippler brush??? Check out this Decorative Painting tutorial 😊

Let me know what you think about this technique and if you have any questions… I’m here to help!
Have fun painting!
Ciao, Marika

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