Painters need not only excellent paints in a variety of hues, they also need a full selection of brushes to create a variety of paint strokes and surfaces. And all painters have their favorite paintbrush—their go-to brush that’s used in every painting, the brush that ushers them into their creative painting zone. One brush, however, is not enough. Paintbrushes were originally made from the hair of hogs, oxen, sable, squirrels, and other animals. Today artists have also grown to love synthetic brushes for their quality, dependability, and versatility. Oil paint is demanding and corrosive, and high-quality, durable brushes are key tools. The brushes here work well with not only oil paint, but with acrylics, watercolor, and gouache.