don't skimp on brushes. I cannot tell you how many times I took the cheap route. My brushes always lloked like carp, and my painting didn't get any better. Then, as a gift, I was given a set of Winsor and Newton Series 7 brushes... It very quickly became very clear to me just how important brushes are. if you choose to use acrylics, you probably will not want sable brushes, as the paint tends to beat the crud out of them,(same holds true for enamels).
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