Mottlers, Spalters, Gesso, and Varnish

Mottlers and Spalters are large, flat brushes with long or short handles and long or short bristles. Available in both natural fiber and synthetic varieties, they are used for faux finishing techniques, murals, washes, varnishing, and priming. These brushes hold a large amount of paint and cover large surfaces.


Spalters have long handles to permit working from a greater distance without sacrificing control and finesse. Traditionally they were used by fresco painters on abrasive surfaces where the brushes were subject to wear and tear. Great for background painting.

A mottler is the artist’s brush that most resembles a typical decorators brush. Great for preparation, varnishing, and achieving many of the effects typically associated with other flat brush types, commonly used on a larger scale or to cover more of a surface.