These are the cheap brushes that I use for mixing my colours. I put some paint into a container and use a plastic spoon or a little whisk to get started, but in the end I grab a brush like this because it does the job so well. Recently I realized I could actually apply the paint to the canvas with them also. However, there is no pleasure in the application; it is quite scratchy and rough. A good brush with good bristles slides over the canvas in a luscious way.