help to model a paintbrush

I want to model a paintbrush (flat bristles to be precise) with paints dripping from it’s hairs. But I have no idea how to start… Specially I’m clueless about the paintbrush’ hairs and the dripping paint…
Help please.

the paintbrush hairs can be made using hair particles. the dripping part can be done ( other than by simple mesh modelling ) with the fluid simulator, or an easier way i think would be to use metaballs. you could also convert them to a mesh at some point and use proportinal editing and sculpting to tweak them.