Hi Jim,

from he textual description of a youtube video I found out while having your 
same problem:

"GIMP has a very good at working with realistic paint brushes, but the default 
installation lacks a very useful shortcut. If you have worked with the Paint 
Brush or Pencil tool, you may have noticed that changing the size of the brush 
isn't easy. You have to fiddle around with the Size/Scale slider in the tool 
options on the left. This is a lot of guess work, because it doesn't show a 
preview size when you are dragging the slider. Have no fear, there is an easier 
way. Configure the mouse wheel to increase and decrease the brush size when you 
scroll up or down.

-Click "Edit"?"Preferences"
-Under the "Input Devices" section, click "Input Controllers"
-In the "Active Controllers" column, double-click "Main Mouse Wheel"
-A new window to configure the controller will pop up. Make sure the second 
check box, "Enable this Controller" is checked, or else this won't work
-Find the "Scroll Up" event, (it should be at the top). Double-click it or 
click "Edit" at the bottom.
-Click on the "Tools" section and type "increase" in the search field
-Scroll down and click on the action "Increase Brush Size". The name is 
"tools-paint-brush-size-increase&qu­ot;. (In some versions of GIMP it was 
"Increase Brush Scale")
-Close the window, then edit the "Scroll Down" event
-This time type "Decrease" in the search bar and locate the "Decrease Brush 
Size" action. (Name is "tools-paint-brush-size-decrease&qu­ot;)
-Close the action window, input controller window and click OK in the 
"Preferences" window

Now you can simply scroll the mouse wheel to vary the brush size."

Hope it helps,
To me, it works perfectly! ;)

Cheers,

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: jimrh2...@gmail.com
> Sent: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:32:04 -0600
> To: gimp-user-list@gnome.org
> Subject: [Gimp-user] changing the brush sizes
> 
> Hello,i'm very new to this version of gimp, I've tried it in the past but
> I
> couldn't get what I wanted. I don't know how to change the size of the
> paint brushes or where to look. Can someone please help me? I also have
> found out on the filters drop down,maps-fractal effects,it appears not to
> be working anymore,is there anything you can tell me about this? Thank
> you
> for all your help.
> James
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