Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tip: Brush Care

After painting lay your brushes flat or at a “slight angle” tip down to allow the excess water to drain off.

Cleaning your brush     I simply rinse my brush with clean water.
  • Washing them with too much soap can damage and dry the hair making it brittle. If you still feel that you really need to wash your brush use a mild soap, such as ivory, baby soap or brush soap, which is specifically designed for washing brushes. Put a little soap in the palm of your hand and work it into the hair of the brush. Repeat as needed.
  • To reshape your brush, wet the tip then flick your wrist in a downward motion to remove the excess water to reshape the point. If you prefer not to flick your brush remove the excess water on a terry towel then gently reshape it back to a point and let dry.

  • In between paintings place your clean dry brushes handle down in a heavy clay, stone jar or pot, keep the ferrule (tip) side up in the air to dry. 
  • Avoid storing brushes in direct sunlight.
  • If you are not going to use your brushes for a long period of time you might want to store them in an airtight container. First make sure that they are clean, completely dry a damp brush can create mildew and damage the hair, consider using mothballs to prevent against moth damage.
Do not use your good brushes for masking fluids and drawing gum
Do not use your good watercolor brushes for oil or acrylic painting.
Do not cut your brushes to reshape them
Do not leave your brushes submerged tip down in water, this will loosen the glue in the ferrule and the tip will eventually come off and ruin the shape in the tip.

Direct sunlight, washing too much can make brush hair brittle and break.
Avoid submerging the ferrule or it can loosen the glue detaching the
handle from the tip or loosen the hair in the brush

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Iowa Watercolor Society Workshop 2013

I am really enjoying Iowa, I'm here for the IWS yearly meeting, doing two workshops, judging their show and  demonstrating.

The roads here are very straight where I live the roads are all very windy. Corn, corn, corn and soybeans everywhere. There is a real beauty in the simplicity of the landscape, old barns. and big sky.

The Cicada's are VERY noisy, they sound like little laser guns the kind from the really old Sci-fi movies, they have many different tones. 

I'm finding the farm reports very interesting (love the dancing corn on tv). I now have a better understanding of how to prevent cross pollination, nitrogen and and how complicated it can be to balance the soil reports to the crop.

I'm looking forward to our next session.