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.
Shape
  • 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.


Storage
  • 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
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



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