Art Every Day 031

ImageYou’re probably wondering why I’ve posted a photo of a plastic dish scrubber. Well, I didn’t make any new art today (worked on old stuff), but I wanted to post something art related. Here’s a tip.

I’m kind of lazy when it comes to brush cleaning; if you’re anything like me, you’ve ruined plenty of brushes by forgetting them in the water jar, or by leaving them too long before a proper cleaning. I think I may have come up with a possible solution to my ruined paint brush problem.

ImageI put two of these plastic dish scrubbers in the bottom of the water jar. I soap up the brush before I put it into the water, and I swish the brush across the surface of the scrubbers. The soap loosens the paint, and the scrubbing action of the scrubbers cleans the brush pretty well. When I leave the brush in the jar, the scrubbers hold the brush up off the bottom of the jar, so the bristles don’t get bent. They also help out at the sink when cleaning palette knives, palettes, and water jars.

I use acrylic paint with brushes with short, fairly hard bristles, so don’t know if this technique would work for other types of paint or brushes with long, soft bristles.

~ by thiscassandra on Saturday 28 September 2013.

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