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    An artist’s most valuable tools are his or her brushes, and to keep a paintbrush lasting as long as possible it’s important to get all the paint out of the bristles after painting.

    The easiest mediums to clean off your brushes is by all means Watercolour and Acrylics. They are both water based mediums and therefore water is the most important factor when it comes to cleaning your brushes.

    Cleaning of Water Colour brushes

    1. Brushes should be wiped clean on a lint-free rag and then rinsed under running water.
    2. Clean brushes gently with cool water and mild soap, gently swirl the soapy brush in the palm of your hand.
    3. Repeat washing and rinsing the brush until the soap and water run clear. You’ll be amazed how much colour comes from the brush head. Take particular care to ensure that the base of the brush head is clean.
    4. Some pigments may stain the brush slightly, but this will not affect the performance or the life of the hair.
    5. Gently reshape the head and remove excess water from the brush head.
    6. Dry the brush and stand head up to allow the hair to dry.

    Cleaning of Acrylic Brushes

    1. Brushes should be wiped clean on a lint-free rag and then rinsed under running water.
    2. Clean brushes gently with cool water and mild soap, gently swirl the soapy brush in the palm of your hand.
    3. Repeat washing and rinsing the brush until the soap and water run clear. You’ll be amazed how much colour comes from the brush head. Take particular care to ensure that the base of the brush head is clean.
    4. Some pigments may stain the brush slightly, but this will not affect the performance or the life of the hair.
    5. Gently reshape the head and remove excess water from the brush head.
    6. Dry the brush and stand head up to allow the hair to dry.

     

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    When it comes to cleaning Oil Brushes it is a little more harder. The trick behind it is to clean your bushes right after using them, unless your are planning to continue using the same brushes on the following day you can also clean your brushes from excess paint in turpentine and leave them stand in a jar of water. In this way, you are running no risks of finding a useless hard brush the following day.

    Cleaning of Oil Brushes

    1. Wipe excess colour from the brush using a rag.
    2. Rinse remaining colour form brush using turpentine.
    3. Next, clean the bristle with soap, pump some liquid soap into the palm of one hand and hold the paintbrush with your other. Scrub the brush back and forth across your palm, letting the soap penetrate the bristles to pull out more oil pigment. When the soap gets too contaminated by the paint, rinse both your hand and the brush with water, then get more soap and begin scrubbing again.Repeat this until there is no trace of colour. Ensure all traces of soap are removed.
    4. Finally, shape up the brush, dry the handle and rest the brush bristles uppermost in a pot or jar to dry.

     

    Although it may seem like a lot of effort, good care and cleaning of your brushes will help them last longer and stay functional throughout their lifespan, and ultimately saving you money!

     

     

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