Oil on Linen - 6x8"
If I was an independently wealthy being, my studio would be equipped with an assistant who's number one job would be cleaning brushes. One of my least favourite painting tasks, I sometimes put it off as long as possible before doing a thorough clean.
That said, your brushes are your tools, and caring for them well will go a long way toward getting the most out of them, both in longevity and function.
I recently stumbled across a great article with cleaning tips from several artists, you can view it here.
How I tackle mine:
- Wipe off all the excess paint with paper towel.
- Give it a good swish or two in thinner (I use Gamblin Gamsol), followed by another good wipe with paper towel
- I then use Master's Brush Cleaner (the big tub), but dish soap or bar soap will also do.
- Get some soap on the brush and then using the palm of your hand, the inside of half a tennis ball, or the bottom of the sink - swirl it around to loosen up the paint and give it a good rinse - repeat this step until no more color comes out of the brush.
- Finally I dry it, dip it in Turpenoid Natural, and give it a quick wipe leaving some of the turpenoid in to condition the hairs.
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