Friday, July 22, 2016

5 Tips for Better Brush Care

In the Summer 2016 issue of Acrylic Artist Jean Pederson reviewed a new series of brushes by Royal & Langnickel and shared tips on how to pick the best acrylic brush. There’s also a complete step-by-step, mixed-media portrait demo she did in the issue. Order your copy now of Acrylic Artist and read Pederson’s full review. We asked her to share more tips on brush care and here’s what she had to say.

Acrylic Artist Jean Pederdson Brush care

Better Brush Care
Cleaning Your Brushes:
* Never let paint dry on the brushes. If you’re in the process of painting and can’t wash your brushes straightaway, keep them in water to prevent paint from drying (though not with the bristles resting on the bottom of the container which can cause the bristles to bend, break or become misshapen).
* Pat or wipe off excess paint to keep the brush as clean as possible before washing.
* For acrylic paint use a brush cleaner or soap and water. Watercolor paint will only require rinsing in water.
* Try not to get paint on the handles and the ferrule.

After cleaning, form the brush into its natural shape. Let dry—be patient—just let the brush air-dry.

Transport brushes:
I use a brush holder from Cheap Joes.

Before storing your brushes, make sure they are completely dry. A simple coffee can or vase will do.

Jean Pederson ( is the author of Expressive Portraits: Watercolor and Mixed Media Techniques, available at She’s been painting for more than 20 years, balancing her strong teaching abilities and writing with her aspiration to convey her ideas in visual form

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