Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Tools of the Trade: Brush Cleaner
Okay, I will admit that this is not an essential item to an artist just purchasing supplies, but man, I have to admit this little thing is handy dandy!
A friend of mine passed this along to me last week. She had upgraded to a very nice stainless steel model (something like this). This one is perfectly servicable and she was kind enough to think of me.
It is fairly simple. A glass jar with a metal coil fit inside it. You put water (if acrylics) in and when you want to clean your brush you just swish it over the coil and the paint is removed down to the ferrule.
I'm thinking this may extend the life of my crunchy brushes somewhat! Part of what was killing them so quickly was small amounts of paint being left in the bristles and the other part was my mashing the brush in the water jar to clean them as best I could.
(PS - my apologies for not posting as regular in the past few days - we had the flu going through our house, hopefully things are back on track now at chez Wiebe)