When I use acrylic, I let my brushes in a  jar with water to avoid drying the acrylic on them, but they seem to be litle bit downbent. Do you know any better way?

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Oooooh, don't ever leave your brushes in water!(You will rust your ferroules.)  Or ever leave them out without washing them. (They will dry so quickly and you won't easily get them clean again.)  Keep two or three containers of water on your work area. Every few minutes, even if you aren't finished with the brush, rinse the brush in clear water, then again in the other clear water, and blot dry on a clean paper towel. When you are finished using that colour, wash the brush with soap and water and rinse very well.

I actually bought the Donna Dewberry (one stroke painting) container.(not the blending palette) It has a big well for water and slots on each side for your brushes. Make sure and wipe your paint off your brush, then clean it off best you can with water (if your still using that brush) I also keep paper towels handy at all times and i lay my brushes flat, and as Ev just mentioned if you leave them in the water it ruins the brushes. That was one of my very first lessons in painting, take care of your brushes, dont cross them ( have separate brushes for oil and acrylic).

Also, buy watercolour brushes for watercolour and acrylic brushes for acrylics. They are of different compositions to work best with the different mediums.

Dear Christina, thank you really much for your help!!!!!!! I am happy for it :o)))



Christina Mcclintock said:

I actually bought the Donna Dewberry (one stroke painting) container.(not the blending palette) It has a big well for water and slots on each side for your brushes. Make sure and wipe your paint off your brush, then clean it off best you can with water (if your still using that brush) I also keep paper towels handy at all times and i lay my brushes flat, and as Ev just mentioned if you leave them in the water it ruins the brushes. That was one of my very first lessons in painting, take care of your brushes, dont cross them ( have separate brushes for oil and acrylic).



Ev McTaggart said:

Also, buy watercolour brushes for watercolour and acrylic brushes for acrylics. They are of different compositions to work best with the different mediums.

Yes my friend I have brushes for acrylic, they is big different, but thank you for your effort to help me!!

Ev, im learning today!! I didnt relize there was such a thing as "watercolor brushes", "acrylic brushes". Ive just purchased brushes and kept them separated the best i could. Does this really make a difference? Do you know of a tutorial or something i can read up on...oh great and powerful Ev. LOL

Hi Iveta,

You need to clean your brushes well with brush soap after you use them then store them with the bristles up (not with the brushes weight on the bristles and do not keep them in water). Happy Painting!

I was told to use a container like a gladware plastic sandwich container and notch the ends and let the lay horizontal.  I use a rectangular take out container from the local Chinese restaurant and it works perfect./

I use these 3 sectional plastic dishes from the Dollarama here in Canada. They are perfect for paintiing and also drying the brushes when finished. My palette underneath is a piece of tempered glass from an oven door.

I use three or four jars (6oz Baby Gerber Food) filled with water. After using the brush with a particular color, I mmediately and gently wipe the tip of the brush with a cloth or paper towel and the dip the brush on the first jar insuring that most of the paint is in the jar. Then I dip it in the second jar and so forth. The dip on the last jar should leave the water clear. Then I wipe the tip of the brush with my fingers shaping it to a point or flat depending on the brush. After that I insert the brush upside down in a empty jar ( cone marischiano cone) and let it stand for next time. It might seem like a long process between change of color, but actually, it only takes a moment and the brush is always readily shapped. JIL 

Dear friends,

your advice are very helpful for me, many thanks all of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It works :o)))

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