Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Q-Tip and Liquin

After a painting has dried and I need to change the background, I use a Q-Tip with a bit of Liquin to wipe away the wet paint that I may have brushed too far into or over areas that was dry.  Also, I use this technique during a painting session if I need to rub off a small area.  Plus I use the leftover Liquin on my palette to remove the wet pigment out of brushes, and then I clean them as discribed earlier.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Oil Brush Cleaning Without Harsh Chemicals

After I pinch out most of the oil paint with a rag, I clean my brushes in baby oil.  I use a plastic container to hold the baby oil and a metal mesh drain catcher.  I drag my brushes across the metal mesh after dipping them in the baby oil that is at the center of the metal mesh (See pic below). 

Then I wash the brushes with Dawn dish soap (Dawn works the best) and luke warm water, massaging the bristles between my thumb and index finger.

After the brushes have air dried,  I might use a small amount of petroleum jelly to shape the bristles.  But I will wipe off the petroleum jelly before painting.

If paint has dried on the bristles, I will soak the brush in Ivory Soap goop which is made by breaking a bar of Ivory Soap into small chunks into a jar and then adding a third of water to break down the soap into a jell.  I will soak and clean the brush until the brush is usable again (I credit Dave "The Painting Guy" Darrow for this tip).