What can be more fun than painting?
Especially in the fall! This is a photo from the side back of our yard looking back toward the house.
Below is a photo of me that Jackie, my husband took without my permission today. I'm painting the trees right behind our house and studio. My studio is upstairs and overlooks the woods. but I had to be outside to feel the light and be eye level with the trees. I have been working outside on this daily at 4PM - but today it was 3 as time changed last night:...
It was a pretty day today! Here is Scaredy- my cat today - she always keeps me company!
Awhile back a friend asked how I washed my brushes and suggested that I blog about it.
When I'm outside painting en plein air, I rinse my brushes in the portable brush washer and take it inside to my studio to re-rinse in a large vat of Gamisol that I have or wash them with my cleaner on the road. Sometimes I just use white soap away from home to wash them daily.
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|These are my favorite Trekell brushes! I love them! |
This whole set is only $39.20!!!
Currently in studio I am happy with the setup I have. Because I hate to wash brushes I was delighted that
Robert Harper told me about two products that I now use and love.
The first is an Army ammo box that you can get at Army surplus stores or E bay. I fill it about half way with Gamsol solvent.
Jackie (my wonderful husband and "hand model" here to the left) made me a wire mesh screen to fit the bottom so brushes can swipe across it without getting into the settled sludge.
|Kafka brush Oil & Preservative|
|Rubber seal on the ammo box closes tight to prevent evaporation & for travel!|
- The other product that Bob Harper suggested was Kafka Brush Oil and Preservative. Mine came from Dick Blick.
Make sure the paint thoroughly removed by washing them by sloshing them back and forth the Gamsol (which is purer and safer than turpentine or store brand odorless mineral spirits) or Turpenoid which comes from art supply stores. Then jjust dip (as pictured above) and wipe the excess oil off the bristles gently with a paper towel.
That's it! Happy brush washing and happy painting!
Once a week or so I clean the brushes as the above rinse and oil soak really does not remove all the paint form the ferrel of the brush. I dip the rinsed brushes into the Really Works....and wash them.
How to wash brushes:
- Dip the brush into cleanser or liquid.
- Gently message the bristles from the ferrule working out toward the end of the brush.
- Repeat rinsing between with warm or cool water until the suds are completely clean and
- Also wash the handle at this time.
- Do not splay brushes out when washing as it will dislodge, loosen, or break bristles.
- Do not use hot water - it may damage or loosen bristles.
- Gently reshape the bristles and pat dry with a paper towel. NOTE: I lay them flat to dry so water doesn't flow back into the ferrule of the brush
I hear that Pine sol works well too, but I've not tried it. Really Works smells like pine Sol. I also use white soap occasionally. But Really Works will soak out old dried paint if you have a really messed up brush. I just wrap it up inplastic and leave it a couple of days and then wash it .It's saved a many a brush for me!
|New brushes and an unfinished 20x24 plein air landscape I started lately in the woods near our home.|