How to Keep Your Paint Brushes as Good as New!

Are you new to painting and not sure how to keep your paint brushes clean? Maybe you are an art teacher and frustrated  with always finding dry and dirty brushes that need to be thrown out. Read below to see my tips in keeping your paint brushes as good as new!

Are you new to painting and not sure how to keep your paint brushes clean? Maybe you are an art teacher and frustrated always finding dry and dirty brushes that need to be thrown out. Read below to see my tips in keeping your paint brushes as good as new! 

 

Tip #1 – Use Dish Soap

When you are working with Acrylics, ink or water colour I like to squirt a drop of dish soap in the palm of my hand and swirl the bristles around in the palm of my hand until that soap starts turning the colour of the pigment you were working with. After you have added dish soap you can rinse with water. Next tap the end of the brush with bristles facing down on the edge of the sink (this helps loosen up dried pigment that is further up in the bristles and is lodged). You could repeat this process twice if the brush is really dirty.

 

Tip #2 – Store Upright

The best way to store your brushes is standing upright (bristles at the top) sticking up in a jar. If the bristles are facing down this will cause the bristles to get squished and bent and they can stay that way permanently!

 

Tip #3 – Educate

You can’t assume everyone knows how to clean a brush or even clean up in general. You need to show people how to do it and explain why it is important -especially with kids/teens!

 

Do you have any tips for keeping your brushes clean- Let me know in the comments!