Portrait Painting for Dummies

Brush Care

  • Clean your brushes at the end of every painting day, and never leave a brush soaking with the bristles touching the bottom of the container.  
  • First, remove the excess paint on a piece of newspaper, then rinse in white spirits (oil paint) or water (acrylic paint) and wipe with a rag.
  • Wash under warm running water, soaping the bristles with a bar of household soap.
  • Rub the soapy bristles in the palm of your hand so that the paint which has collected around the base of the ferrule is loosened.
  • Rinse in warm water, shake dry, and then smooth the bristles into shape.
  • Leave the brushes to dry, bristle end up, in a jar.  Always make sure brushes are dry before storing them in a closed container, or they may develop mildew
  • Dettol or normal floor antiseptic household cleaner is also a great tool for getting those hardened paint bits out of your brushes and make them new again. Just leave overnight in a tin or jar, wipe and wash as normal.