Ten Tips: Keeping Art Brushes, Sponges, and Stamps Usable
One of the things I learned from our first Creative by Discovery Mixed-Media Art Party was that sharing tips I’ve learned about the process in the past three years is a “how-to” I can gladly contribute. Here are a few things learned along the way….
Ten tips for keeping brushes, sponges, and stamps usable… (because it gets expensive replacing them!):
- Do not leave brushes/sponge brushes in water for long periods of time.
- Do not let paint, ink, or adhesives dry on brushes, sponges, or stamps. Let them rest in a brush tub, to keep them moist. Use the scrubber in the bottom to gently loosen paint.
- Change water often when painting, especially with watercolors.
- Use paper towels, a fabric cloth, and/or baby wipes while working on a project – rinse and wipe tools when switching between tools during a project.
- Use the correct brush for acrylic vs. watercolor paint. Acrylics are too harsh for natural hair brushes and will damage them.
- Avoid pushing, jamming, or squishing brushes, sponges, or stamps into paint, ink, adhesives, or other mediums.
- When finished, clean brushes and sponges in warm soapy water and pat dry.
- Lay brushes horizontally to dry to avoid water running from bristles to ferrule (thing that looks like a collar).
- Store brushes upright once they are completely dry. *Never store brushes with bristles facing down.
- When finished with a stamp, use a product like StazOn to clean the excess ink, especially when using permanent ink. Gently pat the stamp with the cleaning product. Follow with a dry cloth or paper towel. Gently pat the stamp and let it air-dry.
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