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I have seen a dozen of them in my days here and I can't bloody find any. For some reason all my brushes have extremely fanned out tips now and I need to find the guides on how to take better care of my brushes and I can't, lol.
Either all my brushes have become ruined by time (I've not painted in a good year and they have been in a box somewhere) or the only brushes I can find are the ones I was specifically using as drybrushes (aka there are brushes that have plastic tubes on them SOMEWHERE in my room), I have no idea which of these is the case, haha. But one way or another I get to wake up bright and early in the morning to go to the hobby shop to pick up some brushes since all I can do with what I have is the bottom 2 coatings on my models and I can't even work on things like the leather straps and other smaller parts.
As an added note I think that a brush care a listing of good brushes to purchase should be added to the Useful Threads sticky.
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Luxartis :: Sable brush care
Should be helpful if oyu use sable brushes. What type of brushes do you use?
You'll also have to accept cheaper brushes will wear out quicker.
GW brushes are adequate, however, w&n series 7 brushes are EXPENSIVE but extremely good. I doubt you'll find a better brush.
Last edited by silentdeathz; April 6th, 2009 at 01:10.
I use cheap brushes (4 bucks for 4) and just toss them after they get rubbish.
If you use cheap brushes you can get out rubbing alcohol or vodka and rub your brush vigorously against the walls and bottom of the container holding your shot of alcohol, then rubbing it hard on a piece of paper. It will make the brush better for a little bit longer. This really ends up ruining your brush though so if you are buying descent brushes, I wouldn't suggest this.
Last edited by minus_t; April 6th, 2009 at 07:42.
silentdeathz link is pretty darn good.
Nothing I would disagree with, which is always nice in an article.
Not a statement I can apply to lhscouchmonster's post, however...
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I just bought a couple of the Winsor & Newton Series 7 brushes, and while it's scary to own high-quality brushes for fear of messing them up, I find the Series 7 brushes are actually easier to clean. With cheaper brushes, I find I had to rub them against the walls of the water cup to get the paint out. With the Series 7s, though, I just swish them around vigorously, then gently draw them across a paper towel to blot excess water and check for any paint left behind (colored wet spot = unclean brush).
Worst case, use brush soap. I've found these in tiny (roughly the size of a big yo-yo) and larger tubs at art supply stores (Michael's, etc.). Basically, take the wet brush (wetter the better, I find) and just gently "paint" across the surface of the soap. The color should come off quickly. I've found a shocking number of old brushes that I've "brought back from the dead" doing this, as the soap also conditions the bristles, which helps them last.
But yeah, buying good quality brushes is a first step. The W&N's are cheap at Dick Blick's, which you can find online. Believe it or not, they can be EASIER to care for! They'll also make your painting look better. Promise.