If you have been around for a while, you know that I have a bad habit of leaving brushes to their own devices as far as getting clean...Then I find them still dirty a few weeks later. Like the two that are standing on their bristles by the water cup....
I have often given the hint of soaking your bad brushes in alcohol for about 20 minutes and then rinsing them. It does work...
If it conditions make up brushes, why not paintbrushes?
This is the "One step beyond". The brushes on the left of the photo were simply rinsed in alcohol.
The ones in the right foreground were taken a step further. I don't know if you can see it in the photo, but they are decidedly softer and shinier than the ones on the left.
The secret formula was....wait for it.....simply equal parts of dish washing liquid(Joy) and olive oil! Then rinse in hot water. Weird huh?
Look what it did to my #18/0 liner brush! It is completely clean and not a hair out of place!
It's another case of "betcha can't clean just one". Somebody stop me!!! I cleaned them all...I even conditioned the ones that had not yet been used. OK... I went overboard.
I am slowly coming to my senses. And besides, I ran out of brushes.
Tessie is guarding the 18/0 with her life. If I clean that one anymore, it will be down to three hairs. And it was one of the ones that didn't need cleaning.
OK. On to something else now....Sorry to bore you with brush cleaning....Everything's right in my world. My brushes are clean....I am off to paint something now. If you have time, do stop by Craftgawker(some of the ideas change into minis easily) and wander around. There is also a Dwellinggawker(lots of ideas for rooms and houses) , Stylegawker(clothes and jewelry) and Foodgawlker(great recipes) that you can get to from the top or bottom of that page. I will warn you. They are addictive. They change daily. Except on weekends sometimes. Have Fun!!!
See you tomorrow.