Wednesday, January 21, 2009


NEVER, EVER shape the tip of your brush with your lips after cleaning the brush. It sounds pretty obvious yet I've seen several people do it at workshops I've followed. Some paints are very toxic and no matter how good you clean your brush some chemicals will still be in there.Just do it with your fingers and leave a little soap in the brush to dry. It will keep its shape when it dries. Richard Schmid puts a piece of cardboard shaped like a V with a clip on his flat brushes so they dry to a very sharp end.

This NEVER, EVER came from Erik VanElven. Thanks Erik! You can see his work at Email me at if you have a tip you'd like to share. Please include your blog so we can credit you properly.

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  1. You've got a very original slant on your blog. I really enjoy the tips, the videos ( especially the videos ) and the light hearted approach to painting.
    Some wonderful work to look at too.

  2. Can you believe that Harold Speed actually recommends sucking the bristles into shape in his painting book? Yikes! Definitely a practice that should be discouraged...