- Mason Jar – I use the pint sized jar but any jar or can will do.
- Place a mesh screen or similar type screen (can buy at art or hardware store, see image below) at the bottom of the jar and fill the jar with unscented baby oil until the screen is covered by about 1/2 “
- At the end of your painting session, squeeze the ferrule of the brush into a paper towel or rag to remove as much paint as possible & wipe brushes on paper towel or rag to remove as much paint as possible.
- Dip into jar and scrub against the screen to loosen the paint further.
- Keep wiping on rag or towel until no more paint can be removed.
- If you are going to be painting again the next day, just dip brushes in a 2nd jar with clean baby oil and lay them flat. The oil left on the brush will condition your brush overnight
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Cleaning Oil Paint Brushes without Solvents
I have recently taken up oil painting and am trying to limit the amount of solvents I use as much as possible. Solvents are very hard on brushes not to mention your health. I came across a great way to clean brushes that is quick, easy & good for brushes as it conditions them in the process.