Wednesday, September 3, 2008

"Rounding the Corner" - SOLD

Have you heard of Goop? Well, I'm sure many of you have, but after you are done painting you can condition your bristles with said product. I just get a little on each brush and the next day they are still nice and soft. It's fantastic. I actually learned the trick from Doug Braithwaite.

So, this got me thinking....what do you use?

6 comments:

Lane said...

I like Goop. I ran out of it and now I just wipe off my brushes and let them sit in linseed oil so they never dry out. Both ways work for me. Great work as usual.

bonnieluria said...

I've used the leftover medium from painting, squeezing out the excess with newspaper and then a vigorous wash with " The Masters " brush cleaner and preserver. Comes in a little beige plastic inch high disk, and is fantastic for all brushes.
It's even taken out dried acrylic paint.
After I wash them with it, I leave a little on the surface as a softener.
Seems to work really well.
I order through Dick Blick but any good art supply store should carry it.

I love your use of color and composition. The richness of these dark apples ( they look like delicious apples, the variety ) is so lush.

Dianne Mize said...

I've been cleaning my brushes with Goop for years. Thought I made it up. Guess I didn't. Guess when something's good, it's going to catch on all over. But I only give them a good Goop cleaning every three months or so.

While painting, and in-between daily sessions I use Turpenoid which keeps my brushes nice and soft in great condition, always ready to use and it's practically odorless.

Lorrie Drennan said...

I dip mine in cooking oil. I had a teacher that used vaseline. I guess pretty much anything that keeps them from drying out.

Frank Gardner said...

Hi Aaron, I wash my brushes in turpentine and then wash them in water, rubbing them on a bar of soap, like Ivory. When they are lathered up, I rub them across two or three fingers on my left hand and rinse. Repeat until no more color is in the lather.
Dry by wiping gently away from the handle and shape the bristles with my fingers. If I have any stray bristles I can rub a little soap on them or sometimes just a bit of saliva. Next day they are dry and soft.
They last a lot longer than when I didn't use anything but turps.

r garriott said...

I like Goop, too...and it has to be THE Goop, the other brands don't work as well. I keep a jar of it on the tabouret and let the brushes soak in it overnight. One caveat, though; Goop can also be a paint Remover, so I really wash it out good before starting to paint again.

In the 80's I worked in a billboard plant; we used oils and enamels with rollers, bristle and squirrel quill brushes. Back then the old sign painters would wrap their brushes in pages torn from glossy magazines, and drop them into open cans of 10/40 motor oil. Sounds awful to me, but seemed to work.