How to Keep Paint Brushes Clean While PaintingTalking about rinsing our brushes isn't the most glamorous thing that you'll do at your next wine and palette night but it is absolutely necessary if you want to ensure that your colors don't become muddy during the painting process. Sometimes paintings will allow us to skip the rinsing phase, this mostly happens when we're working on making a gradient or blending between colors. However, most of the time when we switch from one color to the next we want to make sure that we're starting with a clean slate...ahem...brush. Here are some helpful tips to make sure that you're getting those brushes nice and clean!
To help keep your water from getting really murky it's always a great idea to wipe your brush down on your paper towel first, this will help remove the major globs of paint on the brush.
Acrylic paint has a tendency to really work it's pigment down into the bristles of the brush so just gently swishing your brush at the top of your water cup isn't going to cut it. You want to be sure that you are really scrubbing those bristles on the bottom of the cup so that you release any little areas of paint that might be hiding.
Once you've scrubbed the brush out you will test your cleanliness on the paper towel. To do this simply dry the brush off, if there is just a hint of pigment you're ready to move on, but if you notice that you're still getting dark streaks of color on your towel you'll want to put that brush through another scrub bath.
Colors that have a lot of pigment to them like blue, red and green can be particularly stubborn so don't be surprised if you have to do a second bath for those colors.
The most important thing to remember??? Make sure you're not rinsing in your wine glass!
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