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Brushes and Their Care

Remember with our technique it is important to have brushes of superb quality! One should start with clean dry brushes. Most of our designs can be completed in a sitting but if you have to leave for a couple of hours and come back make sure you wipe your brushes on a soft cloth or “Bounty Towel” (or like quality paper towel.) Wipe until no color comes off on cloth or towel. Brushes will be usable when you return.

Do not dip in Mineral Spirits, Pink Soap
Murphy’s Oil Soap, Lestoil to clean.

These products will clean the brushes but will not give you a DRY BRUSH They will probably have an oily residue which can later be transferred to your surface especially watercolor paper and fabrics. We recommend Master’s Brush Cleaner and Preserver

How to use “Masters” For cleaning:

1. Wipe brush to remove excess paint.

2. Wet brush and/or “The Masters” with water.

3. Swirl brush in “The Masters” and work into a lather. ( I then scrub them on 3M Scrubbie sponge.)

4. Rinse with clean water.

5. Repeat if necessary until brush is clean (lather will be white) You can clean one color after another without removing the previous colors from “The Masters” first.

For Preserving:

1. Clean brush as above.

2. Leave clear lather on bristles, shape and allow to dry.

3. Shake powder off bristles when ready to use again.

For Restoring:

1.Clean brush as above, but use hot water.

2.Allow lather to remain on bristles for several minutes.

3. If necessary, tap bristles on hard surfaceto work paint out.

(Or Scrub on 3/M Scrubbie.)

4. To clean paint from ferrule, allow lather to remain on bristles for several hours, repeat cleaning process.

5. Leave clear lather on bristles , shape, allow to dry