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Artist Tip How clean artist brushes
Artist Tip by Ron Gribble.
There are a lot of commercial brush cleaners available, but
I will tell you about a cleaner you can make at home, out of two empty tins.
Before I give the details, I need to explain why a specific
cleaner is needed. Why not just a jar of turpentine for oils?
You need to be aware that turpentine only suspends the
paint, which then settles down into the bottom on your container. All you are
doing after the first clean or two, is stirring up sediment and forcing it up
into the brush ferules.
So take a standard food preserving tin; make sure that the
lid has been removed without sharp edges. Now take a smaller size tin, Like a
baby food tin and place it bottom up onto a desk.
Now, take screwdriver, with a medium width end, and with a
hammer, gently force slots into the base of the tin. Don’t hit too hard, we
only want slots and not holes. Not too close together or you will lose
structural strength, but enough to cover as much of the bottom of the tin as
you can. The shape edges should be inside the tin, and the smooth slots on the
Now place the small tin bottom up inside the bigger tin the
smaller tin should fill about a half of the height of the larger tin.
Fill the larger tin with turpentine, until the smaller is
only just covered. You will now be able to clean your brushes on the bottom of
the small tin, and paint will drop through the slots and gather in the bottom
of the larger tin. If you let it settle, you can pour off the turpentine and
clean out the big tin every now and again.
Next post we will look at caring for you brushes. I trust
this is a help to you.
How to thicken School Tempera Paint with school paints
Here is a quick recipe to thicken a water based school
tempera poster paint.This takes about
10 minutes to cook and has a great thick smooth texture that is ideal for
finger painting. Depending on the amount
of paint you need - increase or decrease the quantities of this recipe.
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What You Need: 4 x spoons of Corn-starch, 3 cups water, small sealable
Recipe for thickening
Temper Poster Paint: 1. Add 4 x level teaspoons of corn-starch with 3 x cups of
water in a pot, mixing until all combined. 2. Heat the mixture
over low heat, stirring it until the corn-starch dissolves and is smooth and
thick. 3. Allow the mixture to cool. 4. Add the thickener to your tempera in a slow pour,
stirring the paint until you get the viscosity desired. Don't add too much at
once, as you will have to add a much greater quantity of paint to get it back
to a thinner consistency. If you a…
paint that is used in the school classroom is simply a ‘Temporary’ paint. A colourful
paint that is water-soluble allowing it to be washed from surfaces quickly and
easily making ideal for educational use or where groups of children are
There is a lot of confusion between traditional "Egg Tempera" and todays
Tempera Poster paint. Some parents that have children with allergies google
'Tempera Paint' and find 'egg tempera' and the confusion starts. Egg Tempera: Egg Tempera is one of the oldest mediums for fine art painting, dating
back to Roman Egypt and used by most of the Great Masters of the Renaissance.
It is made with egg yolk and is a permanent fast-drying paint. It is very hard
to find today as few brands make it. One of the most popular brands in the
artist paint world Daler-Rowney in the UK do still make this for artists. It is
designed for artist use and not for school. See: www.dale…
Get the children using their hands with this fun thumb and finger print activity. The children will love getting their hands messy to create colourful fun animals and later they can then add details to give them life. In this activity the children will be using skills such as painting, drawing and writing. These are great to make fun Easter cards and they are personal to each child with their own unique thumbprint being using to create colourful artwork. LEVEL: Pre-school and Primary. You will need: Tempera Poster Paint – Yellow, Red and Black. Any colours.. Paper Marker Pen Paper Towels – for wiping hands. Let’s get started: 1. Provide the children with the materials and explain that they are going to be making some paintings using their thumbs and fingers. 2. Paint a colour on to the fingers on one hand. One colour per brush and one colour per thumb or finger. Painting thinner is better that thick as you are stamping prints no…