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Artist Tip Taking care of artist brushes
Artist Tips by Ron Gribble
Last post we discussed brush-cleaning devise that I use,
This post I want to stay with brushes.
Generally speaking, good oil painting brushes are not
expensive, but it takes only a minute to prolong their useful life.
I try to remember after each painting session (not so easy
when I am on location) to clean my brushes with clean soapy warm water, as
Wipe the brush across a wet piece of soap until a good
quantity of the soap is worked into the bristles.
Grip the ends of the bristles with one hand and with the
other hand move the brush so that the bristles are splayed out and the soap can
work right up to the ferrule.
Now Place the brush into a sink, and squeeze the soap back
out by pressing the ferrule end of the bristle against the hard surface until
you squeeze out the dirty soapy water. Rinse with warm water
Repeat this until the soapy water that you squeeze out is no
Lastly repeat step one only, then gently mould the bristles
nice and straight leaving a good amount of soap in the bristles. The flat can
have a chisel edge moulded by squeezing gently between thumb and first finger.
Leave to dry, with the soap "training" and
protecting the bristles. You will be able to transport these now without them
bending over if they press against anything. The soap, when dry, can be broken
out again, when you want to use the brush.
In Conclusion, think of your brushes as the instruments of
your trade. Would a surgeon use a dirty scalpel? You must be confident of the
brush mark that will get from a particular brush. If it has dry paint up the
ferrule, You will not get what you expect, ant the result is loss of control,
on the canvas.
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…