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Acrylic painting: A Beginners Guide

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  1. 1. Acrylic Painting: A Beginners Guide
  2. 2. Anatomy Lesson: Get to know your paintbrush
  3. 3. Tips to keep your paintbrushes happy and help them have a long lifespan: 1. Never let acrylic paint dry on a paintbrush 2. Don’t get paint on the ferrule 3. Don’t rest your paintbrush with bristles down in a cup of water. * Best way to rest your paintbrush McArdle, Thaneeya. "How to Clean a Paintbrush: Lean How to Take Good Care of Your Paintbrush." Art Is Fun. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Oct. 2015.
  4. 4. What to do in an emergency? • Sometimes the unexpected happens. If there is a sudden emergency or interruption (the phone ringing) and you need to dash off in a rush, try to take the extra 10 seconds to do this: • Quickly swish your paintbrush in water, then squeeze out the excess paint and water in a paper towel or rag. Then quickly swish it again in the water and leave it gently resting across the rim of your water cup. • This simple procedure can be done in under 10 seconds. This way, if you are gone for a while, the brush will stand a better chance of being saved. Leaving it hairs down in a container of water will ruin it, so why take the chance? Of course, use common sense though. For example, if your studio is on fire, save yourself. You can always buy new brushes! That’s an extreme example, but you know what I mean. McArdle, Thaneeya. "How to Clean a Paintbrush: Lean How to Take Good Care of Your Paintbrush." Art Is Fun. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Oct. 2015.
  5. 5. Benve, Robie. "Guide to Choosing the Best Paint Brushes for Acrylics and Oils." HubPages. HubPages, n.d. Web. 11 Oct. 2015. Updated May 20, 2015 1. Remove as much excess wet paint from the brush as possible, either by rinsing, or wiping with a rag or other absorbent material. 2. Massage the paint out of the bristles with warm running water. If the paint started to dry already, use a stiff brush to loosen and remove any paint build-up. 3. Wash in soapy water. Massage the brush thoroughly in warm, not hot, soapy water and gently kneed the bristles. I like to “brush” circles on the palm of your hand, making sure the soapy water penetrates inside the bristle. 4. Rinse and Dry. Rinse and then shake the remaining water out of the bristles and store the brush flat, make sure not to bend the bristles. The storage area should be cool and dry, away from any sources of heat.
  6. 6. Brush Shapes and What They Do: AOE Supply. "Royal Softgrip Brushes." Brush Shapes and What They Do. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Oct. 2015.

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