Keep Dirty Brushes Out Of The Way - But Close......

by Peggy
(Easley, SC, USA)

I love painting with dirty brushes, as long as everything doesn't turn brown. But, I was always dropping them or bumping into them.


Then, I heard a tip about filling up a small plastic container with dried rice. Place any brush in there, sticking straight up, and it stays handy, yet out of the way.

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Feb 01, 2011
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another way......
by: Peggy

I am always looking out for a new, better way to keep dirty brushes nearby without a mess. Last week, I was unpacking some of my Mom's old stuff, and I found a shallow sterling silver bowl/dish that was used for cut flowers. It had a criss-cross silver holder that would hold the flower stems in place. So, of course, I thought brushes, instead of flowers. Gone from rice to sterling....paintin' in style!!

Feb 13, 2010
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brushes with bristles in air?
by: Anonymous

What about the theory that one should not stand dirty brushes with the bristles up, the remaing paint runs down into the heel of brush?

Jul 20, 2009
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Brushes
by: mary

I am always loosing the round tops of my brushes, so now I cut drinking straws to the required size and they look nice and clean.

Jul 01, 2009
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brushes out of the way
by: peggy

I'm sorry, I should have specified that it is the brush handle that goes into the rice to keep the brush upright, and yet out of the way. I had tried the brush buddies.....the bars with the places scooped out to lay down brushes. However, the brushes would somehow end up on the floor, getting oil paint on everything all the way down. In fact, even though oil painting has its own necessary expenses, I have found that the most expensive thing for me has been the clothes I have ruined.

Jul 01, 2009
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brushes in rice
by: Anonymous

brush in rice? or wooden part in rice?

Jun 30, 2009
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BRUSH CADDY
by: frank gage

I have visited a few building sites and collected 4x6 and 6x8 remnants. With a forstner bit in my drill press I have made holes of various sizes for different size brushes. These "brush caddies" are too heavy to slide around or accidentally knock off my drawing table like the cup ideas. Being the clutz that I am this works great.

Jun 29, 2009
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keeping dirty brushes
by: Christina

I use a small paint roller tray and fill the paint area with water. This way the brushes can be laid down without the brushes touching the end so they don't lose their points. You can buy these small ones anywhere now and they only cost about £1 and I use the roller sponge on a piece of dowling as a mahl stick - it fits perfectly and comes to pieces for transporting.

Jun 29, 2009
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Thanks Peggy!
by: olivia

The rice for holding brushes is a great idea!
Doing it today.

Jun 29, 2009
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Thanks Peggy!
by: olivia

The rice for holding brushes is a great idea!
Doing it today.

Jun 29, 2009
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Thanks Peggy!
by: olivia

The rice for holding brushes is a great idea!
Doing it today.

Jun 29, 2009
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I read somewhere on the site that...
by: Jill

Bob actually said something about how rice cleans brushes, but I don't remember exactly what he said.
Good tip!

Jun 29, 2009
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Great idea!
by: Penny

Great idea to use rice to hold your dirty brushes. I plan to use this right away.

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