There's an interesting thing that happens when I share my skills, teach techniques and inspire others to explore their own creativity: I realize that I know more than I thought I knew. I'm reinforcing what I've learned over the years, things that have become 'intuitive' are the result of years of play and practice. Experience is a wonderful teacher, and passing it on to others cements that knowledge and helps us grow. When I offer workshops, I often have 'Aha!' moments, the sudden realizations that I've got a technique that I didn't know I had, that comes to me because I've been asked to explain how I do what I do. And sometimes, the participants share their own wonderful ideas. That symbiosis is really exciting!
When cleaning the brushes, make sure that you clean them thoroughly, all the way to the base of the bristles. I use Murphy's Oil Soap, but liquid dish detergent also works well. Don't leave the brushes standing on the base of the handle. That causes any remaining paint residue and water to drip into the base where the bristles are attached, instead of draining. And don't squish the bristles by standing them up straight either, since that will cause them to bend and twist. I use this drain that fits over the sink in my studio. The holes in the bottom allow the water to drain, the bristles to dry flat and the brushes to last - at least a little longer.
Do you have any tips to share? I'd happily pass them along. Send me your ideas and I'll pass it forward!
Have a glorious and creative day!