Words of Wisdom 

Tips, hints and suggestions for decorative painting, folk art painting, etc.

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Acrylic Paint

Use an old glue cap and put it on an acrylic paint bottle to be able to write in color. Indulgy

BRUSH CARE

Make sure you clean your brushes after every session at the easel. There are professional brush cleaners you can buy at your local art supply store. Pickering Studio

COLOR CLARITY WHEN PAINTING

Keep the brush your are using clean and dry. With a soft rag, gently wipe the bristles before dipping into new colors. Pickering Studio

DECORATIVE PAINTING

Store bottles of paint in shallow baskets, grouped by color families. Paint 'n Pine

DECORATIVE PAINTING

When doing line work with a script or liner brush, slow down at curves so the bristles keep their pointed shape and don't spread. Folkart.net

DECORATIVE PAINTING

When a paint bottle is nearing empty, add a little water, and label it “Thinned” . This paint is great for washes, lettering, vines, or anything else that requires paint thinned to an inky consistency. Folkart.net

DECORATIVE PAINTING - BASECOATING

Use a good quality brush with soft bristles for basecoating - one that you use specifically for painting. Use a separate brush for varnishing if you can afford it. Artezan

FOAM BRUSHES

Foam Brushes are perfect for base painting many wood projects (such as plaques, shelves, boxes, ect). They make base painting quick and smooth looking. The Stencilsmith

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KIDS ART APRON

Repurpose an over-sized tee shirt into an art apron. Needlepointers.com

PAINTING

When doing line work with a script or liner brush, slow down at curves so the bristles keep their pointed shape and don't spread. Folkart.net

PAINTING

Don't store your brushes in an air tight container. If you put them away wet, they will rot. Artistic Seasons

PAINTING

Make your own scruffy brush. Dip one of your old brushes in snow tex, rub the snow tex in, let dry, wash, rinse and you have the best scruffy ever made. Artistic Seasons

PAINTING

When floating color to shade and highlight let each layer dry before applying subsequent layers otherwise you will lift the paint you just applied. Loew Cornell

PAINTING

You can take any pattern to a copy machine and enlarge or reduce it to fit on any surface. Folk Art

PAINTING

When a paint bottle is nearing empty, add a little water, and label it “Thinned” . This paint is great for washes, lettering, vines, or anything else that requires paint thinned to an inky consistency. Submitted by Leslie Kobus at Folk Art

PAINTING

Baby wipes are handy for quick clean-up of paint spills or to remove paint from hands when necessary. Submitted by Leslie Kobus at Folk Art

PAINTING

Don't store your brushes in an air tight container. If you put them away wet, they will rot. Artistic Seasons

PAINTING

Place your paint pallet on a damp washrag to slow the drying process. i-craft

PAINTING

Use the laser side of junk mail CD's as a paint pallet. It has a finger hole to hold it and colors mix well, and wipe or rinse off easily. i-craft

PAINTING

Paint a file cabinet (or an old metal locker) and fill the drawers and shelves with craft supplies, pots, paper goods, plastic storage containers or pantry staples. Country Sampler Decorating Ideas

PAINTING

Whenever a project calls for painting try to use spray paint for large items or painting in quantity. Acrylic paint is excellent for small items. CraftClick

PAINTING

Baby oil is the best and most economical product to get oil paints from hands,(and arms, face,etc.)after tole painting. Pat Bennett, Tole World

PAINTING

When beginning your painting, always start with the lightest color and finish with your darkest color, this way your paint water will stay clean longer. Painting on Jars

PAINTING

Freezer paper makes for great inexpensive painters palette. It is available in most grocery stores anytime of the year. Painting on Jars

PAINTING

Don't throw out those old hairblowers, speed up drying time by using these on your projects. The Decorative Touch

PAINTING

If you have the type of ceiling fan with solid wood blades, try decorating the underside of the blade with a design to match your decor. For example, a floral design from your drapery fabric, your bed linen, wallpaper design or border design. The Decorative Touch

PAINTING

Save plastic yogurt cups to mix paint in. If you need to keep for awhile, cover with plastic wrap, and wrap a rubber band around the cup. Paint 'n Pine

PAINTING

To remove paint from projects--vodka works very well--no fumes, no damage to your project--wood, fabric or otherwise--works great, use it on a q-tip or small square of cloth--give it a try, it REALLY WORKS. F. LaReane Sullivan

PAINTING PALETTE

Recycle large plastic lids by using them for paint palettes.

PAINTING SMALL ITEMS

When painting very small items that need paint on all sides and edges stick a push-pin in them and hold the pin while you paint. Then push the pin head into a piece of Styrofoam® to let the piece dry. Artezan

PAPER PLATES AND PAPER TOWELS

Paper plates are a great place to pour your paint. (Quick clean up and cheap). You also want to have a few paper towels nearby, for dabbing/wiping brushes and easy quick cleaning. The Stencilsmith

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