Never leave your brushes sitting in a jar of water. The bristles of
your brushes will be irreparably bent out of shape. (Think of what happens to the
brushes children use)
2. Lay brushes flat until they
are dry. If you stand them vertically in a jar to dry, the water
that has a slight hint of colour in it will run down to the ferrule and
sit them accumulating paint and ultimately reducing the lifespan of the
3. Remember to hold your brush vertically when painting, and not at a 45 degree angle for strokework.
4. Floating is technique
which requires practice. Try using retarder or extender on the work
first, then load your colour on one side of the brush, and "blend"
"blend" "blend" on the same spot on a slick surface, with a fair bit of
pressure, which will work the paint across the bristles. If the paint
has gone completely across the bristles, wash out the brush and start
5. Try double loading with the
background colour if you have trouble floating. Don't dabble too much
with a floated area, paint it then set aside.
6. Have a small supply of raw
wood pieces on hand when basecoating items, and any excess paint can be
used up on the spot. Then when you are looking for a small gift, you
have a ready supply of smaller items, on hand ready for decoration. (Always remember to save
some of the background paint for last minute touch-ups.) And a few more:
you are painting fine line work, rest your hand on a small wheat bag or
bean bag and it will hold your hand steady making it easier to get
8. For Tracing designs: Some
of us use our plain paper, top loading fax-copier. We put the tracing
paper in the top along with the regular paper as a backing. Put the
design in the fax-copier and press copy. The design transfers onto the
tracing paper perfectly.
small wooden items, (that you wish to base paint), to a piece of
cardboard with masking tape rolled back on itself, this will then allow
you to paint them without getting paint all over your hands. Or secure
them with contact paper!
10. To keep Acrylic Paints from drying up in hot weather: Add
ice cubes to your water jar, or pour iced water to the sponge under
the palette paper. Keeping your paint cold helps the paint flow and
stops it from drying out or skinning over.