The traditional method of storing your brushes, especially whilst painting, is to pop them upside down with the bristles up in a holder. You even find water pots with holes already made to stand your brushes in. The problem I find with this is that the water left in your brush soaks down through the metal ferrule and into the wooden handle, causing that easily recognised horrible brush handle paint splinter!
Do you have the same problem with the paint on your brush handles splitting and peeling away? In the past I’ve resorted to wrapping sellotape around the handle, but it is never the same as the feel of smooth undamaged paint between your fingers. ☹️ So I got to thinking….. 🤔
Now I love to make things which solve a problem or that simply do what I want them to do. When I’m not painting or out bird watching I’m often to be found in the garage amongst my woodworking tools, hammering and creating on a slightly bigger and in a more rustic style to my fine detailed paintings!
Firstly I got my ideas for the design down on paper.
As you can see from my photos this is a budget idea so all you need is a cheap broom handle, a block of wood and a foam tube from a paint roller. You can also use the grey foam pipe insulation, this is a little tougher to push your brushes into but does still work.
I would suggest that if the piece of wood you use for the base is lightweight, that you may need to put something heavy over the top of it to prevent it moving when you push your brushes back into the foam, or alternatively blu-tac it to your desk to stop it moving. My base was a piece of old oak so nice and heavy and really stable.
Should you fancy having a go at making my ‘Budget Brush Holder’ hopefully the photos here are enough for you to give it a go.
Please leave a comment and let me know how you get on. Or perhaps you have another method of preserving the life of your brushes – I would love to know what it is. 😉
Until next time, bye for now,