Decorative Artist Uses For Hand Sanitizer

Did you know hand sanitizer gel is great for the decorative artist, for things beyond cleaning and sanitizing your hands? I buy the big pump bottle of Member’s Mark brand hand sanitizer at Sam’s Club and keep it on my studio table… but any brand will do. I buy the little samples sizes at Wally World and they are great for traveling or classes.Cleaning Dirty Brushes… It works great to clean your brushes, even dried in acrylic paints. Squirt a little in your hand and stroke your brush back and forth… even dried acrylics dissolve in a flash. Wipe your brush with a paper towel (I like to fold the towel around the bristles, pulling from ferrule to end of bristles, pinching them flat between my fingers to remove dirty gel), repeat until the gel stays clean. For brushes that are excessively dirty, use one of the little heart scrubby pads. Hold the brush almost horizontal to the pad, and be sure to pull the brush from ferrule to tip of bristles to minimize damage to your bristles. Never scrub back and forth. This little pad will “comb” the dried paint out of your brush. When you have finished, reshape…

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I’m a NEW Blogger / Treasure Box Program

Hi everyone! I’m jumping on the blogging bandwagon. Hopefully, I’ll be able to use this to keep you updated on what’s going on at The Decorative Painting Store, and in my life as a decorative artist. What I’ve Been Up To?This week, I’ve been working on a simple design to include in the new Treasure Box CD which will be coming out at the May convention of the Society of Decorative Painters in Tampa, FL. I’ve done a little design inspired by my standard poodle, Bogart. Read more about the Treasure Box Program. This wonderful program was started by Ladybug (Jan McCraw) in affiliation with Shriners Hospitals to provide a handpainted treasure boxes for children up to 18 years of age who are hospitalized. The 2008 CD will include many designs by a variety of decorative artists. Be sure to visit my website: decorativepaintingstore.com

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