My brushes work very hard for me. I paint with varnish, which is tough on natural hair brushes. I do not have the time to clean my brushes every night, after long painting sessions, or class demonstrations. So, I use them for several days in a row, most times every day for a week. When I change a set of brushes, they are stiff with paint and varnish. They have lost their flexibility and their color is close to a grey-brown that does not wash in paint thinner anymore.
I take these brushes and let them lie down in Brush flush” until I run out of usable brushes and have to wash them. I love the practicality of this. I can wash 40 brushes at a time much more easily than washing 8 brushes 5 times… and I am not afraid to overwork them. Experience has proved to me that they will recover, no matter what.
I also use Brush Flush” on my clothes… even on paint that has been through the dryer. I can clean it with Brush Flush”. So, I do not worry if I miss a spot.
On a recent occasion, I was going to an opening for one of my shows and had to walk through my studio. Well, don’t you know, I had to stop to fix something in my nice clothes. My beautiful handmade Tibetan cashmere scarf dragged into fresh paint. I could hear my mother screaming a thousand miles away! So I quickly walked to the laundry room, rubbed a tiny bit of Brush Flush” on the fresh paint and there it was-as clean as if it never happened.