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Load a paint brush

Listed under Blog Posted Jun 22 2014

How do you load a paint brush? To its full capacity I hope, and not like this.

loading a brush with acrylic eggshell

Best brush when loaded properly

To judge whether a brush is any good or not, it is only right to at least use it as it was designed to be used.

The above picture of the Picasso shows that it has just been dunked in acrylic paint. If you removed the excess paint on the edge of the tin and started painting, you would be using it at about 1/3 of its painting capacity, or maybe even less.

The Picasso for instance is designed with a reservoir in the middle of the brush, and when fully charged, this reservoir serves paint to the tips of the bristles. The harder you push/press down, the more paint is pushed from the reservoir to the tips, and the longer you can paint for, the longer a line you can strike. But if your brush’s reservoir is half empty, (because you have only charged half your brush), you won’t know exactly what the brush is capable of doing. (A longer indepth explanation of loading paint Picasso style.)

Synthetic bristles need to be dampened with water before they ever see a tin of paint. This priming / soaking principle then continues when you first dunk the bristles in the paint. You should spend a couple of minutes charging your brush, charging the reservoir, if it has one, before you start painting. And then the charging. loading and priming of the bristles and reservoir continues during use. It can be 20 mins at least of hard use before you a brush is working as nature intended, so 20 minutes before you should start to judge whether a brush is any good or not. And if you keep your eyes open, you will find a good brush gets better and better.

This is the progress made with a Wooster Ultra Pro sable, my first ever Wooster brush. It seems to be a bit “rubbish” at cutting lines, but by persevering and increasing the paint load, it gets better and better with the same amount of paint from each new dip.

Look at the time and effort that goes into loading a tiny 2.5″ sword liner for pinstriping. No little dibs and dabs into the paint for little lines. Get that puppy loaded and all but dripping, and get it primed to paint 24″ uninterrupted skinny lines of beauty.

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