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Techniques for Achieving Texture Variation with NumeralPaint Kits?

I have been exploring the world of paint by numbers through NumeralPaint kits and am quite fascinated by the potential for artistic expression. I am currently on a quest to discover ways to achieve ...
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How do I make home-made environmentally friendly paint brushes?

Some paint brushes require people to transport plastic, wood, or fibers for bristles to a paint-brush factory in a tractor trailer (aka semi-truck). The tractor trailers burn fossil fuels. If the ...
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Can an ultrasonic cleaner be safely used on budget art and crafts tools?

Cleaning large quantities of budget arts and crafts tools by hand in a sink is a chore. Is it safe to load them into an ultrasonic cleaner with warm water and just leave it to do its thing, or is it ...
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Which roller is best for applying paint to a plaster jar?

I have a new raw plaster jar, as shown below: I want to paint it using this Gold metallic paint from AkzoNobel: Levi's - Multipurpose Metallic Decorative Paint Gold I have these two 10-cm rollers, ...
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Is there an international standard for cruelty free natural brush bristles?

Is there an international standard for brushes that use animal hair bristles that shows them to be cruelty free? For example that the animals were raised and slaughtered under humane conditions, or ...
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What brand/type of acrylic paints is recommended to paint ceramic pots without leaving brush marks?

Not sure if it's the brushes or the brand of acrylic paints (DecoArt or Martha Stewart Satin Finish) I use, but I'd like to achieve a smooth finish when I paint my ceramic pots.
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Restoring a dried-out cartridge brush pen

One of my all-time favorite drawing tools is the Pentel Pocket Brush pen, a cartridge brush pen ("fudepen") with a bristled tip instead of the more common flexible nylon tip. Unfortunately, ...
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How to choose a synthetic brush for water colors?

Well, synthetic brushes are considered horrible for their water holding capacity as compared to natural hair brushes. Now, if I have to choose best out of the worst - how do I do it? Do all synthetic ...
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How to know if brush contains hog/pig hair or not?

How can I know if my brushes contain pig or hog hair? And for what purpose are these brushes actually used; acrylic, oil or watercolor?
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What can I use to make watercolour brushes?

I'm trying to find a way to make my own watercolour brushes, and Google is most unhelpful in finding the raw materials or advice; it just keeps showing me more brushes that are already made. Does ...
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How can I keep my paint brushes long lasting?

I am not a trained artist.My paint brushes are getting damage easily after finishing one or two creations.Below I have added the images of the brush that I am using now.I do not know what are best ...
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Loose ferrules on my oil brushes

A couple of my old bristle brushes have loose ferrules. I am a bit hesitant to tighten the metal with pliers in fear of crushing the wood and making them even looser. Has anyone had any success ...
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Paint brush hair identification

Years ago, when I was a schoolboy, I used this paint brush with natural hair looking bristles. It is from an Indian brand named Camlin. But these types of brushes are no longer available in the market ...
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Is the Pentel Aquash water brush pen worth it?

I've seen a lot of artists use this water brush that you can refill and I was wondering if it really is worth it. I am still a novice when it comes to watercolours and I use normal watercolour brushes....
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How do I clean dried brushes?

I have a bunch of brushes with dried paint and glue. I've tried to clean them up but they're still hard. What medium is best to restore my brushes?
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What are the different type of artist brush configurations and their purposes?

I have bought many paint brushes recently, for acrylic, oil, watercolor, etc. I'm experimenting with paint at this stage. Some of the brush packages have little charts showing what the different ...
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Can I use the same brush for oil and acrylic painting?

I have a nice set of brushes that I frequently use for painting with acrylics. As I don't want to buy new brushes I would like to use these brushes also for oil. Is there any reason why I cannot use ...
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Can I use salt water with watercolours?

I'm going to the seaside at the weekend, and I plan on using my watercolours while I'm there as a way to relax. I have these brushes that can store water in the end of them so I don't need to bring a ...
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What is the difference between miniature and standard brushes?

I'm looking at Winsor and Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable brush and found online the standard series and the miniature one. I'm not sure if the difference is in the the stable or in the holding part.
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Pony hair vs synthetic hair painting brushes

Which one out of "pony hair" and "synthetic hair" painting brushes should be used for water colour paintings and cloth painting? Is one in any case superior than the other in terms of quality? Which ...
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How can I clean a paintbrush used in acrylic paint?

When I try to look up videos or tips for painting with acrylic, I always see them dipping the paintbrush into water to clean. But every time I paint with acrylic paint, it seems there is a never ...
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How do I maintain my oil paint brushes?

How can I keep my paint-brushes fresh and clean, soft and so on? Some people clean them with soap while others let them lay in oil over night. You can save a lot of money by taking good care of you ...
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What are the different type of paint brush bristles?

I've heard that the standard craft brushes, which you can buy cheaply for school supplies or children, are rather terrible for advanced art. There are much more expensive brushes, but I don't know ...
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Will alcohol based paint ruin my brushes?

I have some fairly expensive brushes (Newton & Windsor series 7 with kolinsky saber). If I use alcohol based paints with these brushes, will they be ruined, or can I just clean them out with ...
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How can I get dried Elmer's white glue out of hard bristle paint brushes?

I used a class set (I am a teacher) of standard hard bristle paint brushes in a Elmer's white glue and water mixture. Despite washing them numerous times with water and hand soap, they are still rock ...
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