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Is there an international standard for cruelty free natural brush bristles?

Note: Apologies. My original answer focused on the predominant types of natural bristles (which don't have issues of animal cruelty), and skipped the small market segment that is associated with ...
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How can I clean a paintbrush used in acrylic paint?

Dipping your brush into water isn't going to do anything other than get your brush wet. To actually clean a brush, you need physical agitation, and I don't mean "swish it around in the water jar a few ...
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How can I clean a paintbrush used in acrylic paint?

Clean them fast. Acryclic paint dries quickly, so it's important to clean your paintbrushes as soon as possible after you've finished using them, so that the paint doesn't get the chance to start ...
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What are the different type of paint brush bristles?

Natural vs synthetic I did a bit of research into this and found that there are two main kinds of paintbrush bristles: natural (usually made from animal hair) and synthetic (usually made from some ...
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Is there an international standard for cruelty free natural brush bristles?

The only concrete way to ensure your brushes are cruelty free is to buy synthetic!
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How to choose a synthetic brush for water colors?

I think it goes without saying that softer paints need softer bristles. In my personal experience, the best brush for water colors looks a lot like a calligraphy brush (just a bit smaller). You should ...
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How to know if brush contains hog/pig hair or not?

USE Hog hair or hog bristle brushes are stiff, strong, and durable. Having frayed ends, the bristles are usually not appropriate for watercolouring, as they aren't able to soak up a lot of water, but ...
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Will alcohol based paint ruin my brushes?

For 10 years I worked with alcohol based paints in my temporary tattoo biz. Besides using an airbrush I often used paint brushes of different quality. I would not use the turpentine to clean your ...
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Will alcohol based paint ruin my brushes?

It depend on your brushes and if : they contain glue or not to hold the hair the hair are in synthetic material (should not be your case since you have kolinsky sable brushes) In both case I would ...
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Can I use the same brush for oil and acrylic painting?

The most important thing is to keep your brushes clean and dry between uses. Use a mild soap and lukewarm water (marseille soap is my favorite) to clean your brushes after you have used them, whether ...
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Pony hair vs synthetic hair painting brushes

It depends on the synthetic brush that is available. Generally speaking, pony hair brushes are often used in schools since they are inexpensive, yet strong and soft. However, they do not retain the ...
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What is the difference between miniature and standard brushes?

"Miniature" is a reference to the length of the tuft of bristles from end of the ferrule to the tip of the brush. There is no standard to how measurements for artist's brushes are shown. The ...
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How can I get dried Elmer's white glue out of hard bristle paint brushes?

Soaking them in warm/hot water is the common procedure for removing Elmer's glue. Elmer's glue is specifically water-soluble — so if it isn't coming out then maybe it is not Elmer's. Make sure the ...
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How do I maintain my oil paint brushes?

When I'm done painting, this is how I clean up. I've kept some brushes for years like this: Soak the brush in white spirit for a minute or so Gently massage the bristles to loosen the paint and make ...
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Restoring a dried-out cartridge brush pen

While the ink may not dissolve completely, it might still loosen up to a certain extent using hot water. It only needs to be able to become flexible again, after all. First of all, I'd try to hold it ...
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How can I keep my paint brushes long lasting?

How can I keep my paint brushes long lasting? Awaiting more specific information, I can already tell it's best to rinse your brushes directly after every use. Whether it's oil or acrylic you're ...
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What can I use to make watercolour brushes?

THE BRUSHES Animal hair While it will be hard (or unethical) to come by kolinsky, wolf, red sable, or even badger or squirrel hair, some types of hair that are appropriate for watercolouring can be ...
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What are the different type of paint brush bristles?

Traditionally soft brushes have been quirrel (targeted at children/schools) and sable. For watercolor-like techniques squirrel is terrible as it does not retain its form when wet, unlike sable, which ...
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How do I clean dried brushes?

You need a Brush Cleaner and Restorer formulated for this task. There are a few of these available, only in art supply stores; you'll want to check with the ones around you to see what you can ...
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What are the different type of artist brush configurations and their purposes?

Well, this topic takes up six pages in Ralph Mayer's "The Artist's Handbook" (5th edition) but I'll take a stab at it: Sables and their imitations, soft fine bristles, are for delicate work where you ...
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Which roller is best for applying paint to a plaster jar?

While there's minimal difference functionally between the two types of roller, for the case you have specified here, covering a curved surface, neither is a suitable choice. A paint roller is designed ...
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Can an ultrasonic cleaner be safely used on budget art and crafts tools?

I use ultrasonic cleaners in work quite a bit, and have also used them for cleaning bike parts and tools, so here are some thoughts from that: Anything made as one part (cookie cutters, some ...
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Techniques for Achieving Texture Variation with NumeralPaint Kits?

My personal experience with the paint by numbers kits is that: They contain watery paints that deliberately have a uniform flat texture. They are probably supposed to resemble an Aquarelle painting ...
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Can I use salt water with watercolours?

Yes, you can use salt water with water colours. But remember, table salt (or salt water) is highly hydrophilic. Salt attracts water. Anywhere salt is present on your paper it will attract water from ...
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How can I clean a paintbrush used in acrylic paint?

To quickly clean between color changes, I put a kitchen sponge in an old mushroom container, fill it with hot water and use it to wash the brush by dragging it back and forth over the hot, damp sponge....
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How can I get dried Elmer's white glue out of hard bristle paint brushes?

Although this link is for the removal of Elmer's Glue from clothing and fabrics, the basic principles can be applied to paint brushes too. How to remove glue from clothing and fabric: When dry, do ...
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How do I clean dried brushes?

I used paint thinner to wash and clean the brush first. And after a while, rinsed with kerosene. That worked and saved my brushes.
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What brand/type of acrylic paints is recommended to paint ceramic pots without leaving brush marks?

A few options: Watering down the paint (as mentioned in the comments) Acrylic paint can be thinned by adding water until brush strokes self-level. If you want to be uptight, use distilled water. ...
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Which roller is best for applying paint to a plaster jar?

It is mentioned that you would like to use it as a gloss finish. Foam would be ideal for gloss shine. But not sure if the roller would be an effective way of using it. Questionable These types of ...
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How do I clean dried brushes?

As an alternative, I have used a low-fume paint stripper to smother the brushes in, and then wrap in clingwrap, and let soak for several hours. (I have not tried paint thinnners: this probably works ...
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