Washing a brush seems simple enough:
Step 1. Get the paint out
Step 2. Congratulate yourself on your success.
Obvious, no? I was years out of art school, and I had ruined several hundreds of dollars of brushes before I learned how to properly care for my tools. Below are two simple videos on brush care. The first is by Will Kemp, specially for acrylic painters. The second is by Marco Cutrone, has a pleasant guitar accompaniment, and is for acrylic and oil.
- Squeeze out excess paint into rag or paper towel
- Rinse in acrylic brushes in water, oil brushes in oil or paint thinner
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 (above) 4,782 times
- Scrub with soap (always pull, never push, shove or bash the brush)
- Dry bristles up, or laying horizontal. Never set brushes bristles down in a jar.
- Reshape using Masters soap like a hair gel, if needed