Decorative Painting Tips: Miscellaneous
- To create a perfect
holder for the bottoms of just-painted boxes that need a
place to dry, turn a long-stemmed wine
or champagne glass upside down and place the wet box on
it with the bottom facing up.
When painting very small items that
need paint on all sides and edges stick a push-pin in them
and hold the pin while you paint. Then push the pin head
into a piece of Styrofoam® to let the piece dry.
Keep a magnifying glass with your
painting supplies so you can see any fine detail work in
patterns and pictures.
For quick clean-up of messy hands,
buy a container of baby wipes (preferably the ones where
you pull a towel out from a hole in the lid at the top)
and pour in a bottle of rubbing alcohol (other names are
surgical spirit, isopropyl alcohol) which you can buy at
a pharmacy. Always keep this at your painting table and
take it to seminars or classes with you - it's very handy
for a quick clean-up when you've got paint on your hands!
When using an eraser to remove tracing
lines from your finished project, first rub the eraser
over a piece of cloth to remove any hard spots or dark
smudges on the eraser.
Undercoat an area you want to paint
gold with red, and silver with a bright blue like pthalo
blue. It makes your gold or silver vibrant and also gives
you better coverage.
- Always shampoo a new mop brush before
you use it to remove any loose hairs. Allow the brush to
dry flat instead of upright, so the water doesn't stay
in the ferrule and loosen even more hairs.
If, while working with a mop brush,
it begins to lose hairs, wrap your hand with masking tape--sticky
side out--and run the mop brush over this sticky tape on
your hand. The tape will grab any hairs that are about
to fall onto your painting.
Never forget to wash your mop brush
after use. It hardly gets wet so its very easy to think
you needn't clean it! If you forget, whatever paint or
medium you have used will dry and harden in the mop brush
and render it completely useless.
When using a bristle or stencil brush
for the first time, e.g. in faux finish projects, wash
it well under the tap and tug at the hairs so that you
remove any loose hairs. Otherwise, hairs may drop from
the brush as you're painting and harden on your surface.