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Crafting rule #1: Put on your oldest shirt because paint doesn't wash out.
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By Diane Hunt
Hello my name is Diane Hunt and I will tackle almost any craft project dealing with ceramics or any other craft media! I offer classes each month (Saturday’s only) at a cost of $15.00 plus taxes for almost anything in the shop. So put on your ...
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Hello my name is Diane Hunt and I will tackle almost any craft project dealing with ceramics or any other craft media! I offer classes each month (Saturday’s only) at a cost of $15.00 plus taxes for almost anything in the shop. So put on your oldest shirt (the paint will not wash out) and come join me in a wonderful stress reliever. Call me at 870-777-3862 or text at 870-331-4255 for class information, or purchase bisk or greenware. I have learned some important lessons by trial and error. But the one thing to remember is there are no mistakes in painting ceramics, if you don’t like how it looks, just start over. I have taught classes to some wonderful students from the ages of 2 to 63 years young, and am looking forward to teaching more as the years go by. Everyone has some type of talent hidden deep down inside of them. All they need is a little direction to find their talent. With the right equipment, molds, brushes, paint etc. anyone can make a piece they can be proud of! Just think of someone special in your life, if you made a special piece and gave to them, think of the joy it would bring them. They will treasure it for the rest of their lives!
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By Diane Hunt
March 12, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Have you ever wondered why your paint brushes don’t seem to last as long as you think they should?  Some of your brushes may already have dry paint caked in the brush near the ferrule (the metal part of the paint brush).  A small fortune can be spent on brushes but with these tips hopefully you will be able to cut your cost.

You want to avoid paint build up in your brushes!  To do this, always start by dipping your brush in water (all brushes except a dry brush) work the water into the bristles and pat on a paper towel.  Then dip into your paint and do not load the brush up to the ferrule. Rinse your brush out regularly to help avoid paint build up.  When you finish painting, rinse the brush in water.  Do not leave your paint brush setting in water for a long period of time.  This will cause the outer cover of the paint brush to peal off and the bristles to spread out.  However, if this happens it is not the end of the world, these brushes can be used to make wonderful leaves if you oil paint.  They are also good for base coating pieces.

I like to use Ivory soap to clean my paint brushes, or you can purchase brush cleaners at your local craft store.  Do this by gently brushing the bristle so the brush back and forth across the soap and rinse thoroughly.  When you are finished washing out the brushes, leave them laying flat on paper towels and allow to dry completely before storing the brushes.   You never want to store the paint brushes wet as the water will pool down in the ferrule and over time will ruin the brush.

Hopefully, this will help you.  Until next week,

 

Diane

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