I’d like to tell you about the ways to clean
your brushes now. There’s two products that we use. One is Turpenoid. I don’t know if
you’ve ever heard of that. We usually keep it in a jar. And it’s turpentine that is odorless.
And they turned to Turpenoid because when they were doing classes and had a lot of ladies
painting, the turpentine odor became so strong that it was actually unhealthy. So we’ve gone
to Turpenoid, which is odorless works the same way as turpentine does. When you have
paint in your brush like this, when you have paint in your brush and you’re painting on
your tile and you want to switch to another color, you need to use the Turpenoid. And
squeeze it out on a paper towel, and then you check it out to make sure you’ve got most
of the color out. And then you have to dip it back into the medium to condition it. And
you can see how much paint is still left in there. So then you can squeeze it out one
more time. And now you can go to another color, which I’ll do right now. Say that we want
to use orange or red. And now we’ve got a clean, clear red. So Turpenoid you use to
clean the paint out of your brush, but you do not do it every time because it dries out
your brush. Basically you just want to do it if you’re going from a dark color to a
light color. Otherwise, you can actually use your medium to clean out your brush, and I’ll
show you what I mean by that. So I’m going to take a little bit of this light turquoise
and put it here, and then I can squeeze that excess paint out. I can dip it in the oil
and I’m conditioning my brush by doing this. That’s very important because that keeps your
bristles together, and leaves you a straight clean edge to work with. And you just squeeze
that out slightly, and you can go to a purple, and you can blend in with that. Because they
will not make a muddy color together when you’re using colors that are very much the
same and not using things that are completely opposite. Where that comes in to play mostly
is if you are using a dark brown, such as this, and you want to go to a light yellow.
You can see that that is not a pure yellow, because you have the dark color in your brush.
That’s why you would go to the Turpenoid because you want to save your medium. You can clean
it as well with medium, but it’ll take three times as much medium. So you just lightly
dip it in, blot it on there. See, the brown’s coming out, not the yellow. Dip it in again,
work it on your tile to get through there. Dip it out. Now, we’ll dip to the yellow and
now this is the color we have. So you can see why it’s important to use the Turpenoid
when you’re going from a dark color to a light, or from an extreme change. Okay, the other
cleaning tool that you’ll use is called a denatured alcohol, and I keep mine in a little
spray bottle. And basically what you do, before you ever paint on your blank porcelain, is
you spray the alcohol on the blank, like that, and you wipe it clean. This takes any grease,
any fingerprints, anything like that off and you have a nice, clean blank to start with.
So that’s the other cleaning agent that you use. That sums it up for the Turpenoid and
the denatured alcohol and how to clean your brushes and your porcelain, and then you’re
ready to paint.