I believe it was yesterday or the day before yesterday. I was painting one of the figures for my Famo project. And when selecting a most suitable brush for the area I wanted to paint, I came across this brush:
It is part of the brush arsenal set I bought at modelbouwenzo. And I first looked at this brush to be honest. Because I wanted to give the rounded brushes a try. I already cut some of the hairs that sticked out of with a pair of scissors. But I’m not sure what to do with it. Since I can’t use it as it is in current condition. My first thought was to discard the brush and buy a replacement for this one. But maybe, you have an idea or some suggestions what I can do with this?
Usually this kind of problem is caused by acrylic paint drying in the ferrule (the metal part holding the base of the bristles) and causing the bristles to splay. But your brush still looks fairly new, so maybe it’s just a crappy brush! Klause-Adler’s “spit 'n polish” could work, but maybe only temporarily.
When I was studying painting, many, many years ago (and this is not suggesting I have “art school” skills any more; if i ever really did )… as I was saying, I had this painting master who was fanatical about proper brush care. She had three steps.
Thoroughly wash the brush in turpentine (we painted with oils…of course )
Throughly wash with -natural- soap, getting in there with your fingers to gently draw the turps, etc., out. Rinse.
Get a mouthful of spit and lick the back of your hand. Like a slobbering dog lick. Then, depending on the type of brush, you either rolled it through the spit, of dragged it through.