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So you got yourself a water brush, now what? Well, there are a few things you can do with it, of course, you can use it to paint beautiful landscapes, people, abstract art and more, but here, we'll use it for lettering.
But before you get to that part, (coming next week) let's talk about the different way to use it and how to take care of it so it lasts you a long time.
These Pentel Brushes are my absolute favorite, you can clearly see the love in my eyes, haha, they just get me. They know my style, they know how I want to form my letters and they even come back to life after being killed, by me.
So today I will show you how to use them and how to bring them back to life if you've killed yours too.
5 ways to use it
1. Fill with water
2. Dip in ink
3. Use with watercolors
4. Fill with watercolors
5. Fill with ink
Check out the video to see all these in action
After using your brush, you should CLEAN it. Make sure the bristles are free of ink or paint before letting it dry. To make sure of that, while cleaning your brush, put water into the reservoir and squeeze. Make sure the water coming out of it is clear.
If you're using watercolors, there is less risk of clogging, but I still wouldn't take a chance. Believe me, I've been there.
Oops, I forgot to clean it
No worries, if you only dipped your brush in ink or watercolor and you forgot to clean it, and it was left out overnight or for a few hours and now the bristles are dry, there is hope. This happens to me all the time, and the good news is it's most likely fine.
Just run it under warm water, you can use some brush cleaning soap to give it a better clean and just remember not to bend the tip while it's dry. Get it wet first and then gently clean the bristles. Or just drop it in some water and walk away for a while, and then it'll be softer to clean.
Holy moly, it's clogged!
Oh boy, what did you do. Have I not warned you enough? I'm kidding, don't worry, there is a solution to this BIG problem.
I've clogged 3 brushes, and last week I figured out how to fix them. Good old paint thinner and time did the trick.
Pour some paint thinner or alcohol into a jar and drop the tips in there, let them soak for a few hours or over night and see if that solves the problem.
Although if the ink has been sitting there for months, it may be time to say goodbye and get a new one.
I've also tried taking a needle and just poking into the bristles to see if that helps loosen any clogs.
Paint thinner supposably dissolves plastic, I'm not gonna go into research, so don't use this method too much, just in major clogs.
How to do lettering with brushes
In part 2 of this little series I show you how to actually use these brushes to do your lettering. I'll show you a few tips and some worksheets that you can practice on right away.
Also, don't forget to JOIN the FREE Facebook lettering group where letterers of all kinds can come together and ask the community for feedback and ask questions. Let's all learn together.