Artist's Oil Paints & Simple Non Toxic Cleaning UpTuesday, June 22, 2010
|Photo by dugspr — Home for Good|
- Wipe off as much excess paint onto a rag or paper towel as possible.
- Swirl the brushes in a jar filled with vegetable oil to remove as much paint as you can.
- Wipe the brushes cleanish on a rag or paper towel.
- Give the brushes a final swirling, one at a time, in a second jar only partly filled with vegetable oil. When this jar's oil has become too filthy I decant this oil into another big jar. Then I put in another small amount - about an inch - of fresh oil into the second jar for the final swirling of the next few brushes.
- Then I wash the brushes in soap or dishwashing liquid and warm water, and carefully dry and shape them. (update - I have also discovered Disolv non toxic oil clean up for professional artists for this step and it is truly a wonder product made from waxes and detergents. It's an Australian made product too!)
Now they are as clean as they would be using OMS, as well as lovely and soft. My hands don't stink or have skin flaking off them and my head doesn't pound from the fumes that hang about for hours even with all the windows open. Win win win.