Hanging Your Brushes Out to Dry

To allow my brushes to dry upside down, I secure the handles in a plastic mesh scouring pad (the kind used to clean nonstick pots and pans). It works like this: To start, I simply run a piece of yarn through the center of a scouring pad and attach it to the back of my easel. After cleaning my brushes, I push the handles up through the bottom of the pad. The mesh holds the brushes securely upside down allowing the water to drain naturally from the bristles.

Stephen Quiller studied art at Colorado State University. After teaching art on the high school level for three years, he launched a full-time painting career in 1973. Since then, his work has grown to receive numerous awards. He’s a member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the Rocky Mountain Watercolor Society, the Society for Painters in Casein and Acrylic and is listed in who’s Who in American Art. An active instructor and author, Quiller conducts several workshops throughout the United States each year, and has produced a number of instructional tapes in cooperation with Crystal Productions. His most recent book, A Painter’s Guide to Color (Watson Guptill) was released early this year. He’s represented by Quiller Gallery (Creede, Colorado) and the Mission Gallery (Taos, New Mexico). To see more of his work, check out his Web site at: www.quillergallery.com.

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