I’ve invested a lot of money in good-quality brushes, so I’m always looking for ways to keep them in the best shape possible. To that end, I recently bought several of those little, green plastic tubes that you often get on rose stems or other cut flowers from my local florist. (Depending on the florist, they cost about 10 to 25 cents each.) To protect the bristles of my brushes while transporting them to and from class or painting expeditions, I slide my brushes, bristle-end first into the tubes. Now, I can throw my brushes in my travel case without worrying about damaging them.