How to clean and conserve your Art du Coco Brushes

You might have noticed that our uniquely designed and developed Art du Coco brushes aren’t cheap.

The reason is that they are of very high quality, and worth the investment. But a good brush is only worth it if you can get the most use out of it. If you treat your Art du Coco paint brushes just like your $1 ones, you are wasting your investment.

 

Clean your brushes immediately after using them! When you are having an artistic moment, it may be tempting to leave a dirty brush to sit for a while  you grab another one to complete your masterpiece. Resist! Especially in the case of painting with water based paint like Paint du Coco or Chalk it Up!, forgetting to clean a brush often means buying a new one.

After too many sessions of neglect and non-thorough cleanings, a brush will be ready for the trash bin.

Make sure to clean the base of the bristles! The area near the ferrule is often the hardest to clean, but it’s actually just as important for maintaining a brush’s shape as the tip. Any paint residue that coats the bristles at their base will prevent them from coming together at the top. Gradually, your brush tip will become more and more spread apart until it no longer holds its shape.

Our round brushes, we call the “Grandfather” brushes, are from an old fashion design with a modern twist. We did improve the balance of the brush to please the most discriminating (professional) painter but kept the unique rope around the bottom of the bristles. Users can untie the knot and rewind the rope to give the bristles more support and the result is that the bristles will come together again at the top so we can continue using them as a master tool!

Do not store your brushes vertically in water!

There are a few good reasons not to do this. The pressure on the brush can permanently misshape the bristles, bending them or spreading them out so they no longer come to a point. If they are left too long to rest on the bristles, most brushes will never regain their original shape.

The other reason not to do this has to do with the the ferrule. The water you use to clean your brush could also eat away at the glue inside the ferrule holding the bristles to the handle. Water can eventually cause the wooden handle to swell or crack, also potentially damaging the ferrule.

If you’ve ever picked up a brush from a jar of cloudy water only to find a handle without a ferrule or bristles, you know what I’m talking about.

Store your clean brushes vertically head-side up or horizontally.

Make sure that brushes aren’t resting against the tips of other brushes, or they can become deformed. Many artists keep their brushes rolled in canvas sleeves with individual pockets for each brush, or in drawers. As long the head is undisturbed, a brush should be fine stored vertically with the head up or horizontally. Avoid packing them up too tightly.

Please contact us if you need more help or information how to use our products!

With love, Natasha du Coco