If the paint has dried in the brushes, you could try dunking the brushes in rubbing alcohol. I vaguely remember a teacher saying something about using alcohol of some sort as an emergency brush-cleaner, but I never tried it. You generally don't want to let the acrylics dry in your brushes, because it ruins them.
You can scrape off your palette with a razor blade.
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While you're painting, have a little pan of water handy so when you are not using a particular brush put it in the water. Put it in there preferably laying at an angle, so the paint doesn't dry into the brush while you are using another one. Everybody's right. If the brush dries before you clean it out with soap and water, then you have a big problem.
Laying at an angle is just so the bristles don't end up being warped out of shape. Don't leave the brushes soaking in the water for days because the wood of the handle will soak and split. The water bath is only a temporary thing so your brushes don't become useless sticks.
Last edited by arttorney; December 10th, 2006 at 10:40 PM.
ok, so the last time i actually used my brushes was about 2 years ago.and stupid me was in a hurry to complete the project i was on i forgot to wash my brushes.the project i was working on used most of the brushes i own (about 10 - 12 brushes) and now every single one of them is rock hard.im soaking them in ammonia atm to try and soften them but im afraid it might not work....any suggestions?? can they be salvaged???or should i just bite the bullet and buy new brushes?