Glossary

Bristles – also known as hairs. can be natural, synthetic, or combination of both
Ferrule – the silvery bit that connects the bristles with the handle
Crimp – the part of the ferrule that secures it to the handle
Handle – usually made of wood or acrylic

 
Brush Quality
It is the handle, the bristle filament or mix there of, …

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If someone sends you flowers, and they come with their stems inserted in those nifty water tubes, here is a great tip for those times when you forget to clean your brushes:
Pour an inch or so of Murphy’s Oil Soap into the tubes. Thread the brush handle through the hole in the tub lids then …

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“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention” 
—Aesop
Painting and my participation in product design have allowed me to meet so many other gifted artists and gave me the self confidence to share my adventures through blogs, magazine articles and educational outlets. The best part of my journey, however, is being a …

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This easy, one-of-a-kind vase will keep a smile on your face long after the flowers are gone.
I loved the milky look of the vase and when I found out the top was the perfect fit for our Transform MasonTM Frog Lid, I knew I was on to something special.
Use a fine-tip permanent inside cut out flower …

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Summer has been hot, hot, hot here in Idaho and I know that all of you around the country are experiencing heat waves as well. Since I don’t live next to a beach anymore, I thought I might just cool off by creating my own little beach party.
Nothing makes a table more festive than candles, …

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Summertime goes hand and hand with unlimited fresh produce and recently I have been harvesting my share of raspberries from my garden. When I moved to Boise, one of my student’s dad gave me some raspberry canes and after I had my first crop, I was addicted to the sweet, fresh deliciousness that is packed …

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As an industry, we are seeing a new found interest in decorative painting, home décor and techniques.
Manufacturers, designers and product developers are at the TOP cycle of creativity. Crafters, artists and designers are exploring new possibilities and are putting aside their fears and trying new things. As a product designer, artist and crafter myself, I …

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As an artist, I am always curious to try new styles, mediums, techniques and discover new ways to express myself. I teach painting in my home studio and travel to conventions and seminars around the country. I like to share principles of painting and art, and to demonstrate different techniques and styles of decorative painting. …

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