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How can I use the Mod Podge Decoupage Brushes?
Load the Mod Podge Decoupage Brushes directly from the bottle or a foam plate or bowl. While working in tight surface areas, press the shorter bristles into the creases to both apply Mod Podge, as well as to adhere the paper or fabric being decoupaged.
How do I keep my Mod Podge Decoupage Brushes clean?
Mod Podge and other water-based crafting products will wash out of the Mod Podge Decoupage Brushes with warm soapy water while the Mod Podge or paint is still wet.Never allow paint or Mod Podge to dry in the brush bristles.You may also use FolkArt Brush Plus to clean your Mod Podge Decoupage Brushes.
How is the FolkArt Shortie Brush different from other paintbrushes?
Each FolkArt Shortie Brush is manufactured as a 1” wide flat brush containing 100% hog hair with flag tip bristles. Hog hair bristles offer the stiffness needed to work the Barnwood Tint into a raw wood surface and the flag tip bristles allow the brush to hold more tint.
How should I care for my paint brushes to make them last longer and ensure better performance?
Proper cleaning and care makes brushes last longer and perform better. Wood and paper are hardest on brushes and will tend to make your brushes wear faster.
  1. Thoroughly rinse the brush with water, using the grid at the bottom on the Brush Basin®.
  2. Squeeze Brush Plus® brush cleaner or FolkArt® Brush Cleaner & Conditioner into the bristles and work it in with your fingers all the way to the ferrule. Rinse with water. Repeat if needed.
  3. After you have cleaned your brushes, use Brush Plus or FolkArt® Brush Cleaner & Conditioner to resize them. Work it in back and forth to get enough cleaner into the bristles to reshape them.
  4. Pull the bristles between your fingers to re-shape a chisel. With a flat brush you may need to do this a couple of times for the medium to start to set up.
  5. Make sure that your bristles are not touching a surface when drying.
  6. Store brushes with bristles upright in a cup or brush caddy.
Here are some other tips for making your brushes last longer.
  • Don't allow paint to dry in your brush.
  • As you paint, occasionally rinse the bristles with water.
  • Store brushes in the Brush Basin® or in a container that allows brushes to retain their form and be separated from each other.
How should I clean my decorative painting brushes?
Proper cleaning and care of brushes will not only make them last longer but also make them perform as they were designed to perform.
  1. Thoroughly clean the brush with water using the grid in the bottom of the Brush Basin®.
  2. Squeeze a small amount of Brush Plus Cleaner & Conditioner onto your brush.
  3. Place the brush scrubber in the palm of your hand, choose the correct height of scrubber teeth for your brush, then move the brush back and forth under the running water until the water runs clear.
  4. After cleaning, apply a small amount of Brush Plus Cleaner & Conditioner and reshape using your thumb and forefinger. Store with bristles upright in a cup or brush caddy.
More brush tips:
  • Do not allow paint to dry in the brush.
  • As you paint, rinse bristles out occasionally with water.
  • Store the brush upright in the Brush Basin® or in a container that will allow the brushes to retain their form and to be separate from one another.
Should I clean my brush when I am switching colors?
Yes, it is advisable to clean your paintbrush when changing colors as well as after each painting session.
The FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Paint Brush and Wax Brush seem too large for my small project. Is there another option?
Yes! The FolkArt Home Decor Paint & Wax Brush Set is ideal for smaller projects and for getting into small, detailed areas.
The Small Chalk Brush can be used in the same way as the Large Chalk Brush. The Small Wax Brush can be used in the same way as the Large Wax Brush. The Small Wax Brush can also be used as a stencil brush with the FolkArt Home Decor Chalk and FolkArt Home Decor Stencils.
The FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Paint Brushes seem too small for my extra large project. Is there another option?
Yes! The FolkArt Home Decor Wide Brush is 4in wide and is great for covering large areas quickly. The specialty nylon bristles are designed to create a smooth finish.
What are filbert brushes and how are they used?
Filberts are round brushes that are put into a flat ferrule. Sometimes these are easier to use than the rounds. For instance, they make it easier to start off the comma strokes because the hairs are already spread out. As you pull away from the surface to finish your stroke, you can slightly turn this type brush to the side to make a tiny tail to your comma stroke.
What are Mod Podge Decoupage Brushes?
Mod Podge Decoupage Brushes are the perfect applicators to use when decoupaging papers or fabrics onto surfaces with tight, detailed areas such as ornate frames, statuary, and figurines. Created with short, golden Taklon bristles, these brushes make it easier to press materials into tight surface creases. Mod Podge Decoupage Brushes are available in a three brush set.
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