The bristles of your brushes may discolor if you use hybrid ink. That is very typical! Many folks (including Tim Holtz!) designate one blending brush per color family of ink and then simply clean them down with a baby wipe or microfiber towel in between uses. However, since the goal is to blend colors together, it's not essential that they be from the same set.
If you want to get really fancy, you can make your own blending brushes. Just use natural materials like wood, bone, or even toothbrush bristles. You can find tutorials for making your own blending stumps on Pinterest.
As far as numbers go, it depends on how much blending you need to do. There are some fantastic artists out there who only use black ink on white paper and they're still amazing to look at. But if you want to blend colors together to create new ones or modify existing ones, then you'll need more than one brush.
There are two types of blending brushes you should know about: 1 Hybrid Ink Blending Brushes and 2 Synthetic Blending Stumps.
Hybrid ink blending brushes are usually made of goat hair and have additional layers of fiber when used with dark inks. These tend to be cheaper brushes that are good for experimenting with different techniques.
Set an old towel under the layer of garment that contains the ink stain and place your garment on a flat surface. Use a gentle detergent and warm water to wash the garment. Do not use a fabric softener as this will cause the stain to spread.
Once clean, hang the item in the sun to dry or put it in a dryer on low heat with a dishcloth or soft brush to remove any further stains. If you choose to dry-clean the item, be sure to use a dry cleaner that uses a dry cleaning process called "solvent cleaning". These cleaners contain chemicals that break down most types of ink stains.
If the ink stain remains after washing and drying, use a mild bleach solution (one part bleach to 10 parts water) to get rid of it. Be careful not to let the garment soak too long in the bleach solution or else the color might bleed.
After cleaning, rinse the stained area thoroughly with cold water and then dry it completely before wearing the item again.
Soak the paintbrush end in a cup of warm, soapy water. After a few minutes, gently massage the bristles to release the paint and swirl the brush in the cup. It will take some work, but the paint and stain may still be removed off the bristles. Rinse the brush in cold water and dry it thoroughly before using it again.
Stains from your paintbrush can be hard to remove. The more solid the stain, the harder it is to remove. However, there are things you can do to make removal easier. First of all, soak the brush in a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water for 20 minutes. Then rinse the brush under running water until all the vinegar mixture has been washed away.
If you add a little salt to your vinegar mixture, it will help dissolve any leftover paint on the brush. So next time you go painting, bring along a small bowl of salt and vinegar to clean your brushes after use.
Always wash your hands after handling paintbrushes. This prevents you from cleaning out your brushes prematurely which could leave some difficult-to-remove stains behind.
As well as being useful for getting rid of stains, a vinegar and water mix is also good for washing vegetables before cooking them.
Unlike traditional paint medium, these inks do not mix properly on the painting surface. Aside from their watery nature, the acrylic polymers in the paint cause it to cling to the paper rapidly and dry swiftly. This makes blending on paper quite tough. However, some artists may choose to mix the two media together as they find different properties between the paints and inks that can enhance each other's qualities.
In general, acrylics and oils are incompatible because they have such different chemical compositions. The only way to combine them is to mix the oil with acrylics or use them side by side. There are several ways an artist could approach this problem including mixing colors before applying them to the canvas, using color wheels to create new mixes, or even experimenting with different combinations of acrylics and oils on one piece of canvas.
Acrylics are a form of polymerized monomers dissolved in alcohol or ether solvents. The most common types include: acrylic acid, methyl methacrylate, ethyl methacrylate, n-butyl methacrylate, isobutyl methacrylate, benzoyl peroxide, and persulfate. Each type has different properties that determine how it is used. For example, acrylic paints are easy to work with but lack durability; while acrylic inks are strong and resist fading but are difficult to blend.
Brushes should not be soaked in solvents or water since this might harm the bristles. Use one set of synthetic painting tools for oil-based materials and another set for water-based products. If you don't move back and forth between the two types of bases, cleaning the paint brushes is considerably easier. Before washing them, put some oil on a paper towel and rub the brush vigorously to remove any trace of paint. Then wash it in hot water with a mild liquid soap.
Soaking your brushes in alcohol instead of water will destroy their quality and cause them to break easily. However, if you do so, be sure to rinse the brushes thoroughly under running water before drying them.
If you store your brushes properly, they will last for years without being washed or cleaned. But if you want them to keep their quality for as long as possible, then it's best to wash them regularly.
The most effective way to keep your brushes clean is to change them regularly. Of course, this is not always possible; for example, when working on a project that lasts longer than a single painting session. In this case, try not to use the same brush for several sessions to prevent cross-contamination. It is also important to wash your hands after handling dirty brushes or tools since this can spread contaminants from paint to skin to food when cooking later.
So yes, it is okay to soak your brushes in alcohol or water.
Pigment ink, unlike dye-based ink, dries on top of the paper rather than soaking into it. On uncoated card or paper, this means the ink takes a bit longer to dry, allowing you more time to mix and experiment with color! It also implies that pigment ink will not dry on glossy paper by itself. You'll need something else to get it to dry instead.
Pigment ink is faster to dry than dye-based ink, so if you want to experiment with mixing colors then pigment is the way to go. It's also good for when you want a sharp image because there's no bleeding between colors. Finally, it can be harder to wash out of papers if you make a mistake, so be careful not to spill any!
Pigment ink comes in many different types of bottles with different ingredients to help them dry faster. Some common ones are listed here: Bicolor (black and white) uses black pigment and white solvent to create white out lines against a black background. The black pigment prevents the bicolor ink from fully drying before it gets hit with the solvent, making white out easy to erase. Multicolor Ink consists of several different colors of pigment suspended in water. When mixed together, they make their own unique colors that don't bleed into each other. Most multicolor inks have an alcohol as a thinner to make sure they dry quickly without clogging up your pen.