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ArtByG

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on: July 29, 2014, 07:33:13 PM
The Pen Zen isn't really designed for artists. It's more of an office organization tool, but it works perfectly for holding brushes. I've tried many things that were designed for artists and I wasn't happy with any of them. I love the Pen Zen. Check it out here:

https://www.quirky.com/shop/27-pen-zen-desk-organizer


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Reply #1 on: July 29, 2014, 09:38:56 PM
Cute
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Reply #2 on: July 30, 2014, 12:17:42 AM
Dear ArtbyG;

I use a test tube holder I got from my local Lab.  They gave it to
me for FREE as they throw them out from time to time.  They
come in may different sizes.  This one has 36 slots and as you can
see many different lengths of brushes will stand up in it.

I also reuse it to put watercolour, drawing, and pastel pencils depending
on what I am working on.

May lynn


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Reply #3 on: July 30, 2014, 12:21:11 AM

Sorry!

Here is the holder I use.  It has 36 slots, but, you can get them in
many sizes






ArtByG

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Reply #4 on: July 30, 2014, 12:58:46 AM
I had one similar to that, but the brushes tilt and slant to the sides so that it is sometimes hard to put my hands on the one I need. I have even had brushes fall out when I bump one that's fallen to the side while I'm trying to reach another. I've also knocked the whole thing over and had brushes scattering everywhere. With the Pen Zen they stand straight up and stay exactly where you put them. Even if you accidentally turn the Pen Zen over, your brushes stay put. I like my Pen Zens so much that I'm throwing out all of the other brush holders that I have.

If you are happy with what you are currently using and it's free there is of course no reason to run out and buy a Pen Zen, but if there is anyone out there who isn't happy with their brush holders I highly recommend Pen Zen.


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Reply #5 on: August 01, 2014, 05:45:12 PM
Looks really useful but we can't have magnets aboard. They cause interference and eventually the salt air even gets the sealed ones to rust. Wonder if anyone makes one without the magnets......  :think:
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Reply #6 on: August 02, 2014, 01:05:45 AM
To be honest the magnets aren't very strong. Don't know if that makes a difference. They have something very similar for make up brushes. Don't know if they have the magnets.



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Reply #7 on: August 02, 2014, 01:58:41 AM
Nice brush holder, but i have heard on some other site that we should not have are brushes standing up, something about the hair falling out of place.  That is if you leave them like that permanently.  They should be placed down and after washing we should reform the hairs.


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Reply #8 on: August 02, 2014, 02:22:14 AM
Hmmm...Hadn't thought about that. Maybe Nolan or Dennis will pop in with an opinion.


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Reply #9 on: August 02, 2014, 12:30:01 PM
This might still be used for brushes if it is standing on end or on its side (if it can support the length of the brush).

Brushes left stored upright with the bristles/hairs exposed can collect dust causing the hairs to splay. Should this happen you may be able to reshape the brush with thorough cleaning and coating with soap, reshape and let dry. I have recovered some of my (40yr.) old oil brushes by doing this. If the brush is badly contaminated you may have to repeat the process a few times.
« Last Edit: August 02, 2014, 12:39:28 PM by Val »
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Reply #10 on: August 02, 2014, 08:36:36 PM
 O0 Val


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Reply #11 on: November 28, 2014, 07:08:58 AM
Val, does liquid soap (like dish soap) work or do you use the bar soap?

I made a brush holder out of a piece of "balsa" wood - I could have the name wrong, but is is a really soft wood I found in a cupboard (from when I was in grammar school - only more than 50 years ago) used for sculpturing.  I drilled holes in it to fit the brushes I used, and, in a sequence of spot brushes through liner brushes.  I did this was because I was tired of looking through 4 or 5 glasses of brushes to find the  brush I wanted. When I went looking for a new vase to help organize my brushes I found this piece of wood, drilled all sorts of holes with all sorts of sizes (sizes that would fit each brush).  So far I am happy.
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Reply #12 on: November 28, 2014, 10:09:38 PM
I normally use no perfumes, no dyes, no additive soap, just pure soap. (Simple Soap)   Rinse well and coat with the bar soap for storing. Dawn dish soap is great for cleaning, but I still use the bar soap to protect the brushes when not in use.

Bye the bye... Dawn will also remove most of the stains from enamel and plastic palettes.  O0
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Reply #13 on: November 29, 2014, 01:59:04 AM
Thanks for this tip to restore some of my favorite brushes.
Harwant.
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Reply #14 on: November 30, 2014, 11:38:10 AM
 :urwelcome:    Just as an adendum.... I use a pretty thick layer of soap after cleaning so I can reshape the hairs/bristles to their original shape. Sometimes it may take a few rounds to get it right and sadly...some are just too far gone.  :'(   
But then...  :idea: you get to buy a new one!  :heeha:    :yippee:      :cost:       :2funny:
Cheers, Val

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