I’m sure this scene’s familiar. It’s how your palette often looks before you start:
- Your lump of paint under a small bowl.
- Your reservoir of left-over paint under a larger one.
And your “applicator brush” – your hake – is clean and dry.
So yes, I’m sure you’ll recognise this sight:
Meanwhile, this is where you want to be before you start to paint:
It’s different: yes indeed.
Now your hake is a wonderful brush.
But it’s like a teenager: there’s a knack to waking it up and getting it ready for a day’s work.
A method …
Clean and dry
So your hake will start its day like this – clean, and dry as a bone:
And, to revive it – to wake it up – what doesn’t work well is this:
Maybe this won’t seem fair: after all, it’s fine to revive a tracing brush like this, by plunging it in water, then shaking off the excess:
But the hake is different. It’s special. You must handle it with care. And in this video, I want to show you what we do. Just please don’t do this …
… because ‘dunking’ your hake can cause you all kinds of problems (like shouting “Get out of bed!” at a 15 year-old).
There’s a gentler, slower, more effective way instead. This method you’re about to see, it revives your hake and loads it. It also helps you organise your palette:
How to revive your hake and organise your palette
(To download the video and play it off-line, click here.)
Effective – and fast
Now this video runs for five minutes. The reason is, I’m filming it and doing it step-by-step.
The great thing is, when you know what you’re doing, you can do it all in
four three two.
My point is: it won’t take you long to “swap water for paint”. Not long at all. And what you get in return is a revived hake and an organised palette.
Plus … perfect paint for undercoating or tracing with.