I’m sure this scene’s familiar – it’s how your palette often looks before you start:
- Your lump of paint is under a small bowl.
- Your reservoir of left-over paint is 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.
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 drowning your hake can cause you all kinds of problems (it’s like screaming “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.
Yes, just 2 minutes.
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.
P.S. If you’re interested in learning more, maybe this foundation course we filmed will help you get where you want.