• Terri Van Gorp

    Pamela,

    This was a very informative video and I really appreciate you showing the difference between the various types of paint brushes. Thanks for showing the types that aren’t going to give the best results as well. You can tell that you are passionate about your squirrel hair brushes. Each and every video that you produce provides a comfort level for artists at all levels of sink painting. Thanks again, for sharing your skills with us!

    • pglose

      You’re welcome, Terri, and thanks for taking the time to write such a thoughtful comment.

  • Over the years, I have attended several discussions about brushes…by brush manufacture reps. I always asked about brushes for silk painting – and told so many different things. One knowledgeable rep said silk dyes can damage watercolor brushes. I don’t know if this is true but Just in case, I save my good $$ sable brushes for watercolors. And I used the less expensive mop type watercolor brushes for silk painting. After Pamela’s article I can relax. Finally! PG you are a gem!

    • pglose

      Thanks Karren! That is very good input, and it’s much appreciated. Probably a good idea, then, to save your best watercolor brushes just for watercolors, although I’ve been using mine to paint silk for the past 20 years and they’re still going strong with no damage that I can see (they were not expensive either). Except of course for the handle damage I’ve caused by soaking them in too much water. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  • Diane

    As always, I learn something new in each of your videos. I think it’s time to start using my watercolor brushes. I agree that the calligraphy brushes don’t hold up and also don’t hold enough dye. Thanks.

    • pglose

      Glad to help. You will love using your watercolor brushes!

  • Patricia Pope

    Learned a lot about brushes; so I’m going to get out my best watercolor brushes and go for it..and put the squirrel brush on my Christmas wish list. On another topic: yesterday, I wrapped two scarves, as your e-book with video gave instructions, and I used the bamboo steamer on top of a large pot. I let it steam, I thought, for at least the two hours you recommend. When I unwrapped them..they were not wet at all..not even damp! But the top of the bamboo steamer was wet…so anyway..perhaps I should steam them again..as I am nervous about washing them out. What would you do, Pam?

    • pglose

      Hi Patricia, I’m glad you asked this question. If you used Jacquard green-label dyes (as I recommend in the ebook), you do steam for at least 2 hours. You start timing your two hours when the water begins to simmer and give off steam. As long as steam is being produced constantly for the two hours, you’re golden. Many times when you unwrap the silk it doesn’t feel damp; that’s okay. If you’re sure your water gave off steam for at least two hours, it’s safe to unwrap your silk and hand wash it. If you’re not sure, go ahead and steam it again just to be safe. By the way, when you rinse out your silk you’ll probably see some dye wash-out; that’s normal and nothing to get alarmed about. Keep me posted!