Apr 15, 2014

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Paintbrush Sorting Solved!

Today I’d love to share a cheap, color-coded system to store your paintbrushes. The system is also student-friendly and will make keeping your brushes sorted a breeze! Having already used recyclables as a storage solution in another area of my room, I began saving containers of multiple sizes. I simply spray painted each recycled container black for uniformity and added a little flare with acrylic paint.  See how the matching system works in the video below!


How do you store your brushes? Can you share any other tips? 

Do you have a system in place for paintbrush clean-up?

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  • Nic Hahn

    Good one! I’ll use this:)

  • Lisa

    Great advice Jessica! I so agree with you.

    • http://www.theartofed.com/ Jessica Balsley

      This video was actually of Alecia Eggers, one of our writers, and showcases her beautiful classroom! :)

  • Erin

    Love the idea, I could really use this since all the teachers in my school use my art materials…but I can’t view the video. Would love to see it to get further details

  • ArtCLassWithLMJ.wordpress.com

    I’ve done this at a previous placement only I didn’t just organize by the different brushes but the sizes too! Because of that, I created the line design on the container with the paint brush it held and then when I was deciding which brush was best for the project, I could make the decisions quickly. Or, when I had students picking the brushes they desired, they could make the decisions about what kind of detail the had without much thought.

  • Leah Keller

    You are my organizing guru!!

  • Matty Miller

    What kind of paint did you use to dip brushes and make the lines? Were they pre mixed colors, house paints, or did you mix a bunch of each color? Thanks!

    • Alecia Eggers

      Hey Matty – I just used regular acrylic paint from the craft store and then sealed it with rustoleum gloss spray…this was the hard way. I would totally tape/mask them and then use the outdoor furniture spray paint!